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Gwadar Port: Tale of neglect

By Urooj Raza Pakistan’s Port of Gwadar, 267 Miles West of Karachi and 43.5 Miles East of Pakistan-Iran border, bears a great strategic value vis-à-vis the Straits of Hormuz, the life line of energy to the outside world. On average, around 36000 ships transit through Pakistan’s area of sea interest annually. The average trade of the country hovers around 38 ...

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Another fallacy of B.N.P-Mengal

By Qasim Baloch  Balochistan National Party’s subsequent decisions to determine its future political pattern halted with the final decision that they would be part of parliament and would carry on politics to defend the rights of Balochistan. BNP’s dual political attitude has always been criticized and reviled. It has never been obvious regarding the mode of politics. Sometimes it considers ...

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Sorrows of Balochistan

By Ghazi Salahuddin We were in Quetta when gunmen killed 10 foreign trekkers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat. But we had little time to watch the details unfold on news channels. Our minds were set on other acts of terror and there was some work to do to try to understand their meaning and implications. However, the news of ...

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A Word of Solace

By Sehrish Naudhani I have been watching and hearing the news of bomb blasts, riots and violation on the face of earth on television and newspaper. But on June 15th, 2013, I heard a disastrous sound with a blow of air. It was approximately 2:25 p.m. I ran outside to see what had happened. Someone told me that it was ...

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Universal Media Ethics and Modern Media

By Baloch Khan, SME University, Karachi There is no legal sanction behind ethics except morality. Only a man morally responsible is ethicized. Ethics are related with duties to ourselves or duty to others. The coast of ethics sets certain duties and responsibility toward organizations oblige for operating the writing and broadcasting machinery. These ethical rules have check over the journalist, ...

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(Mis)Understanding Balochistan

By Mahvish Ahmad When the Pakistan state looks at Balochistan–from Islamabad, or Raiwind, or Lahore, or from the commercial capital, Karachi–it assumes it has the right to decide how events in the country’s largest province ought to be interpreted. Certainly, it has had the power to silence the Baloch in the mainstream national conversation. Sometimes, the muffling of Baloch voices is ...

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The ‘burnt Malalas’ of Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch June 16, 2013 was a day of severe suffering for the parents in Balochistan when they received the burnt dead bodies of their daughters, whilst the rest of the world was gifting flowers to their fathers on Fathers’ Day. In Balochistan. fathers, with immeasurable pain, were trying to identify their daughters’ dead bodies that had been ...

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The new government in Balochistan

By Qasim Baloch Nomination of Dr. Abdul Malik as the new chief minister of Balochistan has created sensational fanfares among the masses. Some encourage it as political maturity by the federation and some consider it as a landmark due to its non tribal characteristic. Comparatively, sequestration of new government by Dr. Abdul Malik and his team will be a great ...

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‘Abduct, kill and dump’ in Balochistan

Yousaf Ajab Baloch Though there are multiple layers of violence and tension in Balochistan, ‘kill and dump’ of the Baloch ‘missing’ persons is one of the most vexing issues of the time. Recovery of bullet-riddled dead bodies with ruthless torture signs is an everyday occurrence. The judiciary, media, human rights organisations and Baloch nationalist parties have failed to persuade the ...

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Sore grapes or a fait accompli..!!!

By  Hasrat Iqbal As expected, Balochistan National Party bites the dust and is worried on the results of general elections. Sometimes they put the burden of their defeat on establishment while sometimes they declare the security agencies and state death squads the responsible for their failure in elections.  BNP also thinks that they are no more the favorites for establishment ...

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