Opinion

Nawab Bugti: No Surrender

By Johar Ali Bugtti, London Nawab was the first Baloch tribal chief to be appointed as the State Interior Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Sir Feroz Khan Noon on 20th of September 1958. When President Iskander Mirza imposed martial law he then resigned on 7th of October 1958. Furthermore, as a protest against the declaration of martial law, he ...

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Bugti the Martyr

  By Sanaullah Baloch The world watched incredulously as as Pervez Musharraf declared war on Balochistan, and particularly against Nawab Akbar Bugti. prior to fabricated rocket” attack” on Musharraf in December 2005, thanks rolled into Dera Bugti and  other parts of Balochistanin January 2005, when Baloch nationalists were in talks with a parliamentary committee. In March 2005, the armed forces ...

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Bugti is a Part of Our History

  By Malik Siraj Akbar Mark Twain once said “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Pakistan’s former high commissioner to United Kingdom and the current Ibn Khaldun Chair at the Washington DC-based American University, Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, truly fits in the category of people who believe in seeing and experiencing things to challenge the prejudices of the ...

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Balochistan After Bugti

  By Sanaullah Baloch  Balochistan plunged into a frightening crisis after the cold-blooded murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. On August 26, 2006, the Pakistani flag was raised at the Bugti fort with the proclamation of a new dawn for Balochistan. Nonetheless, in 2012, six years later, Balochistan is deeply engulfed in dusk and darkness. Let’s look at the situation ...

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Nawab Akbar Shahbaz Khan Bugti II (1927-2006)

By Zulfiqar Halepoto “It’s better to die with your spurs on, Instead of a slow death in bed, I’d rather death come to me while I’m fighting for a purpose.” (Akbar Bugti in his last English print media interview to TIME Magazine) During his last days in the mountains of Barkhan (whom the great Balouchi national poet Mir Gul Nasir ...

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Baloch and Hazara: Under the weight of a sad time.

 By Niaz Betab   If the air is filled with cries; the wind with the smell of blood loaded; tears the field of graveyards water; mountains wear a sad look, then you should know  that  you are  nowhere but in Balochistan: the land of cries, Balochistan, where Baloch nation and Hazaras are systematically being prosecuted.   There is great injustice ...

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The Unseen Enemy

 By Safiullah Shahwani During his recent visit to the provincial capital following a deadly attack on the Balochistan Police, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali referred to some Unseen Enemy infesting the beleaguered province and engulfing mass lives. It was notwithstanding the claim of the responsibility of attack by a very seen and known, to put it in minister’s words, ‘enemy’. ...

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Pakistan’s Balochistan Problem: An Insurgency’s Rebirth

Aurangzaib Alamgir Early in 2012, a small group of US congressmen looking for alternatives to the Obama administration’s AfPak policy made recommendations for two changes in the region. The first, that instead of fantasizing about incorporating the Taliban into the Afghan political system the United States ought to rearm the Northern Alliance, had been discussed previously. The second recommendation was ...

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Death of Innocence in Lyari

  By Shezad Baloch On Wednesday night Lyari witnessed the worst terrorist attack in its history. “Tonight there’s going to be a huge crowd,” 17-year old Abdul Basit told his family. “I’ll need to get there early if I’m going to grab the perfect spot to enjoy the final.” With those parting words he headed out to Mir Ghus Baksh ...

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Task Force and the fate of Baloch missing persons

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch The illegal detention of people in Pakistan, allegedly by secret agencies collaborating with the security forces, has become an extremely unsettling matter. Due to lack of political will of the establishment, human rights organisations, the judiciary and media have failed to change the mindset of the responsible authorities for the recovery of missing persons. Regardless of ...

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