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Private School Comes Under Attack in Turbat

Private School Comes Under Attack in Turbat

By Shezad Baloch QUETTA: Armed men torched a private school in the Dasht area of Turbat, a western district of Balochistan, late Monday night. The men also set an estimated 150 textbooks on fire before escaping. This is the first-ever attack on a private school in Turbat. Earlier, schools had been targeted in Panjgur. A group [...]

Killing Journalists is Deplorable: Chief Minister

Killing Journalists is Deplorable: Chief Minister

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch has deeply regretted the increase in attacks against journalists in Balochistan and admitted that these deadly assaults have compelled many reporters to quit the profession because of safety issues. He was talking to journalists on Thursday while visiting a protest camp organized by the Balochistan [...]

A Deadly Assignment

A Deadly Assignment

By Shahzada Zulfiqar  The killing of Irshad Mastoi, a trade unionist and a professional journalist, along with a trainee reporter Abdur Rasool and his office accountant Mohammad Younus on August 28 has further shaken the media in Balochistan. According to eye witnesses, a person armed with 9mm pistol stormed into the office of the bureau [...]

From Pillar to Post

From Pillar to Post

By Hammal Baloch If one is to commit the blasphemy of dismissing the vacuous references to the ‘Balochistan’s peculiar traditions, every now and then flaunted by the powers that be, it is already one of the worst places on earth for women. A decade long insurgency and a growing dependency of its women on the [...]

The Mass Graves of Balochistan

The Mass Graves of Balochistan

By Malik Siraj Akbar  The state-sponsored inquiry committees formed in Pakistan in recent times to probe scandalous crimes have shockingly narrowed down their overall scope to one specific goal: Prove the government’s innocence. Marred with a chronic lack of public trust, the government and the military intelligence agencies are often blamed for atrocious crimes against [...]

Rockets Fired at Passenger Train in Jaffarabad

Rockets Fired at Passenger Train in Jaffarabad

The Baloch Hal News JAFFARABAD: A passenger train of the Pakistan Railways heading from Quetta to Karachi was attacked with rockets by unidentified attackers on Thursday, officials confirmed. The attack led to the suspension of the normal travel schedule of the passenger trains. According to the local sources, the passenger train, which was going from Quetta to [...]

Dockyard Attack: Navy Officials Arrested‏ in Quetta

Dockyard Attack: Navy Officials Arrested‏ in Quetta

From Dawn.com QUETTA: Security forces arrested three suspects involved in an attack at Karachi naval dockyard from the Lak Pass area of Quetta the other day, a security official said. A security official, who requested anonymity, told Dawn.com that acting on intelligence reports, security forces conducted raids in the outskirts of Quetta and picked up [...]

Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi, Reporter Shot Dead

Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi, Reporter Shot Dead

From Express Tribune  Senior journalist and Secretary General of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) Irshad Mastoi, trainee reporter Abdul Rasul and an accountant of a news agency were gunned down in Quetta’s Kabir Building on Thursday. According to SHO Bijli Road police station, two armed men barged into the office of the news distribution agency [...]

Islamabad is Playing With Fire in Balochistan

Islamabad is Playing With Fire in Balochistan

The Baloch Hal Interview The Balochistan Government is increasingly coming under criticism from the Baloch nationalists, including from the Balochistan National Party, for failing to improve the political and security situation in the province. The Baloch Hal spoke to the U.S. president of the B.N.P., Dr. Tara Chand Baloch, about the government’s policies. Dr. Baloch [...]

BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

By Malik Siraj Akbar The American government and the public had very limited understanding of Islamist extremist groups and their global jihadist ambitions before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Afterwards, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama strictly limited the war on terror to extremist groups like al-Qaeda that had openly waged a [...]

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