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‘China may end up helping Baloch freedom war’

Beijing’s expansionist policy will redraw regional ties, says Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri BY FRANCESCA MARINO They named it Operation Zer Pahazag, or Defending the Ocean. The 24-hour gun battle they fought with the Pakistani army at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, which ended on May 13, was a strike against …

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China and Saudi Arabia: The Global Ambitions of Mohammad bin Salman

Insights from James Dorsey. By Mercy A. Kuo Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is the 180th in “The Trans-Pacific …

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‘The more you get hurt, the more you scream’

Shah Meer Baloch Balochistan’s first chief minister, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, is said to be the fourth pillar of Baloch nationalism, and the only one alive today. The other pillars were Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri and Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.  Born in 1929, Mengal spent his childhood …

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Mohammed Hanif: ‘To write about politics in Pakistan, you have to go abroad’

Interview by Claire Armitstead Mohammed Hanif was living in London when his award-winning first novel was published. Now back in Karachi, he discusses the threats he’s faced and why he continues to speak out They put GPS chips in pets and migratory birds now. How can someone flying around in …

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‘The road to Gwadar passes through Balochistan’

Raza Wazir speaks to veteran Baloch nationalist Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur about his reservations on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Why do you oppose the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor? It’s a huge project that will certainly benefit Pakistan. What is in Pakistan’s interest is not necessarily in the interest of Balochistan. If you …

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Barzani adviser: Kurdish secession is inevitable

Amid rising regional tensions and international opposition, Iraqi Kurds voted in a controversial secession referendum in September, setting off a chain of events that resulted in a military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad. Central government troops quickly regained controlof Kirkuk, home to more than one million people and the hub of …

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“CPEC is not a game-changer, it’s game over”

Shahzada Irfan Ahmed Interview: Kaiser Bengali Kaiser Bengali is a senior economist who has served as advisor to the chief minister Balochistan as well as consultant/national coordinator for Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Government of Pakistan. Besides, he has headed research institutions including Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, …

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Every writer is a struggling writer, says Mohammed Hanif

SHAH MEER BALOCH Hanif sheds light on his writing life and ambitions and talks about his new opera about the Bhuttos Mohammed Hanif’s story is an unlikely one. A voracious reader as a child, he grew up in a village in Punjab and then enlisted in the military to experience …

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ریاستی اداروں کے منہ کو خون لگ گیا ہے: محمد حنیف

  محمد حنیف کے مطابق ڈاکٹر ریاض کی زندگی کا مقصد آواز بلند کرنا ہے کراچی کی ایک عدالت نے بلالائسنس اسلحہ رکھنے کے مقدمے میں حراست میں لیے گئے کراچی یونیورسٹی کے شعبۂ کیمیا کے استاد ڈاکٹر ریاض احمد کو ضمانت پر رہا کرنے کا حکم دیا ہے۔ سنیچر …

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People Speak

KHURRAM AMIN “I was born in Spintan, Balochistan, in the Marri tribe. My father was married three times and has three children – we are two brothers and a sister. He was an expert at playing the sarangi, his name was Ustad Mehran. He forced to learn how to play …

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