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Remembering Mir Gul Khan Naseer

Dr Naseer Dashti Early decades of the 20th century was the period when the Baloch horizons were engulfed in the dark shadows of despair, frustration and a growing sense of total defeat and helplessness. It was the period when the Baloch resistance against the British and its ally the Persians, had …

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Subversive Statecraft

The Changing Face of Great-Power Conflict By Melissa M. Lee The U.S. security and intelligence communities are buzzing with talk of the return of great-power competition. Beijing and Moscow increasingly vie for influence on the global stage. China is remaking the map of Southeast Asia, rolling out infrastructure projects across the …

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Of students’ rights

THE nationwide students’ solidarity march of Nov 29, a most impressive expression of Pakistani students’ aspirations and concerns, has received diverse responses and all of them can be dispassionately discussed. First, the prime minister’s willingness to allow student unions can only be welcomed. His view can be justified as acceptance of the right of …

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Western Balochistan under the Iranian Repression

By: Dr. Mohammad Hassan Hosseinbor, LL.B., MA, LL.M., Ph.D. Iran is a heterogeneous state comprised of six distinct nationalities including Arabs, Baluch, Kurds, Persians, Turks, and Turkmens. Although there are no accurate data as to the population of Iran’s various national groups, the recent scholarly literature tends to agree that non-Persians …

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Fuel hike protests in Iran and the Kurds

The Kurds in Iran face intersectional oppression in that they are systematically disadvantaged and targeted by the Islamic regime’s security apparatus. In light of the US ending sanctions waivers and the growing anti-Iran resentment from protesters in Iraq and Lebanon, Iran’s Supreme Council of Economic Coordination announced a hike in …

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If student unions are bad for education, why are our controlled campuses ranked among the worst in the world?

The unconstitutional wrong of not restoring student unions must now be corrected once and for all.  Ammar Rashid This Friday on November 29, students from across the country will march to demand the restoration of student unions in Pakistan. The Students Solidarity March is also raising multiple other student concerns, …

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ISIS schemes with jihadist groups in Pakistan

Post-Baghdadi Islamic State finds new territories in Balochistan and tribal areas for its operations By KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID Following the killing of its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria last month, the Islamic State (ISIS), also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, is eying Pakistan’s tribal areas and the province …

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پنجابی سول اور ملٹری اسٹیبلشمنٹ کے پیچیدہ تعلقات اور پاکستان

قمبر مالک بلوچ گزشتہ چند برسوں سے پاکستانی دارلحکومت اسلام آباد کسی “ٹریجی کامیڈی” تھیٹر کے سٹیج کا منظر پیش کرتی رہی ہے جہاں آئے روز جلسوں اور دھرنوں کی شکل میں ملک کی سول اور ملٹری اسٹیبلشمنٹ اپنے مابین جاری تناؤ اور بگڑتے ہوئے تعلقات کا اظہار کرتے نظر …

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سی پیک کے نام پر بلوچستان کے ساتھ دھوکہ

طارق بلوچ نیشنل پارٹی کے اُس وقت کے وزیراعلی بلوچستان ڈاکٹر عبدالمالک بلوچ اور مسلم لیگ کے وزیراعلی نواب ثناء اللہ زہری کے دور حکومت میں مسلم لیگی حکومت نے جس طرح بلند وبانگ دعوے کیے، وہ آج بھی بلوچستان کے عوام کے دلوں پر نقش ہیں۔ ان کے ہی …

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Campus surveillance

AS students mobilise for the Student Solidarity March, discontents on campuses across Pakistan are searing to the surface. Years of depoliticisation since the 1984 ban on student unions, unaffordable hostel spaces and restrictions on academic freedom have emerged as core concerns of the students’ movement. Encouragingly, the leadership of this …

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