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Story of an American Baloch who spent 10 months in ISI dungeons

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“What I went through, I won’t wish it for my worst enemy.”

Ahmar Mustikhan

“My personal enmity is only with the ISI,” US Citizen Afzal Bugti, 57, a successful businessman from Chicago, who went back to Pakistan, said. There were rumors that he had been abducted because of personal enmity when he vanished into thin air in May 2016, trackless. Bugti’s cardinal son: talking on the phone with his tribal chief, who is also his party chief, Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti in Geneva.

“I am alive today simply because I am an American,” Bugti said on phone from Karachi. “For 10 long months I did not see the light of the day, when I was freed from the dungeon my eyes could not stand the day’s light.”

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Pakistan?

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US patience with Pakistan appears to have finally run out. But whether this will mean Washington will try something different with Pakistan remains to be seen.

Seema Sirohi

Washington: Pakistan and its supporters, increasingly frustrated at the rising crescendo of criticism from US opinion makers and demands for a tougher policy, are trying to make a comeback and rev up their stock by talking up their country’s indispensability for the US.

The objective is to steer the Trump administration’s ongoing policy review in favour of Pakistan to the extent possible and prevent major damage.

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Balochistan’s battle for ideas

Muhammad Akbar Notezai

The buzz about Balochistan in the rest of the country involves China but at a local blood bank in Quetta, jihad in Kashmir and Myanmar takes centre stage. An activist of the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — the charity wing of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) — is the protagonist, and he is armed with a copy of the paper Ahrar, the JuD’s organ, and other literature propounding jihad.

“You must read these regularly if you want to be good Muslims,” he exhorts others around him. “It will also help you live your lives according to the sunnah.”

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کراچی میں بلوچ نسل کشی

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تاریخ کے اوراق میں کلاچی سے کراچی تک کا سفر کڑوا حقیقت ہونے کے ساتھ دردناک بھی ہے ۔ بلوچ جغرافیائی حدود ، تاریخی ورثہ ، زبان ، ثقافت پر یلغار سے کلاچی کا کراچی میں تبدیل ہونا ایک طویل بحث کا متقاضی ہے۔ میرا اپنے اس مختصر کالم میں، اس طویل کہانی کو زیر بحث لائے بغیر یہاں کے بلوچوں کی موجودہ حالتِ زندگی کے ہزاروں مشکلات میں سے صرف ایک ’’بلوچ نسل کشی‘ کو زیر بحث لانے کا مقصد گذشتہ کئی سالوں سے جاری بلوچ نسل کشی کے طویل منصوبے اور بحثیت مجموعی اپنی بے حسی کو خود پر آشکار کرنا ہے۔

ہر دورمیں مشکلات و مصائب کے باجود کراچی بلوچوں کی سیاسی ، سماجی ، ادبی سرگرمیوں کا مرکز رہا ہے ۔ بلوچوں کی سب سے زیادہ آبادی والا شہر ہونے کے سبب بلوچ قومی تحریک میں کراچی کا ایک فعال کردار رہا ہے ،اور یہی سیاسی جدوجہد ریاست کیلئے دردِ سر تھی جبکہ ریاست کی ہمیشہ کو شش تھی کہ بلوچ قومی تحریک کے حوالے سے کراچی میں سیاسی خلا ء پیدا کیا جائے ۔

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پاکستان کے اقتصادی اہداف کی راہ میں حائل بلوچ باغی رہنما

تحریر: کولن فری مین(بیرونی نامہ نگار)
ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی

کوئٹہ، بلوچستان: ایک ایسا ملک جہاں مسلح انتہا پسندوں کی کوئی کمی نہیں، پروپیگنڈے کا نشریہ اس چہرے سے اچھی طرح واقف ہے۔

قومی سپاہ کا مفرور رہنما کسی خفیہ پہاڑی مقام سے ایک کیمرے کے سامنے حکومت کو جھڑکتے ہوئے مخاطب ہے، جسے حکومت نے پہلے ہلاک کرنے کا دعوی کیا تھا، جدوجہد جاری رکھنے کا عزم ظاہر کر رہا ہے۔

لیکن ان کے بغل میں رکھی ہوئی رائفل کے باوجود ڈاکٹر اللہ نذر کا پیغام پاکستان کے عسکریت پسند گروہوں کے معمول کے انداز بیان سے مختلف ہے۔

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Trump must get tough with Pakistan

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Future financial aid should depend on genuine opposition to terrorists

By Fulvio Martusciello

President-elect Donald Trump made headlines after Pakistani officials released details of his phone call with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. While the reported kind words exchanged could be interpreted as the beginning of a renewed friendship between the two countries, Islamabad’s thirst for headlines alone have made this less likely. More importantly, in the past Mr. Trump has stressed the security challenges associated with Pakistan and its potential global reach.

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As Bangladesh Became Free on Dec 16, 1971, a Secret London Conclave Mooted Balochistan’s Liberation

Abdus Samad Azad, the first foreign minister of Bangladesh, with Indira Gandhi in New Delhi in 1972

Abdus Samad Azad, the first foreign minister of Bangladesh, with Indira Gandhi in New Delhi in 1972

On the day Pakistan surrendered to India at Dhaka, Bangladesh’s foreign minister-in-exile advised Baloch, Pakhtoon and Sindhi nationalists to launch a joint liberation struggle against Pakistan with Indian help.

By Sashanka S. Banerjee

In the nine months since March 25, 1971 – as the Mujibur Rahman-led Bangladesh liberation struggle got transformed into a war of independence, ending on December 16, 1971, with the emergence of the former East Pakistan as the sovereign, independent Peoples Republic of Bangladesh – the Pakistani Army’s campaign of massacre and mass rape became the unmarked and un-wept genocide of the 20th century. This grim event is well documented by research scholars and there is no scope for doubting the records.

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