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Three Baloch women at Rio Olympics

  Madiea Ghafoor is being touted as the first Baloch woman taking part at the Rio Olympics 2016. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the 23-year-old is the granddaughter of famous Baloch politician and activist from Lyari, Lala Lal Bakhsh Rind. She will be representing Netherlands in the 4×400 relay in …

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After I knew I was a Zigri

“Barr e Kaheer has been set on fire,” a neighbor broke into our house, sweating from head to toe, to inform my mother. The guy who brought the news had been long gone. Yet, my mom stood static like a statue with a look I had never seen on her …

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Numbers, tragedies, headlines

Currently, I supervise ten trailer trucks in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. But five years back, I was a journalist with a promising future. I led a team of over 50 reporters, sub-editors and other non-editorial staff at The News International, a newspaper that touts itself to be Pakistan’s largest circulated …

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Who was Comrade Wahid

On the sunny afternoon of July 26, 2016, a group of armed masked men stopped a passenger bus at a Pakistan army check post, near Gadap Town, in the northwestern part of Karachi, forming the provincial border of Sindh and Balochistan. The masked men ordered all the passengers to show …

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The bookman goes missing

I would never be able to believe that he read all the books he bought. He bought them in dozens. Not once in a month. Almost every week. “Where can I find Kafka’s collection of short stories in Urdu?” And he would guide me to a bookshop in Karachi’s Urdu …

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The money-minting university

“Look at that building over there, Arif. It’s being built from your money.” Fits of laughter broke out between our group on this private joke. The place that my friend pointed was the building under construction on the premises of University of Balochistan, Quetta, and the money he referred to …

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More about the land of Baloch jinns and fairies

“You look exactly like your father,” one of the relatives told the older daughter of Wahid Qambar, a veteran of the 1970s insurgency who organized the current armed resistance in the Makran region, which hadn’t participated in the previous four Baloch rebellions since Balochistan’s amalgamation with Pakistan in 1948. We, …

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‘Mother’s womb’ of Baloch militants under siege

A six-year-old girl has died in a small village of Balochistan called Zarren Bug. On Thursday morning, Sangeen, daughter of Mohammad Umer, died all out of sudden. She didn’t have any medical history. Five kilometers away from her small village, a fierce battle is raging between the Pakistan army and …

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