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NADRA: Disrupting Demographics in Balochistan by Issuing Fake ID Cards

NADRA: Disrupting Demographics in Balochistan by Issuing Fake ID Cards

Adnan Aamir National Databases and Registration Authority (NADRA) is the premier body of Pakistan for issuing nationality related credentials to citizens. Established in early 2000s, NADRA has earned praise for developing a huge database with a reasonable degree of security. Under-developed countries like Sri Lanka have also used the services of NADRA to develop their own nationality database. However, lately ...

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Problems of Balochistan: A Way Forward – Part 1

Problems of Balochistan: A Way Forward – Part 1

Ayaz Ahmed This is the first article in series of three articles on this topic. Many pro-federalists felt highly triumphed when two disgruntled Baloch leaders, namely Shikari Marri and Madina Marri of the banned United Baloch Army (UBA) and Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), respectively, unwittingly surrendered their arms along with their 47 companions on June 14, 2015. They announced at ...

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Ethnic Discrimination: Case of Pakistan and Taliban’s Afghanistan

Ethnic Discrimination: Case of Pakistan and Taliban’s Afghanistan

Haroon Shah Tribalism, provincialism, and ethnicity define the very structures of Pakistani and Afghani societies. A wide range of social, political, and religious upheavals provide vindication to this fact. The Fall of Dhaka brings into the open Pakistan Government’s condescending point of view of tribalism and provincialism; on the other hand, Taliban’s blitzkrieg against the Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazara Shias ...

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What We Need To Learn From China

What We Need To Learn From China

Adnan Aamir Pakistan is a developing country and it needs to learn from experiences of other countries. There are many countries which can be taken as case studies on how a country like Pakistan can develop and solve its basic most problems. Among these countries, none provides better learning opportunities then our time-tested friend and neighbor, China. Pakistan can learn ...

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Analyzing Baloch-Pashtun Relationship in Balochistan

Analyzing Baloch-Pashtun Relationship in Balochistan

Jeeyand Kashif Sajidi Balochistan, the largest and most restive province of Pakistan is inhabited by many ethnic groups such as Baloch, Pashtun, Hazara and Seraiki. Among these Baloch and Pashtun are two major ethnic groups. Both these nations are historic neighbors and history reveals that they have lived peacefully. History The only major conflict between the two is known as ...

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Where has Balochistan’s 6% Quota in Federal Jobs, gone?

Where has Balochistan’s 6% Quota in Federal Jobs, gone?

Adnan Aamir On the 26th of July, 45 vacancies of BPS-17 were advertised in Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO). Out of these 45, not a single vacancy was allocated for Balochistan. Electrical Engineers of Balochistan were waiting for these vacancies for over two years and they were totally disappointed. Fortunately, Civil Society of Balochistan protested against the injustice and the ...

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Balochistan: Short-Term Interests Precede Over Long-Term Development Goals

Balochistan: Short-Term Interests Precede Over Long-Term Development Goals

Safiullah Shahwani The 46 billion dollar Pakistan-China Economic Corridor promises progress in the long run that Balochistan, Pakistan’s southwestern province, has always struggled for. But for now, it is the short term needs that weigh heavy on the minds of people and politicians in the province. “Clean drinking water is not available to the people of Gwadar and their lands are ...

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Afghan Refugees: A Burden on Pakistan

Afghan Refugees: A Burden on Pakistan

Zakir Baloch The refugee crisis is as old as human civilization. Refugees have never been welcomed by their host countries. For instance, when the hapless Muslims of the subcontinent sold their valuable properties and embarked on an en mass exodus to Afghanistan, Unfortunately, they were blatantly refused refuge. The unexpected embarrassment at the hands of their Muslim brethrens and ruthless ...

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To Be a Transgender is Not a Fault

To Be a Transgender is Not a Fault

Mohammad Tayyab The societal outmoded norms and values have made the days too stern for the transgender people. Beside, having a total composition of human beings, they are being treated beyond the humanitarian values. Unfortunately, they are facing adversities just because of the “natural fault” for which they never wished. It is very shocking the doors of the same house ...

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Judicial Commission’s Verdict: PTI Should Apologize To Nation

Judicial Commission’s Verdict: PTI Should Apologize To Nation

Adnan Aamir Finally, the Judicial Commission constituted to probe rigging in 2013 elections has presented its report. The commission has concluded that the 2013 general election were “organized and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law.” The revelation by the Judicial Commission, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, is nothing short of a major political defeat and embarrassment for ...

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