Daily Archives: May 2, 2016

May 03: World Press Freedom Day

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May 2, 2016 · 3:00 pm

Documentary On Extremism Banned In Pakistan

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, head cleric of the Red Mosque, quizzes one of his newest students. Photo by Adil Sheryar.

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, head cleric of the Red Mosque, quizzes one of his newest students. Photo by Adil Sheryar.

Having been screened in over twenty countries and subsequently picking up numerous awards, Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s hard-hitting documentary, Among The Believers was recently axed by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) in Pakistan.

In a notification issued by the CBFC, it stated that “the [production] contains dialogues which project the negative image of Pakistan in the context of the ongoing fight against extremism and terrorism.”

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”کیا نیشنلزم فاشزم ہے؟“

Mir Mohammed Ali Talpur

تحریر : میر محمد علی ٹالپر

ترجمہ : لطیف بلیدی

کراچی میں ’سندھ رائٹرزاینڈ تھنکرز فورم‘ نے حال ہی میں ’نیشنلزم اور انٹرنیشنلزم‘ پر ایک مباحثے کا اہتمام کیا، سندھ میں چھڑی ایک بحث کے بعد جس میں کچھ لوگ فاشزم کا نیشلزم کیساتھ موازنہ کررہے ہیں۔ مجھے دوستوں کی طرف سے مدعو کیا گیا تھا اور میں نے وہاں اپنے خیالات کا اظہار کیا۔ یہ مضمون میری اُس گفتگو پر مبنی ہے۔

Is nationalism fascism?

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May 02: Shaheed Fida Ahmed Baloch

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May 2, 2016 · 7:36 am

The Problems of Baloch Statehood

Balochistan Map

After the Kurds, the Baloch is the second greatest stateless nation of West Asia. This article examines the problems or potential of a Baloch state. Similar to the Kurds, they are waging low-intensity war on the waves of the instability of the Middle East and South Asia and in the first decade of the 21 century reached to a new stage to develop a nationhood to struggle for an independent state.

History of Formation of a Nation 

The ancestors of the Baloch migrated in three waves from the beginning of 1200 B.C. southwards to Seistan, first from the territory of contemporary Kurdistan, later from the Alburz mountains, and in the latest wave from the surrounding territories of Aleppo to the Kerman and Makran region. The Baloch are ethnically close to the nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes of the Zagros mountains (the Kurds, the Loor and Bakhtiar). Their language belongs to the western branch of the Iranian language, related to the Kurdish, Talish and Mazandarani languages.

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