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U.N. Secretary General Condemns Quetta Attacks

QUETTA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a national monument Balochistan, which left at least 20 civilians dead, many of whom were female students. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said no cause justifies such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women ...

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Paradoxical tribal system in Balochistan

By Qasim Baloch Exploitation prevailing in Balochistan has not a single factor but intermingled with many internal and external factors. It is not only the extreme centralized federation but also the bulling tribal system. The conceptual and as well the practical framework of tribal system is totally based on ascribed statuses, huge classified strata and feudalistic in nature. Obviously, tribal ...

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Hindus Are Treated As Second Class Citizens

Dr   Shah Mohammad Marri is a professor at theBolan Medical College (B.M.C.), Quetta, and a renowned Baloch historian and intellectual. He is the editor of the progressive monthly magazine,Sangat [friend[ and the author of several books. The Baloch Hal spoke to him exclusively about the state the Hindu religious minorities in Balochistan, their origin and contemporary challenges.  Who are the Hindus living in Balochistan? Hindus are ...

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Pakistan’s Unfair Elections

On  May 1, 2013, a full-page ad in Pakistan’s Dawnnewspaper read: “My Dear Pakistanis, have you thought why PPP, ANP and MQM are targeted?” The ad was referring to three secular political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP.) and the Muthida Quami Movement (MQM). The three parties formed a coalition that ran the previous national government from 2008 ...

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Balochistan Under Siege

The  headline, “Election security: Balochistan braces for surgical operation” in a national daily left me amazed at the deviousness media uses in its reporting of distressing events and issues to make them look completely innocuous, or even praiseworthy. The crafty employment of words and phrases is truly beguiling and lethally effective in constructing or deconstructing opinions and views about issues. ...

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Reko-Diq And Balochistan’s Fate

The Supreme Court of  Pakistan finally turned   Reko-Diq project accord void , which was signed 20 years ago .This project  was signed between  Balochistan government  and Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) a joint  venture between Antofagasta of Chile and Canadian’s Barrick Gold corporation.. This costly project of gold and copper in twenty years could not bring and economic development in Balochistan, ...

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DR Malik Latest Interview with Anwar Iqbal

By Anwar Iqbal  Democracy is the only option for Baloch nationalists,” says Balochistan’s new chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. “We need to connect with national democratic forces to achieve our objectives. We need to work within Pakistan. We have no other option. In  an interview to Dawn.com, Dr Malik said that a move by US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to create ...

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500 valuables paintings stolen in Budapest

5 00 paintings and works of art have been stolen from apartment belonging to a deceased collector. BUDAPEST (AFP) – More than 500 valuable paintings and works of art have been stolen from a Budapest apartment belonging to a deceased collector, Hungarian police said Saturday, in series of robberies that apparently went undetected for years. “The police have opened an investigation ...

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Afghan MPs block violence against women bill

K ABUL (AFP) – The Afghan parliament on Saturday cut short a debate on a bill to protect women  from violence after complaints from some traditionalist MPs that it was against Islamic teaching. The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, which was passed by a presidential decree in 2009, is seen as a benchmark piece of legislation marking progress since ...

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Pakistan adopts China GPS

P akistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China’s domestic satellite navigation system, which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, according to a report yesterday. The Beidou, or compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has ...

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