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War profiteers of Balochistan

I first heard the term ‘war profiteer’ when I was in the fourth class. Our teacher would use it in the context of Afghanistan insurgents and Pakistani generals after Afghanistan lost its buffer zone status in the aftermath of the interference of former Soviet Union during the regime of Hafizullah …

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Understanding Baloch society key to success

Balochistan means the land of the Baloch, the inhabitants and owners of this mineral-rich land. Yet they are downtrodden and are far behind as compared to the Punjabis, Pakistan’s upper-hand nation. Very few scholars have researched and written about the history of the Baloch nation. Some of them believe that …

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A political advice: Don’t be yourself

Ideologies do change human behaviour and the way we think. As a matter of fact, it sometimes changes your entire standpoint about relevant things and subject matters. You stop thinking out of the box, everything is emotion-derived and narrative-prescribed. It’s like being a Jihadi with a little more brain. Because …

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Khush Hal Balochistan or Khush Hal China?

Recently the Pakistani army chief, during his visit to Quetta, said that the army would provide full support to the federal and provincial governments for the execution and success of ‘Khush Hal Balochistan’ (KHB) programme. This initiative aimed at development of the province was discussed at a meeting presided over …

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Remembering happier times for Baloch women and children

As the Baloch across the world are crying foul over the ‘abduction’ of their women and children by security forces, it is consoling to reminisce about the not-so-distant past when our women and children enjoyed a happier life with some significant powers. Baloch women realized their power and freedom in …

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Baloch, Balochistan and their Struggle

Nations cannot be manufactured on basis of common religion, ideology or geography as has been the case in Pakistan, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are no more and in Pakistan fault lines appear daily; you cannot simply lump people together and tell them they are a nation …

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Self-determination and the Baloch national question

By Hassan Hamdam Introduced during First World War as a political principle in order to resolve the emerging and complex national questions in Europe, the right to self-determination or freedom of choice without outside influence has become a legitimate right of the subjugated people in a 21st century world. Intertwined with …

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CPEC: the Baloch Perspective

CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is one segment of the proposed ‘One Belt One Road’ program of the Chinese government aimed at expanding Chinese economic and strategic influence in Asia. It involves a road and rail link from the Baloch town of Gwadar to Western Chinese city of Kashgar. Several …

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Aristotle’s formula for normal living

  In corrida, the bull rider’s adrenaline runs high as he risks his life while mounted atop a bucking bull. An eagle’s eyes shine as it playfully chases its prey in the sky. A cheeta smiles as the target slips away from it. A person of intellect cherishes the company of …

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