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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 [...]

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 [...]

Sardar Khair Bakhsh Marri

Sardar Khair Bakhsh Marri

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi Khair Bakhsh Marri is no more. He was my brother-in-law. I did not always share his political views. But I always admired his personal and political character. If the Pakhtun had Bacha Khan, the Muslim Bengalis had Suharwardy and the Sindhis had G M Syed, then the Baloch had Khair Baksh [...]

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

By Malik Siraj Akbar  A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to schoolin Pakistan’s Balochistan province left a bizarre warning on Tuesday outside a private school: “This is your last chance,” read a hand-written threatening letter that had been affixed outside the main entrance of the best known local school, the [...]

Abduction of Activist Zahid Baloch Highlights Balochistan Plight

Abduction of Activist Zahid Baloch Highlights Balochistan Plight

Pakistani activist and Baloch nationalist Zahid Baloch was abducted earlier this year and his whereabouts remain unknown. The BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani, who interviewed him six months before his abduction, reports on the case. In Karachi’s sweltering summer heat, at a protest camp outside the city’s main press club, Lateef Gohar, a young man in his [...]

Boko Haram in Balochistan

Boko Haram in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch Everyone knows about Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram who kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok last month. Known for its offensive acts against girls education, Boko Haram is also notorious for targeting education institutions, churches, mosques, and police stations. However, few pundits and analysts have noticed another Islamic extremist [...]

Our Hunted Students

Our Hunted Students

By Mahvish Ahmad Twenty-four year old Latif Johar is wasting away outside the Karachi Press Club. Three weeks ago, he declared a hunger strike unto death, in protest against the disappearance of Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azaad, or BSO-Azaad.   Banuk Kareema Baloch, BSO-Azaad’s vice chairman, witnessed the gunpoint abduction of Zahid, [...]

Silencing the Baloch Malalas

Silencing the Baloch Malalas

By Mariyam Suleman Baloch  A 16-year old girl standing in the United Nations’ headquarter, addressing hundreds of well known officials form around the world, having pledge in her voice and rationality in her words who was gunshot for only a desire which in fact is one of her fundamental rights. Today in this 21st century, every [...]

Playing a Dangerous Game in Kech

Playing a Dangerous Game in Kech

By Naziha Syed Ali TURBAT: Five women, all clad in mourning black, are seated on the floor of a two-room mud brick home in a hardscrabble part of town. They have come to condole with Mah Khatoon, the widowed mother of a militant who was killed in an encounter recently. Her only surviving son lounges [...]

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