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The mysterious case of land acquisitions in Balochistan

Mir Ibrahim Bizenjo owns land – a huge amount of it – in various parts of the coastal district of Gwadar. He also owns a lot of large motorised fishing boats — some registered in Pakistan, others in Oman across the Arabian Sea from Pakistan’s Makran coast. And he has …

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یعنی ایسے ہی چلے گا؟

وسعت اللہ خان تجزیہ کار پچھلے تہتر برس میں بلوچستان، سندھ اور خیبر پحتون خوا میں جتنی بھی علیحدگی پسند تحریکیں چلیں ان میں سے کچھ تو بدلے سیاسی حقائق کے بوجھ تلے دب گئیں یا بزور دبا دی گئیں۔ ان میں سے بیشتر تحریکوں نے ریاست کو استحصال پسند …

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Saudi Arabia And Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black On Exiles

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European support the most by targeting ethnic rights activists. Khashoggi’s murder …

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Situationer: Saving Balochi Academy

Muhammad Akbar Notezai AT the main entrance of Quetta’s tiny Adalat Road in the heart of the city, a signboard with ‘Balochi Academy’ written on it points to the right direction. After taking a few steps to the right, one can find a three-storey building on the middle of the …

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What does an ancient human settlement tell us about Balochistan?

The male figurines found from the ancient site of Mehrgarh, were carved with turbans on their heads Muhammad Ejaz Khan It had been soundlessly resting under tons of dark earth until it was uncovered recently. The village of Mehrgarh, in Balochistan, is among the oldest human settlements discovered in South …

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Trouble at the Pakistan-Iran Border

The Baloch-dominated border area used to be a source of cooperation for Islamabad and Tehran. What went wrong? By Muhammad Akbar Notezai It is increasingly apparent that all is not well between Pakistan and Iran, despite the fact that the two countries officially use every chance to deny that there is …

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Poverty And Discrimination Lead To Violence, Insecurity In Iran’s Baluchistan

The abduction by Jaysh al-Adl insurgents of several Iranian border guards including military men, members of the Bassij militia as well as two IRGC intelligence agents at the Mirjaveh border in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan Province on Tuesday October 16 is an indication of Iran’s failure in restoring sustainable security …

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Trump should do what Reagan did when dealing with Iran

By Peter Ferrara | Fox News Thirty-one years ago today, while I was working in the White House, President Ronald Reagan boldly declaredsanctions that prohibited all Iranian imports and restricted the export of 14 categories of U.S. products. Did this move face resistance? Sure. There were plenty of naysayers who, …

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Watchdogs Press Pakistan on Terror Financing

WASHINGTON — A delegation from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog monitoring terror financing and money laundering, has reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with what it called inadequate measures Pakistan has taken to curb terror financing and fix anti-money-laundering laws. The nine-member delegation of the Asia Pacific Group (APG), …

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Is The Sphinx of Balochistan Really Just a Natural Rock Formation?

J.P. ROBINSON In Pakistan in 2004, the Makran Coastal Highway which links Karachi with the port town of Gwadar was opened. The new road finally allowed tourists easier access to the Hingol National Park, 240 kms (150 miles) away from Karachi, and home to the huge anomalous rock formation known …

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