Features

Online Journalism: An Innovative Approach in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch While online journalism has been gaining interest of readers globally and has affected print industry in most of the European countries; interestingly, the journalists from Balochistan, the most backward province of Pakistan, have introduced this digital journalism in province. Nearly a decade ago some bloggers and journalists launched their blogs and online newspapers in Balochistn to ...

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Drug Abuse Spirals Up Alarmingly in Kalat

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Ghulam Sarwar, 21, a young boy with a disability and untidy dress is always seen begging in Kalat Market. He does not beg to feed his family members but to buy packet of cigarette and most importantly the packs of Heroin which he needs twice a day. “I was addicted to Hashish in the school age ...

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Controversies Fill Air about UoB’s Administrative and Financial Matters

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch An hunger strike by the activists of different students’ organizations staged outside the Quetta Press Club in protest against incumbent administration of University of Balochistan (UoB) has entered its 125 day. UoB is the largest and the only university in Balochistan’s capital city Quetta, where students of province can acquire higher education with a reasonable fee ...

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‘Doctors Killed Isplinji’s Queen’

By: Masmoom Shahwani She screamed out of obstetric pain in the labour room. Perhaps these were the final hours. It was 3 o’clock in the morning. Pregnant women laboured on the beds arranged in a row at Labour Room of biggest state ran Hospital in Quetta. But the lady gynecologist, on night duty on that fateful night, had ordered nurses ...

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Harboi’s abandoned junipers

By: Muhammad Akbar Notezai  KALAT: A thin spire of smoke curls from the forest floor where four boys are bent over a pot at the foot of an old juniper tree near a stream of water. Motorcycles parked to a side and loud music blaring from speakers, they are here for a picnic. The broken bran­ches of the stately tree ...

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Declining Date Palm Produce in Panjgur Questions Govt Responsibility

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area with comparatively lesser population is not only replete with natural resources of Gas, Gold, Copper, silver, oil and other mine and minerals but according to agricultural experts it is gifted with four agro-ecological zones for a unique environment for the production of a great variety of ...

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Balochistan: Fighting Gender Equality in Political Process

By: Mariyam Suleman  With her colorful traditional Balochi dress, (now a housewife) Amina Baloch is unwavering in purpose. Few years back, she was keenly aware of the expectations the women in her area had of her as their councilor in Neghey, 300 kilometers from the provincial capital of Quetta, a village in the district of Kuzdar.        Amina ...

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Prosthetic but new life for victims of war and disabilities

By: Mir Hazar Khan Baloch Prosthesis Maker is the sole institution in the province, giving new lives to the people with disabilities. Mohammad Idris has thrice brought his eight-year-old daughter Nazia for checkup in this institution. Three years ago Nazia had fever that ultimately compelled her to discontinue her work. Treatment to be able to navigate the many efforts made ...

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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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