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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 [...]

Thirteen Bodies Recovered From Khuzdar Mass-Graves: Minister

Thirteen Bodies Recovered From Khuzdar Mass-Graves: Minister

From Dawn QUETTA: As many as eleven bodies have been recovered from two separate graves found in Khuzdar district of Balochistan, provincial minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said on Monday. Bugti said the eleven bodies have raised to thirteen the number of bodies from the two graves in the Tutak area of Khuzdar. “Investigation into 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 [...]

‘Pakistani Army Involved in Baloch Kidnappings’

‘Pakistani Army Involved in Baloch Kidnappings’

Interview by Shamil Shams   Malik Siraj Akbar is a political expert and the editor-in-chief of Balochistan’s first online English language newspaper, The Baloch Hal. He is the author of The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement, a former Hubert Humphrey Fellow (2010-11) at Arizona State University, and a former Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the [...]

Balochistan After Justice Chaudhary

Balochistan After Justice Chaudhary

An ongoing hearing at the Supreme Court of Pakistan about the law and order situation in Balochistan indicates that the judiciary and the executive branches of the government are not on the same page. The Attorney General Munir A. Malik told the Chief Justice, Ifthakar Mohammad Chaudhary, the other day that some of the missing persons [...]

Editorial: Musharraf’s Trial

Editorial: Musharraf’s Trial

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement in the parliament on Monday to put former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf on trial for violating the country’s constitution during the 2007 Emergency has immediately been welcomed in Balochistan. Chief Minister Dr. Malik Baloch, while talking to the media in Quetta, lauded the federal government’s decision to initiate a [...]

Mastung Sisters Seek Chief Justice’s Attention For Their Killed, Injured and Missing Brothers

Mastung Sisters Seek Chief Justice’s Attention For Their Killed, Injured and Missing Brothers

The Baloch Hal News MASTUNG: The sisters of three men, one killed, one whisked away by the security forces and the third badly injured in an operation in Mastung area on January 18, 2013, have appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to conduct an independent inquiry about what they called as the extrajudicial killing, [...]

A Ray of Hope?

A Ray of Hope?

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s unexpected capitulation and appearance before the Supreme Court (SC) has pleased a few but angered a majority of the Baloch. He has climbed down from his position of demanding an independent Balochistan. In the Daily Times of May 8, 2009, its then Quetta correspondent Malik Siraj Akbar reported [...]

Editorial: Judicial Breakthrough

Editorial: Judicial Breakthrough

The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Ifthakar Mohammad Chaudhry, and two other judges are dealing with a monumental challenge of recovering the missing persons in Balochistan. A Supreme Court bench working in Quetta to achieve tangible success is confronted with four major challenges. Firstly, to make sure that no more missing persons are killed [...]

Two More Disappeared Baloch Men Safely Return Home

Two More Disappeared Baloch Men Safely Return Home

The Baloch Hal News  QUETTA: Two more missing persons, who were allegedly picked up by security forces from Marwar area, some 60 kilometers east of Quetta, have reached home on Tuesday. Nasurllah Baloch, chairman Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a local organization struggling for safe recovery of missing persons and force disappearances,  confirmed that two missing persons Sanaullah and Shah [...]

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