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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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Pre Poll Rigging in Balochistan

Qambar Malik Baloch   It is not only the president of Balochistan National Party – BNP who raised ‘serious questions’ about the transparency of the upcoming general elections in Balochistan but by and large every political analyst is expressing doubt about a fair and transparent election process in the province. …

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New Political Party Seen As Rehashing Old Tricks In Balochistan

As campaigning for Pakistan’s July 25 election swings into high gear, a familiar game is being repeated in the country’s restive southwestern province of Balochistan. Opposition politicians and analysts say a new political party in the region is attempting to prevent Baluch ethno-nationalists from winning the polls. The Balochistan Awami …

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مذہب ءِ نام ءَ بلوچانی میڑینگ ءِ پندل ءُ پندل ساز ((اولی بہر))

عبدین ولی مذہب گوں بنی آدم ءِ وشی ءُ گمی آں ہوار زند ءِ ہمک تہراں ہمگرنچ انت۔ پمیشکہ بازیں دپ وشیں ملّا ءُ سیاسی رہشون ایشی ءَ را پہ وتی مطلباں انچوش کارمرز کن انت کہ گمان بیت ایشاں دین ءِ گم چہ ہر کس ءَ گیشتر پر اِنت …

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The next American war

Munir Akram THE odds are growing that the next American war will be against Iran. Of the three countries designated by the US as the ‘axis of evil’, Iraq was invaded; North Korea has agreed to an uncertain process for ‘denuclearisation’; Iran remains regionally powerful and defiant. Former US President …

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Balochistan Awami Party; Old wine in a new bottle

By Imdad Baloch With over 70 years of indirect rule on Balochistan, the security establishment’s control runs deep in the governing bodies and has significantly influenced the socio-political, economic and cultural spheres of Balochistan. With the overnight creation of Balochistan Awami Party, the security establishment of Pakistan is asserting that …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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The devious plans of Pakistan’s army & Supreme Court might just work in upcoming polls

HUSAIN HAQQANI The powers-that-be must seriously consider the price Pakistan pays for each round of their attempt to manipulate the political process. The outcome of Pakistan’s parliamentary and provincial elections, scheduled for July 25, can now safely be predicted. Their result will be further instability and political turmoil. The military, …

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Tears of Sindhu: exploring Sindhi political history

By Hassan Hamdam The new book “Tears of Sindhu: Sindhi national struggle in historical context” authored by Dr Naseer Dashti is one of the most interesting books on the history of Sindh. Authors and writers belonging to powers who subjugated Sindhis for centuries had written Sindhi history in a biased …

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