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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 [...]

Rifts in Balochistan Government

Rifts in Balochistan Government

In less than one year since its formation, Balochistan’s coalition government is confronted with the worst infighting ever known to the media and the masses. The coalition comprises of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (P.M.L.-N), the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (Pk. M.A.P.), the National Party of Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch and, [...]

The Return of Journalist Killers in Balochistan

The Return of Journalist Killers in Balochistan

Within a week after the election of a new president for the Balochistan Union of Journalists (B.U.J.), the largest representative organization of journalists in the province, a journalist and his driver were shot dead in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad District. Mohammad Afzal Khawaja, a reporter for Daily Balochistan Times (English) and its sister publication in Urdu, Zamana, was [...]

America and Balochistan

America and Balochistan

Rep. Louie Gohmert made a passionate speech in the U.S. House of Representatives about the recently found mass graves in Balochistan. While reading from an article published in the Toronto Sun, Mr. Gohmert criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for welcoming a high-level delegation of Pakistani officials in Washington D.C. days after the discovery of [...]

Sharif’s Ambiguous Peace Plans For Balochistan

Sharif’s Ambiguous Peace Plans For Balochistan

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently constituted a four-member committee to facilitate negotiations between the government and the Taliban. During his visit to Quetta two days ago with the newly appointed army chief, General Raheel Sharif, the prime minister hinted at constituting a similar committee to talk to Baloch nationalists who are currently engaged in an [...]

Balochistan Mass Graves: An International Inquiry Needed

Balochistan Mass Graves: An International Inquiry Needed

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not spoken about the mass graves found in Balochistan. Chief Minister Dr. Malik Baloch has not uttered a word either.  The mainstream national media has systematically snubbed the story. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have not issued statements.  Nevertheless, that does not help in keeping the world ignorant about [...]

The God Who Failed

The God Who Failed

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court,Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, considered himself as a god and acted as a judicial dictator. His eventful stint has finally come to an end. There are as many views about his legacy as there are cases (read fights) he picked up during his term as the country’s top judge. Some [...]

Iran’s Border Violations in Balochistan

Iran’s Border Violations in Balochistan

Tensions are brewing on Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan. To explicitly explain the situation, on needs to borrow a term or two from the contemporary Pakistani political lexicon. The Iranians are violating our “sovereignty”. The Pakistanis routinely use the term “sovereignty” only to refer to the drone strikes launched by the United States. But there are [...]

The Mama Qadeer Factor

The Mama Qadeer Factor

Mama Qadeer Baloch, the leader of the recent 750-kilometer long march from Quetta to Karachi, is not a prominent politician or a leading cleric. He still managed to draw an impressive crowed in a seminar held at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, December 10, which was the International Human Rights Day. Mama Qadeer is the [...]

Bizenjo’s Ultimatum

Bizenjo’s Ultimatum

Veteran Baloch nationalist leader Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo, whose party’s president Dr. Malik Baloch was appointed as Balochistan’s first non-tribal chief minister earlier this year, has conceded that his party has only been granted access to power but no actual political authority to make decisions. His statement was sort of an admission of the current [...]

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