Opinion

Marches to Justice‏

By Niaz Betab  The oppressive systems always forced the oppressed to walk long and long distances either mentally or physically to get justice. For instance, the Salt Satyagrah, the March on Washington, the Long March and the recent Long March by the Voice for  Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP). Gandhi with his Satyagrahis walked 390-km before he picked up a lump of salt to ...

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Pakistan Long March Ignored by Media

By Kiran Nazish About twenty families in Balochistan province of Pakistan are on a journey of protest from one city to another, calling on the government of Pakistan, the UN and the international community to address the issue of Baloch missing persons. But who is listening? Says one of the female marchers, whose husband was abducted in 2010, “The media has ...

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Awaran residents flee fearing army plans to turn the town into cantonment

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur I am convinced that if promises were bombs there wouldn’t be a soul left alive here. Promises come cheap and are the handiest tool to bamboozle people into believing fantasies they would otherwise reject as garbage. Here even the solemn but empty promises of courts recovering Baloch missing persons, of trying Musharraf for treason, of running ...

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A long march to mark injustice

Yousaf Ajab Baloch The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organization comprised of family members of abducted Balochs, is holding yet another march to highlight the issue of missing persons. Seven hundred and thirty kilometers long, from Quetta to Karachi on foot, this march was launched on October 27th. Mainly women and young Baloch as well as VBMP members are marching to raise awareness about ...

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The Balochistan ferment

The News Editorial  Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch is trying to be an honest broker at a time when everyone else is moving to the margins of extremism. The nationalist fervour in the province has increasingly curdled into separatism while the military and centre continue to be blind to the problems there. At a press conference in Karachi, ...

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Why no international aid to Awaran?

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Apart from man-made disasters, Balochistan is again confronting deadly natural catastrophes. The September 24 earthquake once again shocked Balochistan, as a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit one of its most backward districts, Awaran. Thousands of houses collapsed, and countless were partially damaged, affecting more than 300,000 people. Due to the collapse of mud-houses, more than 1,000 people are ...

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Eid Sorrows for Missing Baloch Families

By: Kiyya Baloch Every auspicious moment like Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) adds to the misery of missing family members in Balochistan. Family members of several of the missing from Balochistan said that they had nothing to rejoice on this occasion of Eid as their miseries were far from over. “Every auspicious moment like Eid further aggravates our pain when ...

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Loving the dream

  By Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur The Baloch struggle is the most misunderstood of the struggles and it is not because of any fault of Baloch but because of the religion-dominated state narrative of Pakistani establishment. This has inculcated unreserved love for any name or ethnicity even remotely close to Muslim; the Pakistanis support Palestine, Kashmir, Rohingya and anyone else ...

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A corridor for Balochistan

By Sanaullah Baloch   The ongoing conflict, repeated floods, and recent earthquake in Balochistan have created the most pressing humanitarian crisis in the province – and in Pakistan. An estimated five million people in Balochistan – almost 63 percent of the population – live below the poverty line and the decade-long conflict has further affected the fragile socio-economic structure. As ...

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HRCP report on Balochistan

 Daily Times Editorial Balochistan, that ill-fated province, is the epicentre of attention nowadays, and as usual for all the wrong reasons. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released a fact-finding report assessing the situation in Balochistan. It says violence is continuing unabated. The report addresses terror attacks on minorities and the Ziarat Residency in particular. One of the ...

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