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Violent Extremist or Political Candidate? In Pakistan Election, You Can Be Both

By Maria Abi-Habib, Shah Meer Baloch and Zia ur-Rehman KARACHI, Pakistan — Aurangzeb Farooqi is a leader of a political party that is banned in Pakistan for espousing sectarian violence. He faces charges of spreading religious hatred that was linked to the murders of several Shiite activists. He is also …

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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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What is behind the crackdown on freedom of speech in Pakistan?

The security establishment is trying to push a certain narrative on the Pakistani public ahead of the July 25 elections. by Gul Bukhari 16 Jul 2018 Last week, a journalist was suspended after he asked Pakistan’s military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, an uncomfortable question. “Now that Nawaz Sharif has …

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Shadow of ‘engineering’ hangs over Pakistan election

Political leaders in Balochistan province claim they are being threatened to switch parties, alleging army involvement. Asad Hashim Mastung, Pakistan – Surrounded by the arid mountains of the Chiltan range, Aslam Raisani’s voice rises in anger as he speaks of the political forces aligned against him. Pakistan’s general election is less …

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Four ‘militants’ killed in Awaran operation

QUETTA: Four suspected terrorists were killed in a gun battle with security forces during an operation in the Nallah Ziarat area of Awaran district. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the security forces launched the operation on information about the presence of militants in the area. When the security …

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Bilawal concerned over allowing banned parties to contest polls

QUETTA: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday expressed concern over allowing candidates of banned organisations to contest the coming elections and said certain forces were again trying to form an Islami Jamhoori Ittehad-like alliance in the country. He was addressing a press conference at a hotel after …

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HRCP pessimistic about free, fair election

ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has predicted that the coming general elections will be the dirtiest, most micromanaged and most intensively participated polls in the country’s history. Speaking at a news conference held a few hours after his meeting with the chief election commissioner (CEC) on Monday, …

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