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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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What is Pakistan’s militancy issue all about?

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Who’s fighting whom in Pakistan? Why does the country’s powerful army continue to support some militant groups? DW examines the protracted conflict in the nuclear-armed nation and its possible effects on the region.

By Shamil Shams, Hans Spross 

Over 60 Pakistani liberal intellectuals from all over the world gathered in London on Saturday, October 29, to discuss the future of their country. Organized by South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights forum, the conference issued a “London Declaration for Pakistani Pluralism” that highlighted a number of issues facing the country, but most prominently Islamic extremism and the role of Pakistani army in politics.

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Balochistan needs wikileaks: Mehran Baluch tells UN body

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Appealing to UN on the dire Human Rights violation by Pakistani forces, Mehran Baluch, who is a noted activist for Balochistan said “I come from a God-forsaken part of the world where neither the CNN nor the Al-Jazeerah TV networks have a full bureau. I am from Balochistan, which means the land of the Baloch, in southwest Asia. To be honest, Balochistan needs Wikileaks.”
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