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Census in Balochistan: Who Gets Counted?

Adnan Aamir On August 22, a tripartite meeting between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UNCHR took place in Kabul. In that meeting Afghanistan requested the government of Pakistan to extend the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan by two years; the deadline for their stay is set to expire in December this year. Pakistan is yet to make a decision on ...

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Deplorable Healthcare System in Balochistan

Nazir Ahmed Sajjidi The Health care system in Balochistan is badly broken; it is high time to re-fix it. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity. A healthy family has always chance to thrive and flourish while a sick and disease prone family is less likely to ...

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Restoring Peace in Balochistan

Shahzada Zulfiqar Government’s efforts of carrying out targeted and information based operations against the militants, across Balochistan, and offering general amnesty to Baloch fighters have yielded some results in form of restoring relative peace in the province. Under the National Action Plan (NAP), the government in consultation with military high ups of the province drew a road map for peace ...

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Radio Pakistan Transmission or Sports Complex?

Adnan Aamir During the 1950s two radio transmitters were installed at a 64-acre land on Sariab Road Quetta. These transmitters used to broadcast transmission of Radio Pakistan Quetta, 18 hours a day, in Brahvi, Balochi and Urdu. This transmission was heard all over Balochistan, Afghanistan, Iran and even Gulf states. In 2010, the transmitters stopped working. Radio Pakistan, due to ...

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Bleak Future of Balochistan Educational Sector

Akhtar Baloch The overall educational sector of Balochistan has failed to provide quality education because it lacks qualified human resources and sufficient schools and infrastructure. According to Policy planning and Implementation Unit (PPIU) there is only one middle school for approximately 9 primary schools. Total there are 10,585 primary schools and 1,165 middle schools; most of which lack basic facilities ...

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War Against Economic Terrorism in Balochistan

Adnan Aamir Balochistan is facing myriad problems ranging from insurgency to sectarian violence and bad governance. In such a situation, one of the less focused issues is the rampant corruption in the province which has rendered the government machinery ineffective.  Corruption is not a new problem for Balochistan. In fact the second Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Ghulam Qadir, was ...

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Gwadar Port and Strategic Regional Interests – Part 2

Ayaz Ahmed This is Part-2 of three articles series on this topic. Click here to read Part-1 of this series As regards Chinese military interests, China needs this critical choke point to achieve its strategic objective of becoming an “impregnable naval power” in the Indian Ocean. It is calculated to check the Indo-US domination of the Arabian Sea, and use ...

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Plight of Education in Balochistan

Zafar ullah Musyani On 5th September, Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BBISE) Quetta announced the annual result of intermediate exams. According to the chairman board only 7,710 students out of 26,880 passed the examination. Whereas 19,173 candidates failed in the exams. Likewise, this time the result depicted a dark future of Balochistan. And, it also evolved several questions ...

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Educational Emergency Fiasco

Fida Baloch Recently announced intermediate results showed the real face of steps taken by the Government of Balochistan in the name of “Educational Emergency.” Only 28% students were able to pass the exams and from those passed almost half stets have secured marks in second and third division. This clearly shows flaws in educational system that must be solved. This ...

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Shortage of Libraries In Quetta

Jamil Ahmed Libraries play a pivotal role in the development of a country and produce great scholars, teachers, good leaders, honest government officials and create employment opportunities.  Moreover, it reduces the crime rate in the country, for instance, if the public are busy in their studies then they will be far away from the bad practices.  Unfortunately, in the state ...

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