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Shutter down strike against murder of Bugti tribesmen

Hasrat Iqbal Baloch Quetta: On 26 June, a complete shutter down was observed throughout Balochistan against enforced disappearance of seven young Bugti tribesmen allegedly   picked up by security forces and later on their dead bodies were recovered. The Baloch nationalist and pro-freedom party Baloch Republican Party B.R.P being led by Bramdagh Bugti had given call for shutter down against their murder. ...

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Fact-finding: Jahangir calls for paradigm shift in Balochistan

By Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: Amidst rampant allegations of extrajudicial killings and unabated militant violence in Balochistan, famed rights campaigner Asma Jahangir has appealed to the security and intelligence agencies to work within the ambit of the Constitution. “The government will have to avoid a pro-security policy, and formulate pro-peoples policies,” Jahangir, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told a ...

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Bolan Medical Complex Hospital re-opens today

By: Farah Jamil, QUETTA:  Bolan Medical Complex was reopened on Tuesday, 10 days after a terrorists attack on the medical facility and a suicide blast in a university bus, killing over 25 people in the violence-ravaged capital of Balochistan, media reported. Amid tight security in the hospital, doctors started their services today as long queues were witnessed at OPDs. Three nurses, ...

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US aims to salvage Afghan peace talks with trip to Hamid Karzai

By Ben Farmer, Doha James Dobbins was expected at the Afghan president’s palace after flying from Qatar, with the US still trying to soothe Afghan anger over last week’s opening of a Taliban political office in the Gulf state. The veteran diplomat, who is Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, must also revive long-running security talks with Kabul after they were cancelled by ...

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US and Afghanistan reaffirm commitment to Taliban talks

By Reuters A White House statement said Mr Obama and Mr Karzai held a video conference call in which they also talked about US and Afghan plans for the handover of security to Afghan forces as US troops seek to exit by the end of 2014. A brazen assault by Taliban militants on Tuesday cast doubt on attempts at peace talks. ...

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Asma Jahangir to Lead Balochistan HRCP Fact Finding Mission

From Express Tribune  LAHORE: Asma Jahangir will lead the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) high level fact finding mission to Balochistan in light of Saturday’s terrorist attacks in Quetta and Ziarat. In the press statement made on Tuesday, HRCP strongly condemned the attacks and went on to add that the attacks have greater significance in light of the recent political changes ...

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U.N. Secretary General Condemns Quetta Attacks

QUETTA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a national monument Balochistan, which left at least 20 civilians dead, many of whom were female students. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said no cause justifies such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women ...

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500 valuables paintings stolen in Budapest

5 00 paintings and works of art have been stolen from apartment belonging to a deceased collector. BUDAPEST (AFP) – More than 500 valuable paintings and works of art have been stolen from a Budapest apartment belonging to a deceased collector, Hungarian police said Saturday, in series of robberies that apparently went undetected for years. “The police have opened an investigation ...

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Afghan MPs block violence against women bill

K ABUL (AFP) – The Afghan parliament on Saturday cut short a debate on a bill to protect women  from violence after complaints from some traditionalist MPs that it was against Islamic teaching. The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, which was passed by a presidential decree in 2009, is seen as a benchmark piece of legislation marking progress since ...

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Pakistan adopts China GPS

P akistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China’s domestic satellite navigation system, which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, according to a report yesterday. The Beidou, or compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has ...

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