He said that terrorism and militancy was being supported by foreign forces and facilitated by insiders.

Gen Sharif said issues in Balochistan were complicated by the foreign interference across a porous border spanning hundreds of kilometers.

He noted that law enforcement agencies had carried out over 2,400 intelligence-based operations in Balochistan since August 2014 during which 204 lives were lost.

He said that lack of developed infrastructure, extreme poverty, poor educational and health facilities, and rampant unemployment lend credibility to the complaints of the aggrieved section of society.

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