International

What Everybody Ought to Know About Journalists in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Pakistan is known as one of the most dangerous areas for journalists. In particular, one of Pakistan’s provinces, Balochistan, has become the epicenter of violence against journalists where more than 34 have been killed in last six years. Most of these journalists were abducted and later killed. Relatives of these journalists and reporters allege that Pakistani ...

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EU promises 30m Euros to Balochistan for education sector

QUETTA: European Union (EU) has pledged to provide 30 million Euros for development of the education sector in Balochistan.  Addressing a function organized at the head office of Balochistan Rural Support Program, the head of the EU delegation, Berend de Groot said ways and means were discussed with Pakistani officials during the past three months for development of the education ...

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Press Freedom Day Must Recognize the Plight of Journalists in Balochistan

By Mir Behram Baloch May 3 is universally celebrated as press freedom day to raise the voice for freedom of expression and create awareness about the importance of press freedom. The United Nations General Assembly declared this day to remind governments about their obligation to respect the right of free expression. However, when we observe Pakistan’s treatment of press freedom we find ...

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CM Balochistan meets Consul General of Japan Mr. Akira Ouchi

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik has said that Japan always supported and helped Pakistan on all crucial occasions. “Japan is playing a vital role for the welfare of masses and improvement of different social sectors,” he said, adding that we hope Japan would continue to play its essential role in development of education, health and other sectors. He ...

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Don’t ignore Balochistan, Brahamdagh Bugti urges intl. human rights groups

Geneva: Exiled Baloch leader and President of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Brahamdagh Bugti has urged international human rights groups not to ignore the worsening situation in Balochistan, the Pakistan‘s largest province. He said incidents of enforced disappearances; torture and killings in Balochistan are on the rise, as security forces have adopted a “pick, kill and dump” policy against educated youth and ...

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Attack on Hamid Mir: A Threat to Press freedom

By Mariyam Mohammed Suleman  Once I had an opportunity to visit “Newseum” the Museum of news in Washington DC. There were numerous things to explore, to know and to learn as a student but among all the other interesting objects there, one thing caught my attention “The World Press Freedom Wall”. I was mystified and confused with those colors which ...

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CPJ condemns attack on TV news anchor Hamid Mir

New York, April 19, 2014­–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continuing violence directed at journalists in Pakistan. Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir today was shot three times soon after he and his driver left Karachi’s main airport, according to media reports. The driver was not wounded. “The attack on Hamid Mir is an indicator that the government ...

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Sundlee ’16: The forgotten people of Balochistan

By Robyn Sundlee Three months ago, a mass grave was discovered in Pakistan. More than 100 bodies were found in three different pits, decomposed beyond recognition. These casualties were not products of the war on terror or religious strife, as many might be quick to assume. Rather, they were victims of pure persecution. This is just the latest in a gruesome ...

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Baloch Society is Rapidly Changing

Mir Behram Baloch When the British ruled, they were actually respected and liked by much of the local people. This comes out in a verse written by a poet who spoke of Sir Robert Sandeman: “Sandeman Sahib is the friend of us all/ he gives us money to have nose-rings made/all our jewelry is made of gold/and if we have no gold ...

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Balochistan’s Inherent Value

By Banuk Horaan Baloch  The vast mountainous desert region in Pakistan’s southwest is known as Balochistan, or Land of the Baloch. Covering 347,190 square kilometers, Balochistan constitutes 44% of Pakistan’s total landmass. In the North and Northwest lies the Durand line, dividing Balochistan and Afghanistan. To the West is the Iranian border, and in the North & East is the Indus ...

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