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ByTARIQ RAHMANPh.DProfessor of Linguistics & South Asian StudiesAddress for correspondenceNational Institute of Pakistan StudiesH. 291 Safari AvenueQuaid-i-Azam UniversityGulrez Housing Society,Islamabad, Chaklala – RawalpindiPakistanPakistanTelephone : 508246e-mail: Learning of Balochi and Brahvi in PakistanTariq Rahman*The census of Pakistan gives figures for households in which Balochi is spoken (3.02 per cent) and Brahvi (1.21 per cent).Both languages,important as they are, being the mother tongues of the Baloch, are not taught in the manner and the degree to which they would have been had the state adopted multi-lingual language-teaching policies.The question is whether their teaching, such as it is, is part of resistance (or ethnic) Language-teaching?This question has been partly answered in my previous book Language and Politics in Pakistan1.The book traced out the way Balochi is part of the ethnic symbolism of the Baloch in Pakistan in their desire fo…

Mystery of Balochistan disappearances

New Kayhan village is believed to be a base for Baloch insurgents By M Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Quetta
Time hangs lazily over New Kayhan, a small village of about 4,000 people on the western outskirts of Quetta city, in south-western Pakistan.Signs of life are few and far between here.A tractor towing a water tank on wheels crawls slowly across the arid, sandy valley, bringing water to houses scattered on the southern periphery of the village.At the northern end, a boy sits in his wheel-barrow with a flat tyre, waiting for the mechanic to fix it.A couple of men emerge from a cluster of houses in the centre of the village and walk aimlessly towards a fortress-like compound on which is hoisted the flag of free Balochistan.Rebel baseQuetta is the capital of Balochistan province, which has been the scene of an armed secessionist movement since 2000.New Kayhan is believed to be a major base for the rebels.Officials say several ambushes on government forces took place here, and there are frequent …

Former corps commander, 2 ISI officials booked\02\04\story_4-2-2010_pg7_1

* Case registered in line with orders of Supreme Court over disappearance of Quetta resident Ali Asghar Bangalzai

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: Police in the provincial capital registered a case on Wednesday against former corps commander Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch and two senior ISI officials, in line with orders of a Supreme Court bench hearing a case related to the disappearance of a resident of the city, Ali Asghar Bangalzai.

The family of Bangalzai, a tailor master, registered the first information report (FIR) with the Sariab Police Station against the former corps commander, former ISI Quetta chief Brig Siddique and another senior ISI official identified only as Col Bangash.

Bangalzai’s son, Ghulam Farooq, told Daily Times that his 38-year-old father, along with a friend identified as Muhammad Iqbal, was “arrested” by intelligence agencies on June 1, 2000. He said while the two were released within 22 da…

Editorial: Trouble in Karachi\02\04\story_4-2-2010_pg3_1

The showdown between coalition partners PPP and MQM in Sindh over targeted killings in Karachi is a sad reminder that Karachi is far from settled, despite the PPP’s policy of reconciliation. MQM’s political assertiveness, which has more often than not taken a violent turn given its history, is racking up old resentments among its coalition partners in Sindh. Hence the angry outburst of Sindh’s Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza over targeted killings in Karachi, whose numbers have jumped to 35 within four days in the fresh spate of violence. Precious lives have been lost and businesses affected severely. Barely two weeks after trouble in Lyari was contained through strenuous efforts of the PPP, the eruption of violence again is a cause of great worry. Lyari’s effects had been felt as far as Khuzdar in Balochistan, where law enforcement personnel shot dead two protesters of the killing of Baloch persons in Karachi, …