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Military Operations: New Year Presents For Balochistan

Military Operations: New Year Presents For Balochistan

There is deep public outrage in Balochistan against an operation conducted by the Frontier Corps (FC) on January 2 in Mashky area that killed a mother and four of her sons. Similar operations have increased in the district of Khuzdar. The FC and the Home and Tribal Affairs Department have confirmed that these operations were actually conducted. [...]

Worsening Conditions for Women in Balochistan

Worsening Conditions for Women in Balochistan

The mere fact that we do not get to read about the women of Balochistan does not mean that they do not exist. There are only two occasions in a year when the media reports about the women of Balochistan. One, every year on March 8th when the world celebrates the International Women’s Day. The government [...]

Person of the Year: Mama Qadeer

Person of the Year: Mama Qadeer

2014 was a blend of hope and hopelessness for Balochistan. Those who had hoped that thousands of missing Baloch persons would return home saw their hopes crushed because of inaction of the government. Those who believed it was better to stay home and blame their fate for the misfortunate things happening to their families found renewed hope [...]

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the prominent Baloch nationalist leader finally passed away without brokering a deal with any of the Pakistani governments to end the  ongoing conflict in Balochistan. The veteran Baloch leader, who passed away on Tuesday, remained firm on his demand for a free Baloch country. His commitment to his principles has transformed [...]

How We Should Protect Girls’ Schools in Balochistan

How We Should Protect Girls’ Schools in Balochistan

A couple of recent attacks on private schools and a widely circulated threatening letter from a covert religious extremist group has triggered restlessness among school administrators, female student and their parents in Panjgur district. A relatively unknown religious extremist group has asked all private schools to stop educating girls. The reason provided by the armed [...]

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 [...]

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