July 22: Shaheed Hameedullah Tatazai

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July 21, 2014 · 3:14 pm

Home Front : The changing face of Balochistan’s separatist insurgency

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 “Our history, our language, our very identity was eviscerated. They wanted us to be gungas—mute and hollow men.” Dr, Allah Nazar

By MAHVISH AHMAD

IN THE EARLY HOURS of 25 December 2012, the paramilitary Frontier Corps of Pakistan’s Balochistan province launched an operation in the small, remote village of Mai. The operation went unnoticed by all save a handful of local newspapers. According to residents of Mai, which lies deep inside Balochistan, six helicopters and up to two hundred cars carrying soldiers arrived on that winter morning. The soldiers went door-to-door pointing guns, and were surprised when people answered their accusations of being foreign spies with recitations of the kalima. “They thought we were Hindu agents,” said Muhammad Amin, a wrinkled farmer who witnessed the soldiers’ arrival.

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Sher Muhammad Marri

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Mujahid Barelvi remembers a forgotten hero of the Baloch struggle. Translated from the Urdu by Babar Mirza 

It is a great tragedy for this country in general and Balochistan in particular that Sher Muhammad Marri – who fought an armed struggle in the mountains during the 1950s and ‘60s and was imprisoned in different jails during the ‘70s – is hardly ever remembered in Baloch politics. Even most of the Baloch wouldn’t know where he is buried, for Sher Muhammad Marri was not a sardar or nawab whose politics and legacy had to be kept alive by his sons.

The day my lamenting eyes run out of tears

The eyes of the night of sorrow shall lose all light

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Extremists Make Inroads in Pakistan’s Diverse South

The group also has longstanding ties to the ruthless militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose militants have killed hundreds of Shiites in Baluchistan and Karachi in the past two years. Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar, is also a vice president of Ahle Sunnat.

karachi-sindhMIRPURKHAS, Pakistan — In a country roiled by violent strife, the southern province of Sindh, celebrated as the “land of Sufis,” has long prized its reputation as a Pakistani bastion of tolerance and diversity.

Glittering Sufi shrines dot the banks of the river Indus as it wends through the province. The faithful sing and dance at exuberant religious festivals. Hindu traders, members of a sizable minority, thrive in the major towns.

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Pakistan activists upset by new security law

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Activists worry that the Protection of Pakistan Act will be used to justify security forces’ excesses.


Islamabad, Pakistan - Sitting in a tent outside the Islamabad Press Club, in the baking heat of the Punjab summer, Zerjan Baloch awaits justice.

Not that she expects to receive it, she says.

On March 18, witnesses said a group of armed men in paramilitary uniforms and others in plainclothes apprehended Zahid Baloch, Zerjan’s husband, in the southwestern city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

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July 15: Martyr’s day of Balochistan


Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurBaloch veteran and writer Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur shares his memories about the Baloch martyrs of July 15, 1960.

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No retreat! No Surrender! No compromise!

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وزیرستان میں جاری نام نہاد آپریشن کی آڑ مہاجرین کے نام پر فوج شدت پسندوں کو بلوچستان میں آباد کررہی ہے۔ نواب مہران مری

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کوئٹہ(آن لائن) اقوام متحدہ کے ادارہ برائے انسانی حقوق میں بلوچ قومی نمائندے مری قبیلے کے سربراہ مہران بلو چ نے بلوچستان میں تشدد زدہ لاشوں کے ملنے پر کٹھ پتلی حکومت بلوچستان کے ترجمان کے بیان کو جھوٹ کا پلندہ قرار دیتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ بلوچ دشمن ریاستی قوتیں بلوچستان و بلوچ قوم کو ایک منصوبے کے تحت مذہبی شدت پسندی کی جانب دھکیل رہی ہیں پنجگور میں بچیوں کی تعلیم پر قدغن اور وزیرستان کے مہاجرین کی بلوچستان میں آبادکاری بلوچستان کے معاشرے کو مذہبی شدت پسندی و انتہاء4 پسندی کی آگ میں جھونکنے کی ریاستی سازشوں کی کڑیاں ہیں یکجہتی کا مظاہرہ کرکے

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