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Editorial: The case of missing Shabir

 The recent momentum in the case of missing persons has rightly caused a stir among political and social circles within and outside Balochistan. It started after the participants of a peaceful really led by missing student leader Shabir Baloch’s family, among others, were manhandled by police in Quetta to stop …

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The Islamization of Balochistan

Bordering Iran to the west, Afghanistan to the north and laying at the Strait of Hormuz to the south, Balochistan is generally known for its strategic importance, prodigious riches, an ongoing nationalist insurgency, and human rights challenges. Underneath this lies a systematic and diabolic subversion triggered by the military establishment …

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Caught in conflict: the Baloch women

On the outskirts of Quetta, just at the foothill of the Chiltan Mountain range, is a small town comprising over 10,000 people. The town was established by the internally displaced refugees from Balochistan’s Kahan town who had been forced to flee their ancestral land in the 1970s during the conflict …

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Yes, I’m from Balochistan

Balochistan is not a country. When someone asks me here in Europe where I come from and I tell them Balochistan, it will most likely be the first time they hear about this piece of land. Then they ask me what language do we speak in Bal.. Balok… Balokistan… “Balochistan,” …

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Is PTM an ‘engineered protest’?

The statement from the Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on April 12 that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting sacrifices of “real heroes”. He, without naming the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), blamed …

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Balochistan: Political awakening

Recently, Brahumdagh Bugti, the leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), through a tweet, subscribed to the Pakistani version of the events of March 27th 1948, which Baloch observe as a black day as Balochistan was illegally annexed to Pakistan. He said it was only Kalat and not Balochistan that …

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A lesson from Baloch history

The leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has issued statements in serious breach of the Baloch nationalist narrative and presented the world at large with an inaccurate understanding of Baloch history. Balochistan had been a loosely knit tribal confederacy for centuries with major political activity and discussion being centered …

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