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US-Iran conflict: the Baloch dilemma

By: Qambar Malik Baloch Historically fraught US-Iran relations are again in the limelight following a US airstrike in Iraq that killed Qasem Soleimani, the notorious commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force. The airstrike came days after the US embassy in Baghdad was attacked by Iran backed militia. The US called …

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US restricts its support for Regime change in Iran: What happened?

Mike Pompeo, a man who played an important role in General Soleimani’s assassination directed his diplomats to restrict their connections with forces that support a regime change in Iran. What changed in US policy towards Iran? What deal broke out between two arch-rivals?  Dr. James Dorsey An Iran hawk who …

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Why books on Balochistan are banned in Pakistan?

By: Abid Mir Translated by Almaas Baloch Some ten years ago, there was a newspaper in Balochistan, the daily “Asap”. After the Pakistan government’s intervention, its publication stopped in 2000. However, the newspaper decided that a selection of articles and opinions once published in its editorial pages on the issues …

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In Pakistan, the Army Chief Got an Extension, but the Game Is Still on

The impending extension for General Bajwa has started a new round of political games instead of ending them. Mohammad Taqi This past week, the upper and lower houses of Pakistan’s parliament approved three separate bills regarding the appointment, reappointment, extension, tenure and superannuation age of chiefs of the three armed forces. The unholy haste …

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How blackmail, harassment forced Pakistani women from university

Many parents pull out their daughters from Balochistan University after CCTV footage was used to blackmail students. By Imran Sultan Balochistan, Pakistan – Rahila* had missed the deadline to submit her application for admission to the University of Balochistan, and feared she would now have to wait for months before being able …

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مشرق وسطٰی کشیدگی:کیا پاکستان غیر جانبداری بر قرار رکھ سکے گا؟

عبدالستار اسلام آباد مشرق وسطٰی میں بڑھتی ہوئی کشیدگی کے پیش نظر پاکستان کی فوج نے اس بات کا اشارہ دیا ہے کہ اس کا ملک نہ ہی کسی تنازعے کا حصہ بنے گا اور نہ ہی اپنی زمین کسی کے بھی خلاف استعمال ہونے دے گا اور امن کی …

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Taliban Meetings in Quetta: what implications for the Baloch?

Qambar Malik Baloch The recent Taliban visits and meetings in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, signify the progress of what the involved parties call, attempts for a reduction in violence and to reach a peace deal in Afghanistan, however, regional groups like Baloch who are excluded from this process, …

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امریکہ ءُایران ءِ جنجال ءُ مئے دمگ۔

شے بیبگر مراد ٩٠ ءِ دھک ءِ سویت یونین کہ پُرشیت روس ہمے حد ءَ مالی حوالہ ءَ وار ءُ نزور بیت کہ لینن ءِ مجسمہ ءَ بہا کنگا سر گیپت ۔ یعنی روس تیوگءَ زوال ءِ شکار بیت ،امریکہ یکتائیں سپر پاور جوڑ بیت ، دنیا یونی پولر ورلڈ …

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آغاز ِحقوقِ بلوچستان پیکیج کی حقیقت

محمد بلال غوری دل تو بہت چاہتا ہے کہ نئے سال کی آمد پر پرانے تازیانے بھول جائوں، خوشی کے گیت گائوں اور محض اس دعا کیساتھ 2020ء کا پہلا کالم لکھوں کہ: خدا کرے کہ مری ارض پاک پر اُترےوہ فصلِ گل جسے اندیشہ زوال نہ ہو مگر کیا …

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Awaran, O Awaran

Zubeida Mustafa IF a child of seven is separated from his family to be sent to a village 50 kilometres away to attend school, how would it affect him? Obviously, it would be traumatic. The pain and anguish of separation would be deep for him as well as his mother.  …

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