War is an inevitable phenomenon in the world. Human history is full of such deadly events which have depleted the human race on a large scale. The Second World War was an unprecedented event in which millions of people were killed across the globe. Total war and direct combat have become an old tacit in the present modern times. The use of old techniques to kill the enemy have decreased due to the emergence of modern science and technology. Many new formulae have been introduced replacing out-dated methods of war, newer forms are more nuanced and deadlier; proxy wars have emerged to play a pivotal role in, indirect combat. Subsequently, to avoid first degree involvement in war, many countries have chosen to preserve their national interest; and fight indirectly. A proxy war is a war that results when opposing sides use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly, while powers have sometimes used governments as proxies. However, violent non-state actors, mercenaries or other third parties are more than often employed. It is hoped that these groups can strike the opponent down without leading to full-scale war. For instance, after the end of WW2 major super powers didn’t involve in any major confrontation but engaged in proxy wars, where they supported non-state actors to confront other nations on their behalf. In other words, proxy warfare is a conflict instigated by opposing powers which don’t fight against each other directly. Instead, they use third parties to do the fighting for them. Today, almost the whole world is occupied in different wars, especially in proxy wars. The war in Syria is a common example of a situation where Damascus is being used as a buffer state, by many powerful enemies such as Russia and the United States. Honestly speaking, the notion of anarchy in the international arena has destroyed the living standards of thousands due to the demolition and carnage wrecked by the warrior actors. The game of win-win and aspirations of becoming solely powerful has brought about nothing but devastation in the world. Another great instance of proxy has left furiously negative impacts on Yemen, its capital city Sanaa was completely wrecked, and famine was prevalent. There was not only the engagement of Moscow and Washington DC, but, mainly, it was also a war of ideologies between Tehran and Riyadh, leaving Yemen in shambles. The war in Syria is a common example of a situation where Damascus is being used as a buffer state, by many powerful enemies such as Russia and the United States In the same manner, Balochistan has become hub of foreign involvement, and is alleged to be a centre of many international secret agencies. It has become a hot-bed for regional and global proxy wars. One side of the picture shows the war between two nuclear rivals: Pakistan and India. The other side portrays images of conflict between different players including Uncle Sam and China. However, Delhi wants to destabilise Islamabad, as she can divert Pakistan’s focus from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) towards its internal affairs. Similarly, America does not want to provide any economic hub through which Beijing can boost its economy, even faster. Therefore, the US supports India in creating barriers against the project. Both, India and the US, have shared interests of creating an insurgency in Pakistan which is the gateway of economic prosperity for China. This leaves Pakistan in a vulnerable situation for being the destination of the next major proxy war. Hence it is evident that proxy wars are a brutal source of violence, where minute grains of wheat are being converted into political flour. This flour is not used to feed those fighting and starving in war stricken areas, but rather used to fill the stomachs of the powers controlling said wars. These wars can be avoided through bilateral agreements and negotiations between neighbours. There is a dire global need to live peacefully in the world by maintaining good ties with one another, and not resorting to violence. The writer has a Bachelors in Commerce and can be contacted on his Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published in Daily Times, August 9th 2018.