According to a B.B.C. Urdu report, at least five dead bodies of the missing Baloch people have been found in different parts of Karachi in the past one and half months. The pattern of the newly found dead is very similar to what was until recently described by the Amnesty International as the “kill and dump operations” in Balochistan. Political activists and citizens who disappear from Balochistan, mainly from the coastal region of Mekran, are now found dead in parts of Karachi.
The Pakistani government has finally decided to take away the control of the Gwadar Port from the Port of Singapore Authority (P.S.A.) and hand it over to China. On Monday, President Asif Ali Zardari formally presided over a signing ceremony of handing over the Gwadar port to China Overseas Ports Holding Company Limited.
Journalist Malik Siraj Akbar talks on CNN about the dangers of reporting in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province engulfed by an ethnic insurgency
At least two journalists, one full-time and a part-time, have been killed in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province in the past one week. Unidentified armed men carried out both the murderous attacks in the Pakistan-Iran border district of Panjgur.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an underground Sunni extremist group that allegedly receives support from units of Pakistani intelligence agencies, has accepted responsibility for most of such attacks in the recent past.
The elections will be a futile exercise if there is no change in the current composition of the Balochistan Assembly. The status quo did not change after the 2008 elections and a similar outcome this time will further block a ballot-driven solution for the Balochistan conflict.