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Snippets from history prove several dimensions to the Baloch

Subedar Major Mir Kambir Khan Rind Baloch

Subedar Major Mir Kambir Khan Rind Baloch

Makrani Baloch had been the backbone of the marine front for the last 400 years from the Sultanate of Oman to the Chabahar Port in Iran to Zanzibar in Tanzania and Mombasa in Kenya

By: Shazia Hasan

KARACHI: The audio recordings from the Berlin Lautarchiv of Indian World War I prisoners of war that are a part of the ‘Digging deep crossing far’ exhibition under way at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, include Balochi recordings. A talk on Monday by Dr Hafeez Jamali, assistant professor, Habib University, looked at Baloch entanglement with colonial military circuits in light of this evidence from German archives.

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PAKISTAN: Curbing freedom of expression in the name of national security and State ideology

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A Written Submission to the 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the deteriorating state of freedom of expression in Pakistan. In states like Pakistan, where democracy is little more than fascism behind a façade of democracy, free press is the first casualty. The Constitution and certain legislations authorize the government to curb freedom of speech on subjects that include the Constitution itself, the Armed Forces, the Judiciary, and religion. Harsh blasphemy laws have occasionally been used to suppress the media as well.

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