International

Pakistan activists upset by new security law

By Asad Hashim  Islamabad, Pakistan – Sitting in a tent outside the Islamabad Press Club, in the baking heat of the Punjab summer, Zerjan Baloch awaits justice. Not that she expects to receive it, she says. On March 18, witnesses said a group of armed men in paramilitary uniforms and others in plainclothes apprehended Zahid Baloch, Zerjan’s husband, in the southwestern city ...

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Journalists in Troubled Pakistan Province Face Disappearance, Torture

By Sherry Ricchiardi The tall, lanky reporter brushed away tears as he described the mangled bodies and anguished cries for help.  Shell-shocked survivors wandered aimlessly in the rubble left in the wake of a suicide bombing. Minutes after medics, police and the media rushed to the scene, a second explosion shook the neighborhood.  The reporter watched in stunned silence as ...

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Pakistan’s Boko Haram: Learning English Is Dangerous

By Anna Mahjar-Barducci Every country in the Islamic world has its own Boko Haram.  As in Nigeria, where Boko Haram stands for “Western education is forbidden”, extremists in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, are saying “no” to education.  Last May, the little-known armed group Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqan (TIF) had warned all private schools imparting co-education and Western education toimmediately shut down in the Panjgur district.  The movement ...

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Boko Haram beyond Nigeria: Girls’ education under threat

By Bina Shah The terrible kidnapping of the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram, a Nigerian armed group, has evoked disgust and condemnation from people all over the world. The incident happened more than a month and a half ago, yet nothing has happened to help these girls except for a Twitter hashtag campaign and the reported arrival of a British ...

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Balochistan’s Boko Haram

By Shahzada Zulfiqar The closure of all private English-medium schools and language centres in Balochistan since April 25 has made headlines around Pakistan. After news of the closure broke, people across the province assumed that the Taliban, or outfits affiliated with them, had penetrated the Baloch belt which is generally known as a liberal region. But the honour this time ...

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Balochistan Chief Minister Vows to Fight Terrorists in Panjgur

By Mir Behram Baloch  QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch has vowed to fight the extremists and terrorists forcibly closing educational institutions in Panjgur district of the troubled province. At a seminar held in Quetta on Saturday, politicians, educators and members of civil society urged law enforcement to protect teachers and education institutions in Panjgur, one of the most backward districts in ...

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Human Rights Education in Pakistan

By Gul Khan Naseer I have been advocating for the rights of religious minorities and marginalized groups in my area since I became a human rights activist and a development professional. Still, there is much more to do, as it is just the beginning. It is really very discouraging for me and my friends that the indigenous Hindu community is ...

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Germany: B.R.P protest against Human Rights violations in Balochistan‏

Germany: Baloch Republican Party Germany chapter held a protest demonstration in Frankfurt Romerberg town hall against enforced abduction of Baloch Student Organization Azad chairman Zahid Baloch and military operations in Balochistan. The protest was aimed to highlight the gross Human rights abuses in Balochistan being committed by state forces, such as enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and military operations Balochistan. Baloch ...

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Baloch Political Philosopher and nationalist Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri laid to rest in New-Kahan, Quetta

Quetta:  Baloch Political Philosopher and veteran Baloch nationalist Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, who passed away on June 10th, has been laid to rest in New-Kahan, Quetta on Thursday. Thousands of Baloch people, political leaders, students participated in the Funeral. Nawab Khair Buksh Marri (86) died on Tuesday in Karachi at a private hospital after his worse health condition. His dead body was ...

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Baloch Nationalist Leader Khair Bakhsh Marri Passes Away

Karachi : Baloch nationalist Leader Khair Bakhsh Marri  passed  away  on Tuesday, June 10, 2014  at private hospital  in Karachi.  Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, 86, was hospitalized in Liaquat National Hospital Karchi up on his serious illness where he was under treatment in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). According to the doctors because of a brain stroke he was unable to ...

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