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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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The evolution of a dead body

Twenty years old and brimming with the passion of becoming a writer, I was eager to meet anyone who had something to do with literature. So I met a guy.  In 2002. A literary friend of mine took me to this guy’s small apartment in Lyari where he lived with …

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دَری جہانءَ بلوچ جیڑہ ءَ پدا سر کَشّتہ

مئی 2016ءِ دہمی روچ ءَ چہ یو این پی او (اَن ریپریزینٹِڈ نیشنز اینڈ پیپلز آرگنائیزیشن) ءِ نیمگا واشنگٹن امریکہ ءَ دو جتائیں دیوان بوت۔ یک دیوانےءَ ماں ”کارنیگی اِنڈوومنٹ فار اینٹرنیشنل پیس“ ءَ بلوچستان ءَ انسانی ہکّانی جاورہال، میڈیا ءِ آزاد ی ءُ اِندگہ جیڑہانی سرا ہبر بوت۔ اے دیوانءِ بندات ءَ …

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The endangered species of ruined Balochistan

I once tasted houbara bustard meat. In March 2015. At an influential royal Abu Dhabi sheikh’s palace. Actually, at the palace’s servant quarters. Pakistani passport doesn’t suit me. I’ve lost two of them as of yet. After applying for a new passport at the Pakistan embassy in Abu Dhabi, I …

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