Opinion

Malala’s vision and United Nation

By Baloch Khan Malala Yousafzai earned fame by her struggle to promote female education in backward area of Swat, a Talban influenced area in Pakistan. International humanitarian organizations especially United Nations encouraged her, when On Oct 9, 2012, she was shot on her head and neck by Taliban.  It is questioned; Why Malala’s issue is given unusual attention and importance ...

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Task force on missing persons

Despite the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) intervention in the missing persons’ issue, no real headway seems to have been made. A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice instructed the federal government to come up with a comprehensive and efficacious policy within 10 days on how it plans to recover the missing persons. In response, the federal government has constituted a ...

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Baloch women taking more prominent role

 Fahad Desmukh For several years, Pakistan has been facing a separatist insurgency by ethno-nationalist rebels belonging to the Baloch ethnic group. The guerrillas in the southwest province of Balochistan have become increasingly daring with their attacks. Two weeks ago, they shocked the rest of Pakistan by destroying the historic residence of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah in the town ...

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Systematic Hazara killings: 312 killed in six months

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Last year the former chief minister of Balochistan, Aslam Raisani, responded to a journalist’s question regarding the massacre of the Hazara community at Mastung: “The population of Balochistan is in millions, 40 dead in Mastung is no big deal.  I can send a truckload of tissue paper for them to wipe their tears.” Did the former chief ...

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A ‘made-in-China’ solution?

Sanaullah Baloch    Balochistan’s dormant conflict was triggered by the exploitative nature of the multi-billion mega projects introduced by Musharraf. The general signed off on the Gwadar Port project and gave away the world’s best copper-gold project, Saindak, to the Chinese without a fair and transparent bidding process. To ensure the smooth and uninterrupted expropriation of Balochistan’s natural wealth he ...

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Being a journalist in Balochistan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai Day by day, Balochistan is becoming a battleground for journalists who barely and rarely dare write and report independently. They regularly receive threats from security forces, underground organizations, sectarian organizations, political parties, student associations, etc. These warnings come as a price the journalists have to pay while endeavoring to perform their journalistic duties with honesty in ...

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The truth about Balochistan

 By Sanaullah Baloch Over the years, the ruling elite has been polluting the public mind with baseless assumptions and storylines regarding Balochistan. This leaves little room for logical debate on the province and on the appalling socio-economic and political realities that have resulted in the Baloch people’s hostility to the state system. Despite massive media outreach and the Internet revolution, ...

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Pakistan government admits secret “censorship arrangement” with Facebook

By Simon Davies   A senior Pakistan government official has told the High Court of Lahore that Facebook has entered into a covert working relationship with national authorities to censor online content. The admission was made earlier this month during a hearing of public interest claims brought by Bytes for All Pakistan (B4A) against the government’s policy of widespread online ...

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Sharifs in China

By  Lal Khan At the start of the talks during his recent visit to China, Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif told the Chinese prime minister, Li Keqiang, what has become a traditional cliché with the Pakistani diplomatic policy, “Let me tell you very candidly and very sincerely that what I am witnessing here on my visit to Beijing, it reminds me ...

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Win-Win Solution For Balochistan

By Ishrat Saleem Stephen R Covey, the author of the highly acclaimed The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, was once invited by President Bill Clinton to Camp David. President Clinton had read his book twice and wanted Covey’s counsel on how to integrate the concepts presented therein into his presidency. The Seven Habits proposes ...

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