Monday, January 20, 2020
Parallel insurgencies in Balochistan province.
Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for a January 10 blast in Quetta, saying it was targeting an Afghan Taliban mosque; the attack was probably retaliation for a Taliban offensive that late last year pushed IS out of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. Quetta is the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, where IS, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and ethnic Baloch nationalist insurgents are all active. Pakistan’s key ally China is investing heavily in Balochistan under the rubric of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).