The Pakistani Federation is torn by the rising dissensions between a dominant Punjab majority and the disaffected Baluch, Sindhi and Pashtun ethnic minorities. The centre for International Policy under its Asia Programme Director, Selig S. Harrison has recently released a special report entitled, 'Pakistan: The State of the Union after conducting a six-month research from October 2008 through March 2009. After focusing on four key issues, i.e., the intractable nature of the ethnic conflict; the principal grievances of the minorities and the response of the central government; and how the American policies will actually affect these ethnic conflicts, Mr Harrison concludes that in spite of the active military assistance sought by the Baluch and Sindhi insurgents from foreign powers the Pakistan Federation will sustain if the provincial autonomy provisions of the 1973 Constitution are fully implemented.