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Akbar Bugti: A man who lived and died as he wished

It’s the first-ever comprehensive profile of prominent Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, written by Sajid Hussain. We appreciate if his family members and supporters point out factual mistakes or provide us with additional information.   Despite his scandalous politics, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti is the most talked-about person in Baloch …

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Gul Khan Naseer: Revolutionary Baloch poet

Born in 1914, at Nushki, Balochistan, Gul Khan made his first appearance in the realm of literature in the early 1940s during the heyday of the Progressive Movement. He was among the few progressive Balochi writers who stayed committed with the ideology of the movement till their last breath. Initially, …

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Sayad Zahoor Shah Hashmi: A one-man institution

Author: Abbas Jalbani Balochi literature is very rich in oral tradition but comparatively poor in the printed text. It was only in the early twentieth century that Balochi began to be transcribed in books. Under such trying conditions, it wasn’t easy for anyone to devote his entire life to the …

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Atta Shad: the architect of modern Balochi poetry

Atta Shad is considered the architect of modern symbolic Balochi poetry. Born in 1939 in Singanisar, a small village in Balochistan’s border district of Turbat, he was named by his parents as Mohammed Ishaq. However, there was another student of the same in his class, and his teacher changed his …

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Ghulam Mohammed Baloch: Life and politics

Ghulam Mohammed Baloch was one of the most influential nationalist leaders in the contemporary Baloch politics. His political career spanned from 1974 when he was still in school till April 2009 when he was picked up by Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel and eventually assassinated. In his 35-year political career, …

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