Code of the Frontier

When a woman doctor was allegedly raped by four armed men at a residence in the Baluchistan desert on Jan. 2, her assailants may well have expected her to be too ashamed to speak about it. They were wrong. In Pakistan's Baluchistan province, nothing is held in higher regard than a woman's honor, and the allegations of rape have the rough-and-tumble province, rich with natural gas fields, up in arms—literally. Baluch tribesmen have attacked a refinery and pumping station at the Sui gas fields, have sabotaged the pipeline that sends the natural gas to the rest of Pakistan, have blown up...