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Exploring Dreams: From Balochistan to America

Exploring Dreams: From Balochistan to America

By Mahnoor Barkat It had been always my dream to study abroad, but I never knew that my dream would materialize so soon.  At the age of only 14, I appeared for YES [Youth Exchange and Study] that conducts tests in Pakistan. It was raining heavily outside that day when my dad gave me the [...]

An Icon of Free Media

An Icon of Free Media

By Adnan Aamir  On 19th April, renowned journalist Hamid Mir was attacked with the intent of murder in Karachi. One can disagree with the point of view of Hamid Mir but no one can disagree that he is a brave Pakistani journalist. He is an icon of the free media in Pakistan and requires our [...]

Book Review: The Blood Telegram

Book Review: The Blood Telegram

By Ibrahim Gichki  A moving title, The Blood Telegram does much to inform the novice and those already knowledgeable regarding South Asia and the tragedy which occurred in Bangladesh. The book does a marvelous job of not only explaining the birth, however violent, of Bangladesh, but also the Indian friendship with the USSR and the subsequent [...]

Communication & Diaspora

Communication & Diaspora

By Morgan Ridenour The wide availability of long distance communication mediums has placed a strain on diaspora communities worldwide. Establishing contact with someone who is an ocean away is not the delayed and unreliable task it once was. The Internet and mobile telephones have greatly reduced the difficulty of establishing contact with someone. Having a [...]

I Wish to See a Secular Balochistan

I Wish to See a Secular Balochistan

Interviewed by Roshan Ghimire Fate may have moved Malik Siraj Akbar from the bucolic terrain of Balochistan to the beltways of Washington D.C, but Akbar’s fight for Balochistan continues even though he is far from home. Akbar is a well- known journalist and a blogger from Balochistan, the largest province of the Pakistan. He was granted political asylum [...]

US Baloch to Register Protest Against Rights Violations in Balochistan

US Baloch to Register Protest Against Rights Violations in Balochistan

The Baloch Hal News SEATTLE: Members of the Baloch community in the Pacific Northwest region of North America are holding a rally in Seattle this Sunday to protest human rights abuses in Balochistan. Baloch Dorazahi, one of the organizers of the event, said members of the Baloch community from Vancouver city in neighboring Canada will also join [...]

Government’s Anti-Balochistan Policies

Government’s Anti-Balochistan Policies

By Adnan Aamir The Dr. Malik-led coalition government comprising of the National Party (NP), PashtunKhwaMAP (PKMAP) and Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) has failed miserably. They have even crossed the limits of failure of Nawab Raisani government in terms of governance. Now, people of the restive province have lost hope in the government. It will [...]

How Does Rain Sound?

How Does Rain Sound?

By Bakhtiar Ismail To ponder over rain and the fascination of music that it creates is a beautiful part of me. Today it has been raining since morning. I have spent hours in lips-reading but merely what mind has been accepting. For I have been engrossed in listening the music that has been playing by the [...]

A Rebuttal to Hassan Nisar’s Piece About Balochistan

A Rebuttal to Hassan Nisar’s Piece About Balochistan

By Adnan Aamir In Pakistan, history is often distorted in textbooks and many intellectuals do the same to prove their arguments. Hassan Nisar is no exception. In Pakistani media, he is the most vocal person who laments this practice and often gives lengthy lectures on talk shows that there is no such thing as Muslim Ummah [...]

R.I.P. Balochistan’s Rupert Murdoch

R.I.P. Balochistan’s Rupert Murdoch

Obituaries should always have space for one joke. Here is ours about Senator (R) Syed Fasieh Iqbal, the founder of the Balochistan Times and daily Zamana: He held numerous positions and served on so many welfare organizations’ boards that his business card would, they say, literally read “P.T.O.” [Please Turn Over] as all the positions he held (and wanted [...]

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