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Thousands vanish without a trace in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan

Shah Meer Baloch Hours after Changaiz Baloch organised a protest last week against two of the most recent enforced disappearances in Balochistan, the student activist joined a list of more than 6,000 people who have gone missing in the restive Pakistani province since 2001. “The missing persons are not criminals. …

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Why no Tears for Balochistan?

Niloofar Qureshi As the world prepares to observe International Human Rights Day, thousands of families in Balochistan silently mourn their near and dear ones. These unfortunates were ‘picked-up’ for ‘routine questioning’ by soldiers of Pakistan army, Frontier Corps (FC) or proxies of the military and its intelligence agencies, but never …

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Pakistan’s collapsing economy and its impact on Baloch and Sindhi national struggles

Qambar Malik Baloch The collapsing Pakistani economy is not only worrying for its patrons and lenders but the national minorities like the Baloch and Sindhis are increasingly expressing their concerns about its political and social implications on these two nations. Pakistan: the changing allies?  As a client state, historically, since …

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قوموں کی بقا اور ان کی ترقی میں زبان اور ادب کی اہمیت

ہیبتان عمر قوموں کی بقا اور ان کی ترقی میں زبان اور ادب کی اہمیت سے کوئی زی شعور انسان انکار نہیں کرسکتا. بلوچ قوم بلا شک و شبہ اس وقت کسمپرسی اور زوال کا شکار ہے اسی طرح بلوچ قوم کا زبان بھی دنیا کی ان زبانوں میں شامل …

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Forts of Oman: Ancient citadels that remind of the country’s magnificent history

By Aftab Husain Kola Every country has its historic and tourist landmarks. For Oman, it is the forts. The Sultanate of Oman is blessed with about 1,000 forts including watchtowers scattered along the length and breadth of the picturesque Arab country. According to Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information …

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Iran: National Pressure for Regime Change Has Important Participation of the Country’s Minorities

As international pressure for regime change in Iran grows, minority groups such as the Baluch, Ahwazi Arabs and Kurds play an important role in the national political context. Supported by the Iranian Resistance, the main opposition to the current regime that seeks to establish a free and democratic regime in …

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Money, honour, hope – Why Donald Trump’s US & Imran Khan’s Pakistan are having an open spat

HUSAIN HAQQANI New Twitter spat between Donald Trump and Imran Khan is actually an old argument. The exchange of tough messages over the last few days on Twitter between American president Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan created news but was nothing new. Trump accused Pakistan of not …

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Escalating fear and loathing in Iran

As well as internal pressures, Iran’s leaders have faced significant anti-government activity from ethnic minority groups, but have failed to engage, writes Brenda Shaffer. Just before imposing new sanctions on Iran, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the country’s “cabinet is in disarray, and the Iranian people are raising …

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Chabahar: Why US shielded India’s interests

SANJAY KAPOOR It perfectly suits the US that India rather than China is developing the Iranian port. Hence, the sanctions waiver for Chabahar Two days before the crucial talks took place in Moscow to find ways to end the unending civil war in Afghanistan, the US government announced a waiver …

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Why Did China Refuse To Bail Out Pakistan?

By Adnan Aamir Pakistan faces a financial crisis. Its foreign currency reserves have plummeted over the course of last year due to the negative balance of trade and debt repayments, leaving two options for a bailout: ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or ask friendly countries. Pakistan opted for the …

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