• Sunday 22nd July 2018

فرانس پرس: سلیمانی از ناحیه سر زخمی شده و حالش وخیم است

اپوزیسیون ایران روز یکشنبه 29 نوامبر 2015 اعلام کرد، قاسم سلیمانی فرمانده لشکر قدس شاخه برون مرزی سپاه پاسداران ایران، که اخیرا طی درگیری با مخالفان سوری در حلب زخمی شد، برخلاف گزارش‌های منابع ایران و سوریه اصابت وی سطحی نیست بلکه از ناحیه سر به شدت زخمی شده و وضعیت او وخیم است. به گزارش خبرگزاری فرانسه، شورای ملی مقاومت ایران طی بیانیه ای گفته است بنا بر معلوماتی که از داخل خود سپاه بدست آورده است ژنرال قاسم سلیمانی، دو هفته پیش در منطقه جنوب حلب بر اثر اصابت ترکش خمپاره به شدت از ناحیه سر زخمی...

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‘hundreds Of Children, Women Missing In Balochistan’ Shahid Husain

As many as 14,362 people, including 150 women, have “disappeared” in Balochistan since 2001, and 370 mutilated bodies have been found in different parts of the volatile province so far. As many as 14,362 people, including 150 women, have “disappeared” in Balochistan since 2001, and 370 mutilated bodies have been found in different parts of the volatile province so far. The News learnt of these statistics from Qadeer Baloch, vice president of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, on Monday. Sitting in a camp in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) since January 1 to protest against the “disappearances”...

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Time For Solidarity With Balochs By: B. Raman

The Killing Fields of Balochistan have started shocking the conscience of the international community. The Killing Fields of Balochistan have started shocking the conscience of the international community. Not only non-governmental human rights organisations, but even Governmental spokesmen of other countries-including a spokesperson of the US State Department in response to Tweets on the sufferings of the Balochs- have started getting over their hesitation in expressing their concern over the steady flow of reports from Balochistan about the atrocities committed by the Pakistani security forces on the people of Balochistan. The atrocities have taken many forms. Brutal killing of...

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The Baluchi Blues Again, Strategy Page

There is not much Islamic terrorism in Baluchistan. Most of the fighting is over more benefits for the local Baluchis. January 12, 2012: The violence in southwest Pakistan (Baluchistan) doubled last year. In 2011 there were 711 terrorist/separatist related deaths (542 civilians, 122 security forces, and 47 terrorists/separatists) in Baluchistan. In 2010 there were 347 deaths (274 civilians, 59 security forces, and 14 terrorists/separatists). Most of the violence is caused by local Baluchi tribesmen fighting for more autonomy and a greater share of the natural gas shipped from the area. While the capital of Baluchistan (Quetta) is a sanctuary...

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Analysis: Balochistan: The Gwadar Aspect Dr Qaisar Rashid

Clearly, the past of Balochistan is haunting the present and swaying the future, as Balochistan’s is a story of broken promises and frustrated expectations The known history of Balochistan is laden with persistent insurgency of variable intensity. The latest spike in insurgency is an artefact of the post-2000 events. The counter-insurgency launched by the state has also proved counter-productive, as the strategy has bolstered the resolve of the Baloch insurgents to rely on militancy for protection of the Baloch rights. In fact, violence is an endemic problem Balochistan is faced with. The Balochistan version of violence has two actors:...

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Harbyar Welcomes Us Concern On Balochistan

“They try their best to save the lives of animals but cannot see the Baloch mothers who are going through immense pain because of extra-judicial killings of their innocent children. LONDON: US concern on human rights abuses in Balochistan is an encouraging breakthrough is the actualisation of Baloch efforts, said Baloch leader Harbyar Marri in a statement received on Wednesday. Marri said the rights abuses since 2005 onwards have “now taken the shape of a human catastrophe. Since July 2010 more than 300 innocent Baloch have been killed and dumped on roadsides and barren lands.” Marri further said that...

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Al Assad Regime’s Survival Depends On Iran’s Strength By Patrick Seale, Gulfnews

If Tehran cracks under the pressure of economic sanctions and military threats, Damascus could fall ,President Bashar Al Assad of Syria does not seem to be in any immediate danger of collapse or overthrow. In spite of confronting a popular uprising at home and severe pressures from abroad, he has – for the moment at least – weathered the storm. His difficulties, however, are immense. In a speech on 10 January he described the crisis he is facing as ‘a battle unprecedented in Syria’s modern history.’ Several authoritative sources, both inside and outside Syria, share the view that, having...

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Iran: Game Over! By Abdul Malik Ahmad Al Al Sheikh, Al Sharq Alawsat

– the so-called “Arab Spring” – and the exposure of Iran’s sectarian agenda, increased Arab awareness of Tehran’s destructive terrorist role in the Arab region and the wider world, the exposure of the false Iranian façade regarding the Palestinian cause and its support for oppressed nations, Iran’s continual defiance of the international community Ever since the Khomeini revolution in Iran, political analysts and research centers in the West, particularly in the US, have been speculating about a “major deal” anticipated between the US and Iran, regarding the Arabian Gulf. Both the Iranian and US pragmatic political maneuvers in dealing...

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Senate Votes For Mush Treason Trial By: Imran Mukhtar

ANP and Balochistan lawmakers asserted that Punjabi, Balochi, Pushto, Sindhi and Saeriki should be declared as national languages in addition to Urdu. ISLAMABAD – The Upper House of the Parliament Monday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the federal government to institute a case against military dictator and former president Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution and arrest him immediately on his arrival in the country. Lawmakers both from the treasury as well as the opposition benches including Professor Khurshid Ahmed, Afrasayab Khattak, Raja Zafarul Haq, Dr Khalid Somroo, and Mian Raza Rabbani jointly moved the resolution. The...

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648 Days Of Protest Yield No Result Sidrah Roghay

she speaks only Balochi. It was August 9, 2011, when her brother, Qarinjar Baloch, a 22-year-old student, went missing. It is the 23rd day of the sit-in protest outside the Karachi Press Club against enforced disappearances, and 11-year-old Nabeela from Pullabad, a village in Balochistan’s Turbat District has been here for all of these days. She sits, cornered by the grown-ups, in a camp shrouded with portraits of missing persons and what the protesters call “martyrs of the Baloch cause”. Her face is covered in a purple dupatta, and she speaks only Balochi. It was August 9, 2011, when...

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Balochistan: The Sc And The Media Dr Qaisar Rashid

If someone is interested to raise the issue of missing persons and target killings in Balochistan, the streets of Islamabad are made available to stage a sit-in and display banners but no corridor of power is available to listen to and resolve the matter The force of disorder is powerful enough to instigate an order. The adage stands true nowhere else but in Pakistan. It was Advocate Hadi Shakeel Ahmed, President Balochistan High Court Bar Association, who filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court (SC) on the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan. In response to that,...

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Time To Attack Iran Why A Strike Is The Least Bad Option Matthew Kroenig Fariegn Affairs

The truth is that a military strike intended to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, if managed carefully, could spare the region and the world a very real threat and dramatically improve the long-term national security of the United States. MATTHEW KROENIG is Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons. From July 2010 to July 2011, he was a Special Adviser in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, responsible for defense strategy and policy on Iran. In early October, U.S. officials...

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Iran Border Guards ‘Kill Six Pakistanis’ Reports Say The Men Were Livestock Traders. Bbc

Officials say the incident occurred on Thursday on the Iranian side of the border close to Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province. At least six Pakistanis have been shot dead and two others wounded by Iranian border guards after they crossed the border, Pakistani officials say. Officials say the incident occurred on Thursday on the Iranian side of the border close to Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province. The wounded men and the corpses of the six others are yet to be handed over to the Pakistani authorities. Reports say the men were livestock traders. “Six of them were killed in firing by...

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Ataullah Mengal’s government, perceived as hostile, was summarily dismissed in Balochistan in 1973

These loyalists have not dissented since Ataullah Mengal’s government, perceived as hostile, was summarily dismissed in Balochistan in 1973 The Balochistan government is plumbing new depths in misgovernance and it has prompted the unobtrusive and ineffective Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi to express his dislike and discontent with the state of affairs there. Speaking to the media after the 10th Convocation of the Balochistan University, he expressed concern over the worsening law and order situation in the province, and said that it was the responsibility of the provincial government to improve security to the satisfaction of the people. He...

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Demanding Attention: Baloch Students Want Tv Blackout From Feb 1

But media is not highlighting this crime against humanity,” Javed Baloch, general secretary of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Mohyuddin), said at a news conference at the Quetta Press Club on Sunday. QUETTA: A student organisation in Balochistan has threatened that it will suspend transmission of private television channels across the province to protest ‘failure to properly highlight the plight of the people’. “Baloch people are being subjected to enforced disappearances and their bullet-riddled bodies are turning up daily. But media is not highlighting this crime against humanity,” Javed Baloch, general secretary of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Mohyuddin), said at...

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Iranian Forces Kill 8 Pak Border Traders (Staff Reporter), Khaleejtimes

“It was midnight when these traders from Gwadar, after delivering about a dozen of cows to their customers here in Bahu Kalat area, were returning home. 28 January 2012 RAS AL KHAIMAH – Iranian forces have killed eight border traders and injured another in the early hours of Thursday northeast of Chabahar port city on Pakistan border. According to reports reaching here, six cattle traders from Pakistani side of Balochistan after delivering cows to their customers in Iranian Baluchestan province were returning when they were chased and fired upon by the Pasdaran Forces of Iran, killing them all instantly....

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Iranian Forces Killed Eight Traders Near Pakistan By Mohammad Zafar

Six cattle traders from the Pakistani side of Balochistan were returning home after delivering cows to their customers in Iranian Balochistan when they were chased and fired upon by Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards of Iran). All six died instantly. QUETTA: Iranian forces killed eight traders and injured another in the northeast of Chabahar port city, close to Pakistan, in the early hours of Thursday. Six cattle traders from the Pakistani side of Balochistan were returning home after delivering cows to their customers in Iranian Balochistan when they were chased and fired upon by Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards of Iran). All six...

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Analysis: Negligent Dereliction Of Duty Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

These loyalists have not dissented since Ataullah Mengal’s government, perceived as hostile, was summarily dismissed in Balochistan in 1973 The Balochistan government is plumbing new depths in misgovernance and it has prompted the unobtrusive and ineffective Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi to express his dislike and discontent with the state of affairs there. Speaking to the media after the 10th Convocation of the Balochistan University, he expressed concern over the worsening law and order situation in the province, and said that it was the responsibility of the provincial government to improve security to the satisfaction of the people. He...

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Nightmare In Balochistan: By Selig S. Harrison

Unless that conflict is resolved soon, it could lead to thedisintegration of Pakistan Many international crises of the last decade have resulted from the practice of drawing colonial boundaries without regard to ethnic and linguistic realities. In some instances, newly independent governments have had to fight bloody and costly wars with separatist or irredentist movements just to hold their countries together. Some are well-known: the Nigerian civil war, the battles that resulted in the conversion of East Pakistan into Bangladesh, and the recent bitter clashes in the Ogaden Desert between Ethiopia and Somalia. But others seem to pass virtually...

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Iran Is Running Out Of Steam: Its Strategic Retreat Is Most Visible At Regional Level. Tehran Is In A Perpetual Conflict With Its Neighbours By Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, Special To Gulf News

The setbacks start at home. Politically, Iran, which is gearing up for crucial parliamentary elections due on March 2, is badly polarised. After nearly a decade of regional expansion, Iran is in for a strategic retreat. This time last year Tehran was counting its numerous regional and international gains. But from now on it seems that Iran will have to take stock of its regional and global losses, which are piling up by the day. The setbacks start at home. Politically, Iran, which is gearing up for crucial parliamentary elections due on March 2, is badly polarised. The political...

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Eleven Soldiers Killed In Balochistan Clashes

Baloch militants have been fighting since 2004 for political autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan’s wealth of natural oil, gas and mineral resources. – File Photo by AFP QUETTA: Baloch militants attacked security forces overnight, killing at least 11 soldiers and wounding another 12 in clashes that raged for five hours, officials said Wednesday. Gunmen attacked two posts in the Margut area, about 60 kilometres east of Quetta, capital of the insurgency-torn southwestern province of Balochistan. The soldiers were responsible for guarding coal mines, they said. “About two dozen gunmen armed with light and heavy weapons...

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Intel Chief: Pressured Iran Might Strike In U.S.

Top United States intelligence officials had a dire warning for Congress on Tuesday; that Iran would likely launch terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as pressure mounts against the regime in Tehran. The alarming assessment is making a tense situation even more serious. The briefing by the nation’s top intelligence officers added another ominous development to the possible showdown with Iran. In his written statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said last year’s abortive plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus...

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Editorial: Balochistan: A Self Fulfilling Prophecy: (Brp) Chief Brahamdagh Bugti’s Sister And Niece In Karachi Was Unlike Any Other Target Killing.

This is completely against the culture of the Baloch. Reasonable suspicion thus arises that this was not the work of any Baloch tribe but our own intelligence agencies that are busy harassing and assaulting the Baloch. The Balochistan Assembly passed a resolution against the brutal murder of MPA Nawabzada Bakhtiar Khan Domki’s wife and daughter in Karachi. A complete shutter-down strike was observed all over Balochistan to condemn their murders. The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for a retaliatory attack on four Frontier Corps (FC) checkposts near Margat coalmine area in which at least 15 FC personnel were...

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Baloch Human Rights Council (Uk) Condemns The Brutal Target Killing Of The Sister And Niece Of Brahamdag Bugti

Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) strongly condemns the vicious target killings of the sister and niece of Baloch Republican Party chief and respected Baloch nationalist leader Mir Brahamdag Bugti by the Pakistani military intelligence assassins on Tuesday in Karachi. The family driver of Dombki family was also killed in the attack. Press Release London, Dated: 02/02/12 The murdered ladies were the wife and daughter of Mir Bakhtyar Dombki, a sitting MPA of Balochistan Assembly and a respected member of Dombki tribe. Both Mir Dombki and his wife are grand-children of Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed by Pakistani army...

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When The Doves Cry: What Or Who Is The Baloch Students Organisation? By Nadeem F. Paracha

with all the competing, cooperating and then competing again Baloch nationalist parties and organisations and their many factions and splinter groups. Last week, The Baloch Students Organisation (BSO), threatened that it will suspend transmission of private television channels across the province [1] to protest the media’s ‘failure to properly highlight the plight of the people of Balochistan’. What or who is the Baloch Students Organisation? BSO has been around since 1967 and has continued to be an active and important player in the topsy-turvy sphere of Baloch nationalist politics. And even though over the decades it has experienced its...

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Balochistan Shut On Third Day Running Against Killings

QUETTA: A complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in major parts of Balochistan on third consecutive day on Saturday, condemning killings of lawmaker Nawabzada Bakhtiar Khan Domki’s wife and daughter. The deceased, who were sister and niece of Baloch Republican Party chief Brahamdagh Bugti, were shot dead in Karachi on January 31. The strike call was given by BRP and supported by the Balochistan National Party and National Party, trade and transport unions. All roads wore a deserted look in most parts of Balochistan. Heavy contingents of police, Frontier Corps and other law enforcement agencies were deployed at...

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Arab, Turkish Officials Urge Dialogue With Iran

Arab and Turkish officials slammed talk of a military strike against Iran, saying Sunday it would be a disaster for the region and calling for renewed negotiations, while also urging the international community to keep pressure on Syria to end the bloodshed there. In the wake of suggestions that military strikes are an increasing possibility if sanctions fail to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, Qatar’s minister for international cooperation told a gathering of the world’s top security and defense officials that Arab nations rejected the idea. “Knowing the region very well, I think this is not a solution,” Khaled...

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Usa Congresionnal Hearing On Balochistan, Location Room 2200 Of The Rayburn House Office Building

open hearing of the Oversight and Investigations to be held in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Baluchistan You are respectfully requested to attend the following open hearing of the Oversight and Investigations to be held in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Date Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Time 2:30 PM Location Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building witnesses C. Christine Fair, Ph. D. Assistant Professor Georgetown University Mr. Ralph Peters Military Analyst and Author Mr. Ali Dayan Hasan Pakistan Director, Asia Division Human Rights...

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Balochistan: Us Congressional Hearing May Spell Trouble For Pakistan By Malik Siraj Akbar

State department officials and members of the US Congress, have now begun to publicly assert support for an independent Balochistan. -Photo by Reuters While some officials from the government and non-governmental organisations have only expressed concern over the situation, other individuals, including former army soldiers, State department officials and members of the US Congress, have now begun to publicly assert support for an independent Balochistan. -Photo by Reuters The United States (US) Committee on Foreign Affairs is set to convene a congressional hearing [1] on Wednesday (February 8), for an exclusive discussion on Balochistan. The extraordinary event has generated...

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‘Simpsons’ To Iran: ‘This Means War!’

When asked to comment on the news, “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean had just one thing to say: “This means war!” Iran is banning the sale of all “Simpsons” toys within its borders, but the long-running Fox animated series isn’t just rolling over. When asked to comment on the news, longtime “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean had just one thing to say: “This means war!” The independent Iranian newspaper, Shargh, reported on Monday that a governmental agency, the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, had placed the “Simpsons” merchandise on a toy blacklist alongside Barbie...

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Congress Body Discussing Balochistan Today Serious Concern Conveyed To Us

“Perhaps we should even consider support for a Balochistan carved out of Pakistan to diminish radical power there (in Pakistan),” ISLAMABAD (Online): Pakistan has conveyed its serious concern over the US Congress powerful committee’s meeting to be held on Wednesday exclusively on the issue of Balochistan. Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit told Online that Pakistani embassy in Washington has taken strong notice of the scheduled meeting of the US congress committee on foreign affairs to deliberate the issue of Balochistan. The official website of US Congress displayed the notification and topic of the meeting. A Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher...

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Editorial: Balochistan To The Fore

In today’s world, it is no longer possible to carry on blithely with this kind of slow genocide without the world taking notice, sooner or later. Balochistan has an unfortunate history of denial of rights and repression against those who demand them. It is doubly unfortunate because it has been largely ignored by the political forces as well as the media, barring untoward incidents such as the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti. Daily Times is proud to have consistently led in this regard. Our persistence in reporting and commenting on a critical issue may finally be bearing fruit in...

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Human Rights Abuses: Us Committee Hears Grievances Of Balochistan By Huma Imtiaz

said that the province’s wealth was being taken by dominant Punjabi elite. Committee hears testimonies from human rights groups, scholars and analysts. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE WASHINGTON: In the packed Room 2200 of the Rayburn Office Building, members of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations began hearing human rights activists and scholars detail human rights abuses in Balochistan. The hearing chaired by Congressman (R) Dana Rohrabacher, who last week introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to award Dr. Shakil Afridi with US citizenship. In his opening remarks, Rep. Rohrabacher said that Balochistan is a turbulent land...

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Balochhal Editorial: Congress’s Landmark Balochistan Hearing

Congressmen gave the impression that they cared for the people of Balochistan and were disturbed by human rights violations being committed by the Pakistan army in Balochistan. Wednesday’s hearing on Balochistan of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs was a spectacular success under every standard for the Baloch nationalist movement. Chaired by Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican congressman from California, the hearing was attended by four more congressmen, bringing together members of America’s two most important political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, to discuss the important issue of Balochistan. A very learned audience, comprising of policymakers, lobbyists, diplomats,...

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American Congressmen, Defense Analyst Stress Balochistan’s Right To Self Determination By Malik Siraj Akbar

Not only did he reiterate his support for an independent Balochistan in Rayburn House Office Building’s Room 2200 on Wednesday but he was also joined by four more legislators, from both the Republican and Democratic parties, WASHINGTON DC: “This is not a political stunt,” said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher while looking into the eyes of Georgetown University Professor C. Christine Fair as he concluded an extraordinary hearing of the US House committee on Foreign Affair. Rohrabacher, who had recently co-authored an article supporting Balochistan’s independence , did not say his remarks had been taken out of context. He seemed...

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View: Balochistan: The Isi And The Media Dr Qaisar Rashid

If the Pakistan Army had solved the Bangladesh problem, its standing on Balochistan would have been valued. Gradually, the relationship between the media and the ISI turned symbiotic and some quarters of the media took upon themselves the job of defending publicly every act of the ISI Perhaps the world would have been a better place to dwell in if military solutions to political issues had been successful. In that case, there would have been no need of long-drawn political dialogues and negotiations since they consume time. If the Pakistan Army had solved the Bangladesh problem, its standing on...

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Us Congressional Hearing: ‘Pakistan Using Brutal Force In Balochistan’

” Balochistan deserves our attention because it is a turbulent land marked by human rights violations committed by regimes that are hostile to America’s interests and values,” Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said at a Congressional hearing. Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:54 516 1 Tags: Baloch people, Dana Rohrabacher, Islamabad Washington: Accusing Pakistan of using brutal force in Balochistan, eminent US lawmakers have expressed serious concern over the human rights violations in the restive province. ” Balochistan deserves our attention because it is a turbulent land marked by human rights violations committed by regimes that are hostile to America’s...

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The Baloch Who Is Not Missing Mohammed Hanif

“He had a hole in his heart and the doctors told us not to put him under any stress. So I kept telling him that his daddy was away on business.” In the last week of November 2011, Qadeer Baloch, a retired UBL employee from Quetta did something that no grandfather should have to do. He held his four and a half year old grandson’s hand and took him to see his son Jalil Reki’s mutilated bullet-riddled body and made sure the kid got a good look at it. Qadeer Baloch also had a chat with the boy and...

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Taking Cognizance Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Surely Balochistan is not going to become independent due to Congressional committee meetings. The only positive outcome of this meeting for the Baloch is that it has highlighted their plight and this may encourage other western countries to pay more attention to the human rights abuses in Balochistan Sadiq Umrani, President PPP Balochistan, while condemning the cowardly murder of Brahamdagh Bugti’s sister and niece in Karachi by the intelligence agencies on the Balochistan Assembly floor made a shocking disclosure that he and two other ministers, Yunus Mullazai and Zafar Zehri, in November 2011 saw Frontier Corps (FC) personnel holding...

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Baluchistan And Baluch Nationalism: The U.S. Interests By Dr. M. Hosseinbor: A Presentation,On Baluchistan Hearing The United States Congress

The Iranian Baluchistan was invaded and incorporated into Iran by Reza Shah, the founder of Pahlavi Dynasty, in 1928. Baluchistan and Baluch Nationalism: the U.S. Interests By Dr. M. HOSSEINBOR A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Author of Iran and Its Nationalities: The Case of Baluch Nationalism, Pakistani Adab Publications, 2000. A Presentation On Baluchistan Hearing Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation House Committee on Foreign Affairs The United States Congress Rayburn House Office Building, February 8, 2012 It is a great honor for me to appear before you to present the case of...

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U.S. Hearing On Balochistan Raises Hackles, Awareness In Pakistan

Sanaullah Baloch, a former senator writing in the “Express Tribune,” believes that the use of force failed to suppress the Bangladeshis and that history will repeat itself if the state continues with the same policy regarding Balochistan. The U.S. Congressional hearing last week on Balochistan, the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces, though it was firmly rejected by Islamabad, is being seen in Pakistan as any eye-opener for the state and its security agencies. Pakistan’s newly appointed envoy to Washington and onetime champion of freedom of expression and human rights, Sherry Rehman, in an official reaction called the hearing an...

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Pakistan’s Colonial State Of Mind Keeps Baloch In Chains, Michael Hughes, Foriegn Policy Strategist, Huffingtonpost

Balochistan was an independent nation for more than 1,000 years before Great Britain invaded and annexed it in 1839. A U.S. House Foreign Affairs committee hearing held last week on human rights violations in Balochistan elicited predictably defensive reactions from Pakistan after the proceedings exposed the brutality of the sub-colonial racist ethos the country’s Punjabi elite inherited from their British overlords. According to Pakistan’s rulers and right-wing media, the state’s oppression of a subject race is an internal affair and, most importantly, none of Washington’s business. As a result of “kill and dump” operations along with enforced disappearances at...

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Hyrbyair Meets Brahamdagh To Discuss Balochistan Freedom Charter

Hyrbyair Marri along with Dr Mostafa Baloch visited Brahamdagh Bugti in Geneva to condole the death of his sister and niece who were shot dead in Karachi on January 31. LONDON: Baloch nationalist leader Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri has called on the leader of Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti in Switzerland to express his condolences on the murder of his sister and niece in Karachi. According to details, on February 11, Hyrbyair Marri along with Dr Mostafa Baloch visited Brahamdagh Bugti in Geneva to condole the death of his sister and niece who were shot dead in Karachi...

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Ripples Of Terror: Balochistan Rocked By Another Dead Leader’s Body, Blasts

As the flames leapt higher, more bodies were discovered and explosions continued to claim innocent lives. The inferno in Balochistan intensified on Monday. As the flames leapt higher, more bodies were discovered and explosions continued to claim innocent lives. The day began with the discovery of a body dumped near Turbat – mutilated and shot 30 times in the head and chest. The body was of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) leader Sangat Sana – missing since December 8, 2008. Sangat had been whisked away from the Kolpur area in Bolan. More horrors would follow. A remote-controlled explosion on a...

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Us Congressional Hearing On Balochistan/Dismemberment Of Pakistan By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

We need to ask honestly why Baluchis are not entitled to a Free Balochistan, why the Pashtuns–despite their abhorrent customs–are not entitled to a Pakhtunkhwa for all Pashtuns, why forty-million Kurds aren’t entitled to a Free Kurdistan The subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on Wednesday (2/8/2012) to discuss the target killings and human rights situation in Balochistan and termed it a matter requiring urgent attention. The hearing was chaired by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who recently co-authored an article with Congressman Louie Gohmert expressing support for an independent Balochistan....

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Balochistan Abuses Forced Into Spotlight By Amir Mir

Hoagland was told that the hearing was unacceptable as it was tantamount to interference in the internal affairs of the country, the Foreign Office said in a statement. ISLAMABAD – An unprecedented open hearing by the United States House of Representatives on human-rights violations in Pakistan’s trouble-ridden Balochistan province, coupled with bitter criticism of the Pakistani state by two well-reputed international human-rights organizations for its failure to protect civilians from the security agencies, has raised many eyebrows in the Pakistani military establishment that alleges suspicious motives on the part of the Americans. Amid heightening civil-military conflict in Pakistan’s largest...

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Aggressive Acts By Iran Signal Pressure On Its Leadership By Scott Shane And Robert F. Worth International Heralds Tribune

As investigators unearthed new evidence implicating Iran in the attacks this week in Thailand, India and Georgia, WASHINGTON – A string of aggressive gestures by Iran this week – assassination attempts on Israelis living abroad that were attributed to Tehran, renewed posturing over its nuclear program and fresh threats of economic retaliation – suggest that Iranian leaders are responding frantically, and with increasing unpredictability, to the tightening of sanctions by the West. As investigators unearthed new evidence implicating Iran in the attacks this week in Thailand, India and Georgia, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran announced Wednesday what he said...

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Balochistan: We Have Lost Count By Mir Sohaib Mengal

The bodies kept falling and we, the Baloch activists, kept counting. In January 2011, within a span of just few months, the number of bullet-riddled bodies grew up to 70. It was July 2010. I was in Karachi back then for my CA. One day I received a text on my mobile phone from a Baloch friend that bullet-riddled body of missing Faizullah Baloch has been found. We couldn’t believe it. Abduction by intelligence agencies was a daily routine in Balochistan. But we couldn’t understand why they would kill him. He was in their custody, they could detain him...

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