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Ban ki-Moon condemns terror attacks including Shia genocide in Pakistan

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by this upsurge of violence across Pakistan,” a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson said here. Ban deplored the terrorist attacks, including the assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in which at least 29 people died, and the attacks targeting Shia pilgrims in Balochistan that left 25 people dead and many others injured. He urged ...

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PAKISTAN: The AHRC appeals to Lateef Johar to end the hunger strike

A young student of 22 year has entered into 46 days of his hunger strike unto death today. His condition is very critical and there are fears of his slipping into coma as he faints most of the time. The government has completely ignored his hunger strike and forget providing medical help has not even bothered with monitoring his health. ...

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Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

By Malik Siraj Akbar A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to school in Pakistan’s Balochistan province left a bizarre warning on Tuesday outside a private school: “This is your last chance,” read a hand-written threatening letter that had been affixed outside the main entrance of the best known local school, the Oasis School. They had also ...

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Balochistan Marches for School Safety as Panjgur Braves Boko Haram-type Threats

By Anushe Noor Faheem. A tide of protests have swept Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan after threats from shadowy militants forced dozens of private schools in Panjgur, a district in the province, to close their schools.   The warning of “dire consequences” for private schools providing “western education” intimidated at least 35 private schools and 30 English language centers in Panjgur to shut their doors on May 7. Government schools ...

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Pakistan Student Wages Hunger Strike over Missing Baluch Leader

NDTV Report Karachi:  Eyes yellowing but sparkling with determination, Lateef Johar vows to carry on his month-long hunger strike until his missing leader is recovered — or he dies and another young Baluch takes his place. A month ago the 23-year-old chose to sit outside Karachi Press Club and refuse food, to demand the return of Zahid Baluch, the chairman ...

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Boko Haram in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Everyone knows about Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram who kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok last month. Known for its offensive acts against girls education, Boko Haram is also notorious for targeting education institutions, churches, mosques, and police stations. However, few pundits and analysts have noticed another Islamic extremist organization that is forcing schools to abandon educating girls ...

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From rallies to armed resistance in Balochistan

For the past two weeks, 23-year-old Latif Johar has refused to eat in protest against the disappearance of his comrade, Zahid Baloch, one of at least hundreds of ethnic Baloch forcibly disappeared by Pakistani intelligence agencies. Johar, increasingly frail, is now hooked up to a drip at the open-air protest camp for missing persons in Pakistan’s metropolis, Karachi. The hunger ...

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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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