Opinion

Good news, bad news

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur Passengers are relaxed in a cruising airliner all dreaming of their cherished destination and the pleasurable environment they would be in when suddenly the captain’s anxious voice breaks the calm. He says, “Ladies and gentlemen due to unavoidable circumstances a change of plans has been necessitated and we have been diverted to an uninhabited island. However, ...

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Mandela; Godfather Of Neo-Apartheid South Africa

By Thomas C. Mountain As Nelson Mandela lays on his death bed his legacy as the godfather of neo-Apartheid South Africa has been firmly established. Today in South Africa life for many if not most is nearly as precarious and undignified as when Mandela was first inaugurated as President some 20 years ago. So the best way to describe “modern” ...

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The barbarity of perpetrators’ justice

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur It was a cool night of November 7, 2010. Faiz Mohammad Mazarani Marri’s torture-inflicted wounds were being nursed at his house in Metroville, Karachi (Gulshan) by his old parents. He had returned home three weeks earlier after having been in the custody of the intelligence agencies. That night a posse of Sindh Rangers, police and ...

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“The innocent victims of Lyari”

By Shezad Baloch Armed with automatic weapons, rocket launchers and hand grenades, criminals patrol the streets in plain view, using their weapons with complete impunity.  On Friday night alone there were at least 18 explosions, which I heard. Armed men took positions on rooftops and street corners. This is not Syria or the Gaza Strip.  This is Lyari, one of ...

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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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