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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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Wahid Baloch and the plight of ‘missing persons’ in Pakistan

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Wahid Baloch, a prominent activist, was allegedly detained by security forces earlier this year. Baloch has now been reunited with his family but there’re thousands of other Baluchistan activists whose fate is unknown.

Pakistani activist Wahid Baloch, who “disappeared” four months ago, has returned to his home in the southern city of Karachi. “The social activist, writer and small-scale publisher is believed to have been detained by unidentified security officials on July 26 on the outskirts of Karachi, setting off a frightening, though wearingly familiar, process of recovery for his shocked family,” said Pakistan’s English daily, Dawn, on Wednesday, December 7.

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بلوچ خواتین کی عالمی سطح پر پزیرائی

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بی بی سی نے اس سال دنیا کی اہم ترین خواتین کی فہرست جاری کی ہے جس میں پہلی مرتبہ ایک بلوچ خاتون یعنی بلوچ اسٹوڈنٹس آرگنائزیشن (بی ایس او آزاد) کی چئیر پرسن کریمہ بلوچ کا نام شامل کیا گیا ہے۔ یہ بلوچستان کے لئے عموماً اور بلوچ خواتین کے لئے خصوصاً فخر کی بات ہے۔ آپ کریمہ بلوچ کی سیاست سے اتفاق کریں یا نا اس بات سے قطع نظریہ بات اہمیت کی حامل ہے کہ بی بی سی نے ایک ایسے خطے( بلوچستان) کی سیاسی کارکن کی جد وجہد کو اجاگر کیا ہے جہاں سے خبریں بمشکل باقی پاکستان اور دنیا تک پہنچتیہیں۔

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In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

Kurdistan Republic of Mahabad, 1946 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Kurdistan Republic of Mahabad, 1946 Source: Wikimedia Commons

In May 2015, Mahabad, the capital of Iran’s Kurdish region, burned as riots and protests spread following the mysterious death of a young Kurdish woman in the city. Activists claimed that she had fallen to her death from the window of a hotel while escaping an attempted rape by an Iranian security official. The incident garnered international attention and was the focal point for geo-political propaganda battles.

The riots in Mahabad were not only indicative of the latent rage among the Kurdish population, but were also a symbolic reminder of the flame that has long burned within the city of Mahabad.

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A century in India, but Baloch are still not at home

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Even as the Balochis of Mumbai rally for an OBC status, not much has changed for this community of migrant stonebreakers in over a century

By Anju Maskeri | mid-day 20-Nov-2016

In 1901, when the British Government brought approximately 5,000 people from Balochistan to Mumbai via Karachi to work as stone quarrying labourers, Anis Sohrab’s grandfather was one of them. “He was just 18 then. His engagement had broken off and he was looking to get away from home. So, he came to Mumbai on a steamer and started working as a labourer here,” says the 50-year-old. Back in the day, the grandfather built the Gaondevi temple near Sohrab’s Andheri (East) residence. “The then Viceroy, John Gilbert employed him to work on the Khandala railway tracks and tunnel,” he reveals.

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Naela Qadri Baloch: Those who claim to be nationalists in India should stand by Balochistan

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The issues plaguing Balochistan gained prominence in the public discourse following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, in which he empathised with the people there and vowed to extend support to the troubled country.

Modi’s words have resonated as various leaders of the Balochistan independence struggle have found a prospective ally in India. One such leader, Naela Qadri Baloch, now views the struggle with renewed hope.

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