Struck by this quote about Waziristan (Pakistan, north of Balochistan), the piece includes some scarier Taleban material too.
“In North Waziristan, it is religion that overrides all tribal bondages and customs, making it the most conservative region.”
The story in neighbouring Balochistan is mainly tribal / local disputes over natural (gas) resources. I recall all the tribal militia check-points on the roads around Dera Bugti, not far from Quetta, when working at a gas plant 15 or so years ago – that was after the Russian Afghan campaign, and just about everyone seemed to own a Kalashikov. (And just about every mud-brick hut had a vcr and a satellite dish too).