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Dearth of Facilities in Schools Leaves Education System Broken in Balochistan

By: Mir Behram Baloch “I can’t attend school,” says Mahwish, a seven grader at a school in a village near Kalat district. She admits that there has been a rise in number of students in her school in the past few years but many of her friends alike her have left school too. What is causing Mahwish and students like ...

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Women-Oriented Politics: A Challenge for Balochistan

By: Mariyam Suleman As a local active woman in Gwadar, Asma Baloch participated in political activities with some of her senior colleagues for several years, finally, as part of Balochistan National Party; she made her way into the local government of Gwadar as a councilor. The prospect of becoming part of the local leadership made her feel, she recalled recently- ...

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No tangible measures by government keep Gwadar thirsty

 By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch    The demand for supplying clean and safe drinking water to the residents of Gwadar has once again increased. The dire need of water can be measured that people are compelled to block roads to protest against unpredictable power, and water supply. The Populaces in Gwadar has been demanding for water for years but the assurance ...

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Thousands of workers become jobless as Govt imports coal from abroad

By:  Mir Hazar Khan Baloch QUETTA: Importing coal from abroad has devalued the coal of Balochistan. Thousands workers, associated with this industry have become jobless. 60-years-old Mohammad Yaqoob, working as mine worker since childhood, expressed his grief by telling that mine workers put their lives in danger by working hard and bringing sack of coal from thousands feet down of ...

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Health sector accountability—whose domain?

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch   It was shocking news for Abdul Razzaq when he came to know that he had been diagnosed with cancer. The painful saga continued and he lost his complete hand up-to shoulder in two different surgeries.   “I had fever and visited a doctor for checkup, he gave me an injection. However, instead of recovering, my arm ...

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Administratively disowned juniper forest of Harboi

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Abdul Slam, 42, is one of the hundreds of wood cutters who regularly chop juniper trees from mountains of Harboi located in Kalat district of Balochistan, one of the rare and centuries’ old forests in the world. Slam is least aware if he is chopping down what may otherwise be a biosphere reserve and cultural treasure ...

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Balochistan Youth Policy hangs in balance

By: Mir Behram Baloch Fatima Iqbal Khan, 35, is active youth and human rights activist. She has recently been honored with National Award for Human rights by president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain for the best achievement.  She is one of the activists who drafted youth policy in 2014 for Environment, Sports & Youth Affairs Department Government of Balochistan; however, the ...

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Innocence Handcuffed: Juvenile justice system in Balochistan

By:  Masmoom Shahwani QUETTA: He is only 14 but moved to courthouse in a prisoner delivery van along with other hardened criminals for bail. Peeping from the wire meshed window of the van, he can watch the uniformed school children of his age walking to schools with books in hand, bags slinging down the shoulders and faces shinning. However, tears ...

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Gwadar: Fishermen’s Quest for Survival With their Ancestral Livelihood

By: Mariyam Suleman Fishermen’s children play at the “PadiZir” (west bay) beach of Gwadar while seeing their fathers and elder brothers dragging their boats toward the waves of Arabian Sea meeting the shores of Makran coast. “Things have changed over the years. As a little boy, I used to get fish for free when the fishermen anchored their boats at ...

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50 bedded hospital awaits completion for 8 years

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch KALAT: Imam Bakhsh, 45, with his wife and two month old baby, has traveled on a donkey cart from Sour area of Kalat district, some 50 Km away from District Head Quarter to get her sick wife and malnourished baby checked by a doctor. However, the destination has not come yet, because they will have to ...

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