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A forsaken place?

thumbnail imageMost people live in a make-believe world of their own in which a Kalmah-reciting person considers himself superior to others who do not. This was clearly demonstrated when the coffin containing the mortal remains of Air Blue disaster victim Prem Chand was emblazoned across its length with the word kafir.

Is Pakistan Falling Apart?

thumbnail imageThe problem for Pakistan is not that the country is going to implode or sink into anarchy, but that successive crises do not produce revolutionary or radical change. A dysfunctional and corrupt state, part-controlled by the army, staggers on and continues to misgovern the country. The merry-go-round of open or veiled military rule alternates with feeble civilian governments. But power stays in the hands of an English-speaking élite that inherited from the British rulers of the Raj a sense of superiority over the rest of the population.

Peter Gelderloos, Meet the Baloch

thumbnail imageThis time, however, it was supposed to be different. This time the Baloch had the internet. This time the Baloch would win support by broadcasting to the world the wrongs perpetrated by the Pakistan government, one of the more cynical crimes being a literacy rate in Balochistan of 37% (20% for women).

It’s a mad, mad, mad world

thumbnail imageIndia has an acute narcissistic personality disorder, which makes it fight way above its weight and it invariably ends up with egg on its face. Narcissistic personality disorder is a dominant feature in Pakistan’s psychological makeup too; it thinks it is the ‘chosen one’

Brahamdagh, a thorn in Malik’s side or . . .

thumbnail imageWhenever the issue of Balochistan’s unrest is raised with neighboring countries, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik demands the handover of Brahamdagh Bugti. Mr. Malik holds this young man in his 30’s responsible for the insurgency in Balochistan.

Baloch Hal editorial: Joining the Establishment

thumbnail imageChief Minister Raisani has recommended the Baloch youth to give up support to the nationalist movement and become a part of the establishment to live a better life.

Timeless tactics

thumbnail imageAny self-respecting government would have resigned long ago but this toothless and powerless CM and cabinet continue to selflessly serve the Centre and persist in hoodwinking people with bluster and false promises.

Debacle Policies for Balochistan

thumbnail imageEven today the family member of Zakir Majeed Baloch are actively running their hunger strike camp for the recovery of Zakir Majeed Baloch and thousand other Baloch activists.

Clueless in Quetta

thumbnail imageMr. Malik needs to be reminded that use of coercive force to crush the Baloch nationalist movement is widespread and has a long history in the province. If he has come up with the idea of ‘use of force as the only option’ to restore order in the province, then he is woefully divorced from reality.

“We are your boss!”

thumbnail imageIn any part of the world and in any culture it is considered inappropriate, if not illegal, to trespass on another person's property. The one who does can be considered a criminal. But in my world, it is quite the opposite. Here in this small village in Balochistan, the homeowner is forced to say nothing; otherwise he will be shot dead.

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