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Iron Ore in Balochistan

By Aziz Ajaz As for as the geological importance of Balochistan is concerned, it is generously bestowed, by major raw materials including iron ore, coal and manganese, which used for the production of steel, generating of power to run the industries machinery of Pakistan and metallurgy, refectories, fluxes and fillers respectively. The comparative advantages, international and regional importance of coastal ...

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Taliban in Balochistan

By  Hasrat Iqbal                                             It was last Friday when I went to pay my prayers. Soon after the congregation a young man with a long beard and long hair wearing a black turbine round his head stood up in the first row. “Dear Muslim brothers, Tehrik e Taliban Afghanistan are busy in a war against U.S, NATO and their allies ...

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Malala’s vision and United Nation

By Baloch Khan Malala Yousafzai earned fame by her struggle to promote female education in backward area of Swat, a Talban influenced area in Pakistan. International humanitarian organizations especially United Nations encouraged her, when On Oct 9, 2012, she was shot on her head and neck by Taliban.  It is questioned; Why Malala’s issue is given unusual attention and importance ...

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Task force is a tool to further delay the issue: VBMP

Quetta: The Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Nasarullah Baloch has said that Task force was a tool to further delay the issue. He said the administration was resorting to delaying tactics in the arrest of former ISI officer Brigadier Siddique, despite clear directives of the apex court.   He said this while addressing a press conference along ...

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Task force on missing persons

Despite the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) intervention in the missing persons’ issue, no real headway seems to have been made. A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice instructed the federal government to come up with a comprehensive and efficacious policy within 10 days on how it plans to recover the missing persons. In response, the federal government has constituted a ...

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Baloch women taking more prominent role

 Fahad Desmukh For several years, Pakistan has been facing a separatist insurgency by ethno-nationalist rebels belonging to the Baloch ethnic group. The guerrillas in the southwest province of Balochistan have become increasingly daring with their attacks. Two weeks ago, they shocked the rest of Pakistan by destroying the historic residence of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah in the town ...

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Systematic Hazara killings: 312 killed in six months

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Last year the former chief minister of Balochistan, Aslam Raisani, responded to a journalist’s question regarding the massacre of the Hazara community at Mastung: “The population of Balochistan is in millions, 40 dead in Mastung is no big deal.  I can send a truckload of tissue paper for them to wipe their tears.” Did the former chief ...

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Levies man among four gunned down in Khuzdar

Quetta: Gunmen killed four people, including a Levies constable, in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan on Thursday. According to the sources that militants, who had already taken up positions on the roadside, opened fire at a vehicle near Gazgi Chowki area of Khuzdar district.  The targeted vehicle was carrying Levies officials who were bringing injured from an earlier firing incident ...

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Federal govt forms task force to work on missing persons’ issue

Islamabad: The federal government on Wednesday formed a task force to look into the issue of missing persons. The additional secretary of the Ministry of Interior would be the head of task force, while additional IGs of all provinces, interior secretaries, ISI and MI officers will be a part of the team. A notification in this regard will soon be presented in the Supreme Court According ...

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A ‘made-in-China’ solution?

Sanaullah Baloch    Balochistan’s dormant conflict was triggered by the exploitative nature of the multi-billion mega projects introduced by Musharraf. The general signed off on the Gwadar Port project and gave away the world’s best copper-gold project, Saindak, to the Chinese without a fair and transparent bidding process. To ensure the smooth and uninterrupted expropriation of Balochistan’s natural wealth he ...

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