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Minorities in Balochistan

By Professor Mansoor Akbar Kundi University of Balochistan, Quetta Balochistan contains a large number of minority population which in many anthropologists/sociologists, analysis, not only stands a significance of minority division but a symbol of minority population status quo in an ideological state. There might have appeared a threat to the religious freedom of few of them; nevertheless, the minorities in Balochistan have enjoyed more socio-cultural assimilation and political rights. According to the census report 1981; the minorities division in Balochistan was following. The total number of Christians were 29, 00; Huindus 27,00; Ahmadis/Qadiyanis 6,000; Parsee 4,000; Sikh 1,000 and Bhahis 700. Their population, nonetheless, like the rest of population has increased during the past years. Constituency five percent of the total population and 20 percent of Quetta population, the minorities in Balochistan have shared an important socio-cultural and economic co-existence with th

Great Iranian Baluchi vocalist Kamal Khan dies

Great Iranian Baluchi vocalist Kamal Khan dies Tehran Times Art Desk’ TEHRAN -- The outstanding vocalist and poet of Baluchistan Kamal Khan Hout died of a weak constitution in his hometown early Sunday. He was 68. Kamal Khan was taken to a hospital in Chabahar on Saturday night and was admitted to the CCU to receive medical treatment but died at 2am Sunday, the Persian service of MNA reported. His style of singing was epical and heroic, part of the oldest styles of Baluch music, and was popular among the Baluchis. “It is a great pleasure for me to attend the honoring ceremony of a prominent musician from Baluchistan, and I must admit that the music of the region has not been recognized and respected well,” vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian had declared in a ceremony the Iranian Academy of Arts arranged to honor Kamal Khan in 2007. Kamal Khan never went to school but was able to read and write and always carried a notebook with him. He used to write his own poetry and poems by othe

Pakistan's fiscal deficit up to 2.7% Khaleej Times - 03/03/2010 (MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Pakistan continued to live on borrowed money as the country's fiscal deficit during the first six months of the current financial year swelled to 2.7 per cent (Rs403.251 billion) of GDP, according to a document released by the Ministry of Finance. Top economists of the country warned that and if this trend goes on unchecked in the remaining period until June 2010, the budget deficit will be somewhere between 5.3 and 5.4 per cent. Unless drastic measures are to be taken, the fiscal target of 5.1 per cent, agreed with the International Monetary Fund, will certainly be breached bearing in mind the trend in the first half of the 2009-2010. Punjab is the only province that witnessed a budget deficit at Rs25.496 billion, and contributed to the overall figure of the country. On the contrary, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan experienced no deficit in the first six months of th

Balochistan crush Punjab

Thursday, March 04, 2010 By By our correspondent KARACH: Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Balochistan joined KRL and National Bank in the semifinals when they defeated their respective rivals KESC and Punjab in the quarter-finals of the KPT-PFF Cup at the KPT Stadium here on Wednesday. KPT beat KESC 2-0 while Balochistan crushed Punjab 4-0 to make it to the last four. Now, KPT will meet KRL while Balochistan will face National Bank in the semifinals to be held on Friday (tomorrow). The quarter-final between KPT and KESC was played in front of a good crowd. Referee Rana Naseer Ahmed struggled a lot to control the on field situation and had to show five red cards during the game, two direct and three as a result of double yellow cards. KESC captain Muhammad Essa and Aurangzeb Junior were shown direct red cards while KESC goalie Muhammad Umar, KPT midfielder Zafar Majeed and defender Muhammad Idrees came under fire through double yellow cards and will not be able to represent their tea