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In Balochistan, Dying Hopes for Peace

Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Balochistan are connected to Pakistan’s failed strategy of encouraging and using Islamist militants to crush Baloch rebels and separatists. By Malik Siraj Akbar Mr. Akbar is a journalist from Balochistan. On Friday, several hundred tribesmen and students from religious seminaries gathered at a …

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‘The road to Gwadar passes through Balochistan’

Raza Wazir speaks to veteran Baloch nationalist Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur about his reservations on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Why do you oppose the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor? It’s a huge project that will certainly benefit Pakistan. What is in Pakistan’s interest is not necessarily in the interest of Balochistan. If you …

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The next American war

Munir Akram THE odds are growing that the next American war will be against Iran. Of the three countries designated by the US as the ‘axis of evil’, Iraq was invaded; North Korea has agreed to an uncertain process for ‘denuclearisation’; Iran remains regionally powerful and defiant. Former US President …

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Iran calls for EU help as shipping giant pulls out for fear of US sanctions

Reuters  AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France/LON­DON: One of the world’s biggest cargo shippers announced on Saturday it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in US sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the US measures. The announcement by France’s CMA CGM that …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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CM Balochistan and Wang Shung Visits Civil Hospital Quetta

QUETTA: The Caretaker Chief Minister Alla ud Din Marri and Chinese Counsel General have visited Civil Hospital Quetta on Wednesday. Interim Health Minister Faiza Kakar, Secretary Saleh Muhammad Nasir, DC Quetta Captain Tahir Zafar Abbasi and other officials were accompanied with Caretaker CM Balochistan. Alla ud Din Marri and Chinese Counsel …

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Tears of Sindhu: exploring Sindhi political history

By Hassan Hamdam The new book “Tears of Sindhu: Sindhi national struggle in historical context” authored by Dr Naseer Dashti is one of the most interesting books on the history of Sindh. Authors and writers belonging to powers who subjugated Sindhis for centuries had written Sindhi history in a biased …

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3 Terrorist Cells in Sistan o Balochisan were smashed: claims Iranian Commander

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said his forces have recently disbanded three terrorist cells in southeastern parts of the country. “The IRGC Ground Force has active presence in the battlefields with full power and preparedness to defend the …

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UAE freezes accounts of nine Iranian individuals and entities

Abu Dhabi placed the nine on its list of ‘terrorists’ for suspected connections with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The UAE Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered companies to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed on its …

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How Gwadar’s CPEC development might leave its people behind

Mishele Ijaz Gwadar enjoys a strategic location on the Arabian Sea in Balochistan, accessible to South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia. In 1958, it was bought by Pakistan from Oman and since 1993 has gone through various processes to extract the potential of this port. Due to inadequate funding, …

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