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Boko Haram in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Everyone knows about Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram who kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok last month. Known for its offensive acts against girls education, Boko Haram is also notorious for targeting education institutions, churches, mosques, and police stations. However, few pundits and analysts have noticed another Islamic extremist organization that is forcing schools to abandon educating girls ...

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Our hunted students

Mahvish Ahmad Twenty-four year old Latif Johar is wasting away outside the Karachi Press Club. Three weeks ago, he declared a hunger strike unto death, in protest against the disappearance of Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azaad, or BSO-Azaad. Banuk Kareema Baloch, BSO-Azaad’s vice chairman, witnessed the gunpoint abduction of Zahid, and pointed the finger squarely at ...

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Silencing the Baloch Malalas

By Mariyam Suleman Baloch A 16-year old girl standing in the United Nations’ headquarter, addressing hundreds of well known officials form around the world, having pledge in her voice and rationality in her words who was gunshot for only a desire which in fact is one of her fundamental rights. Today in this 21st century, every young girl has the ...

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Boko Haram in Makran

By  Adnan Aamir Despite being badly affected by nationalist insurgency, the Makran division of Balochistan is among the most literate regions in the province. In recent times, however, education in this division, in particular in the Panjgur district, has come under serious threat, with religious extremists demanding the closure of co-ed and girls’ schools. Unfortunately, civil society in the rest ...

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Gwadar: The Devastating Condition of Degree College

By  Mariyam Suleman Baloch “Stepping to the bus and crossing by the barren arid sandy roadsides of my homeland, a silence of the regime I hear and by the time I reach to my college, a squandering of my talents I experience sometimes. An outrageous state of my college truly anguishes me each day. I have some aims and dreams. ...

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Pakistan’s Boko Haram

By Malik Siraj Akbar While Pakistan’s federal government continues to give in to the Taliban pressure, women and school children in one small Pakistan-Iran border town in southwestern Balochistan province are offering unprecedented resistance against calls by Islamic extremists to shut down girls’ schools. Pakistan has featured in the recent times in the western media for attacks on girls’ education, destruction of schools and ...

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Welcome to the war on “vulgar, western education” in Balochistan

By Hina Baloch Wearing her traditional Balochi dress, Rabia stood tall with great poise and confidence, in a hall filled with teachers and students, at a local high school in Richmond, Virginia. This was her twelfth presentation in one week and, by now, she was visibly confident in speaking to a foreign audience in her Balochi-accented English. Rabia spoke about ...

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Each penny of resources would be spent for the education of the children: Chief Minister Balochistan

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has pledged that each penny of resources would be spent for the education of the children. “We fully support the policies of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif over good governance and against extremism,” he stated this while addressing to an event of “Prime Minister’s Free Reimbursement Programme” that held at Governor’s House here on Wednesday. ...

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Terrorists Threaten to Close Girls Schools in Panjgur

By Changiz Baluch  My hometown Panjgur in Pakistan’s Balochistan province was once among the most educated towns in Balochistan. Now it is terrorized by a radical armed group called Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqanopposing girls education in the district. On April 25, a letter from the group circulated in Panjgur warning all the private schools to stop Western education, which the terrorists claimed to ...

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Poor State of Education in Balochistan

By Bahram Sayad, Turbat Though Balochistan is the richest province of Pakistan since it contains mineral resources in the shape of marble, coal, oil, gold copper, natural gas and a 750 km long coastal build but still the province is deprived of  supports from all types of social, economic and political crisis. The incidence of poverty is higher than anywhere ...

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