|History of Balochistan|
|Balochistan is the largest province
of Pakistan, which makes 44% of the country's land mass. It traces its
history from times immemorial when it was inhabited by Stone Age hunters.
According to French Archaeologist Professor Jarrige, by 6,000 BC farmers on
the Bolan River were cultivating barley, wheat and dates using floodwater
and storing their surplus in large mud bins. The people here were growing
cotton and making pottery.
Before the birth of Christ, it had
commerce and trade links with ancient civilization of Babylon through Iran
and into the valleys of Tigris and Euphrates. Alexander the Great (326 BC)
had an encounter with the Sibia tribe of Balochistan. Muhammad Bin Qasim
(711 AD) and Mehmood Ghaznavi (11th century AD) also invaded Balochistan
resulting in the development of Muslim character. Even today most tribal
people of this province resemble Arabs and the inhabitants can be quite a
fascinating subject of study by anthropologists.