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Banadi Shehak: the first Baloch woman to lead a battle

By Asma Akhtar and Imrana Rasheed Whenever history recalls feminine courage, women’s heroic contribution and their unchallenged determination, Banadi Rind appears as an epitome. Banadi belongs to a Baloch tribe of warriors: the Rinds. According to Balochistan ke Qabahil by Manzoor Bukhari, Rind is a Persian word, which means “brave”.  …

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Is identity crisis a disease?

A few days ago,  I woke up in the morning pondering over the recent clash between Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and the Pakistan Army in which the latter opened indiscriminate firing on unarmed civilians causing many casualties. The tweet of the Director General ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor, was echoing …

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May God save us; military has found a new enemy

A few days ago in North Waziristan, Pakistani army attacked a peaceful public rally headed by elected members of the National Assembly Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar. The army claimed it was in their defence that they opened fire at the protesters. It claimed Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar were …

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China hurt in Gwadar PC hotel attack

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, four gunmen stormed the luxury Pearl Continental hotel in the heavily-guarded city of Gwadar, a port-city that Pakistan has been long advertising as the “safest” in ensuring China’s success with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), all thanks to the host country’s uptight security measures. …

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Panjgur Bus Incident: Who is to blame?

On January 21st, a passenger bus enroute to Panjgur collided with an oil tanker resulting in the tragic loss of 26 people and leaving another 16 injured. The awful incident in Bela brought serious tragedy to the people of Balochistan, especially Panjgur. The fire spread rapidly causing more people to …

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