Opinion

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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Balochistan: Bullets & Bullies

By Johar Ali Bugtti, London “If you see the sun red… any redness in flowers. These must be the blood of my people” (Ghulam Rasool Mulla (1939-)). With a rich and colourful history stretching back over some 2000 years the Baloch people have become accustomed to struggling against the overtures of outside powers and would-be rulers. Their resistance is a ...

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Paradoxical tribal system in Balochistan

By Qasim Baloch Exploitation prevailing in Balochistan has not a single factor but intermingled with many internal and external factors. It is not only the extreme centralized federation but also the bulling tribal system. The conceptual and as well the practical framework of tribal system is totally based on ascribed statuses, huge classified strata and feudalistic in nature. Obviously, tribal ...

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Pakistan’s Unfair Elections

On  May 1, 2013, a full-page ad in Pakistan’s Dawnnewspaper read: “My Dear Pakistanis, have you thought why PPP, ANP and MQM are targeted?” The ad was referring to three secular political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP.) and the Muthida Quami Movement (MQM). The three parties formed a coalition that ran the previous national government from 2008 ...

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Balochistan Under Siege

The  headline, “Election security: Balochistan braces for surgical operation” in a national daily left me amazed at the deviousness media uses in its reporting of distressing events and issues to make them look completely innocuous, or even praiseworthy. The crafty employment of words and phrases is truly beguiling and lethally effective in constructing or deconstructing opinions and views about issues. ...

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Reko-Diq And Balochistan’s Fate

The Supreme Court of  Pakistan finally turned   Reko-Diq project accord void , which was signed 20 years ago .This project  was signed between  Balochistan government  and Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) a joint  venture between Antofagasta of Chile and Canadian’s Barrick Gold corporation.. This costly project of gold and copper in twenty years could not bring and economic development in Balochistan, ...

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Earthquake devastation in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Earthquake in Balochistan has left a great suffering for the people of district Washuk in Maskel city. The recent natural calamity is going to turn in to human made disasters because of no remarkable relief activities. The government authorities have sufficed with only few activities for mitigation of the victim’s suffering. The controversial statements of government ...

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