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Pakhtunkhwa Jamhoori Tarun rejects new name

Saturday, April 03, 2010 Delawar Jan PESHAWAR: The Pakhtunkhwa Jamhoori Tarun (PJT) here Friday rejected the new compound name for the NWFP and sought explanation from the Awami National Party (ANP) for suddenly accepting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa against its previous stance. “If we had to agree to a hyphenated name for the province, we could have achieved it 20 years ago,” said Sikandar Sherpao, convener of the PJT. The PJT is a conglomeration of political parties and civil society organisations formed to remove wrong perceptions about the Pakhtuns and to address the root-causes of extremism and the problems faced by the Pakhtuns. Speaking at a press conference, Sikandar Sherpao along with other leaders of the movement said that they were unable to understand as to what forced the ANP to change its stance on Pakhtunkhwa. “The leaders of the ANP were resolving to stick to their stand about Pakhtunkhwa during the deadlock. But we wonder as to why they agreed and what compelled them to accep

Raisani demanded Provincial autonomy

Friday, April 02, 2010 Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has demanded provincial autonomy for all federating units. In NWFP almost every political party is in favour of provincial autonomy. In Sindh the MQM has the same demand. Only in Punjab the PML-N is not ready for provincial autonomy which is causing centre-province tensions. A lot of problems will be solved automatically only if provincial autonomy is ensured in the 18th Amendment. If we closely observe our major political parties, it will become obvious that most of them have a provincial outlook. I hope that all the parties will seriously look into this matter. Mubashir Mahmood Karachi

BNP-M rejects constitutional package

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 02, 2010 QUETTA - The Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) while terming Constitutional Reforms Package as ‘April fool’ has appealed to Baloch people to unite among their ranks and files to defeat establishment and usurpers. Talking to newsmen here on Thursday, BNP Acting President Dr. Janzaib Jamaldini regretted that no change had come in the mindset of Islamabad and so-called democratic rulers of Punjab even after lapse of six decades. ‘It is another joke with the people of Balochistan, because we are not struggling for some privileges or little alms’, he said and ,added, that neither PPP nor PML-N was serious to address the grievances of Baloch people. He said that the main target of both parties in Constitutional package was to abolish 58(2)b and remove ban on becoming Prime Minister for third time while it had noth

Hindu trader, boy kidnapped Published: April 03, 2010 QUETTA - A Hindu trader and a teenager boy were kidnapped from provincial capital in broad daylight here on Friday. In the first incident, unidentified armed men abducted a Hindu trader, Nanak Das at gun-point from Arif Road of Quetta when he was opening his shop. Kidnappers drove him away towards unknown location. Similarly, in another incident, Azamtullah, 15, was on his way in Killi Goharabad area of the City when he was kidnapped by unknown persons. Separate cases of the incidents have been registered and investigations are underway. It may be mentioned here that incidents of kidnapping for ransom in Balochistan particularly in Quetta are on the rise while authorities concerned have failed to bust the gangs of kidnappers. Two children burnt to death Two children were burnt to death and five other people including two women received b

Balochistan Darkness Visible - Bleeding War In Pakistan Province

Thursday, April 01, 2010 By Ajai Sahni for SATP No perceived Western interests exist in Balochistan, no Coalition soldiers are dying on its soil, and the Baloch have not been involved in significant acts of terrorism against Western targets. That, perhaps, is why the world pays so little attention to the bleeding war in this vast and thinly populated province of Pakistan, in which the country's despotic Army has been engaged in a brutal campaign of repression, without interruption, for over five years now, and in repeated cycles since 1948,1 virtually since the moment of the forced accession of the province to Pakistan. And yet, the sheer intensity of state repression and the fury of response should have brought this forgotten region of darkness to the attention of a world that has pretensions to civilization and human concern. In 2010, for instance, just till March 11, there had been as many as 17 bo