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Enforced disappearances in Balochistan: an unresolved humanitarian crisis

Qambar Malik Baloch By definition, enforced disappearance occurs when a person is, “arrested, detained or abducted against their will by or with the support of government officials, followed by a refusal to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the persons concerned, which places such persons outside the protection of the law”. …

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China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn

Under a program China insisted was peaceful, Pakistan is cooperating on distinctly defense-related projects, including a secret plan to build new fighter jets. By Maria Abi-Habib ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When President Trump started the new year by suspending billions of dollars of security aid to Pakistan, one theory was that it would …

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Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negotiating this deal for a few years and had …

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The rise of BNP-Mengal

Adnan Aamir The party’s popularity is at an all-time high, writes Adnan Aamir. On December 6, district Kech was the stage for great political activity in Balochistan. In the by-elections for PB-47 (Kech III) the ruling party Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was contesting against Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-Mengal). The top …

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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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