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Gwadhar: An excerpt from History

'Persia and the Persian Question by the Hon. George Nathaniel Curzon, M.P.'Page 431 - 432
Excerpts-European Telegraph, and is sometimes spoken of as the possible maritime terminus of a railway line from Seistan, or British Beluchistan. The town is quaintly and even picturesquely situated 
on a long and low spit of sand, projecting into the sea, and narrow 
ing to an apex, not more than half a mile in width, between two bays. Upon this low neck of land is built the port of Gwadur, with a population of about 4,000, and a trade in wool and cotton from 
the interior, and in fish from the coast. On the southern side, 
and immediately below the town, which is not at first visible from 
the sea, the narrow spit suddenly bulges into a rocky promontory, 
from 100 to 300 feet in height, the latitudinal section of which is 
perhaps six miles in length, and which, presenting its broad face to 
the sea, is exactly like the head of a hammer into which the haft 
is fitted at the point where …

Pakistan's protest over #FreeBalochistan ad campaign shot down by UK

ANI | London Nov 30, 2017 12:23 PM ISTPhoto: Twitter (@WorldBalochOrg )
In what comes as a blow to Pakistan, the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has refused to take up any action against the removal of #FreeBalochistan advertisements from London's buses and taxis."I have informed the complainant that we will not pursue the matter because, based on the facts available to us, there doesn't seem to be a breach of the UK Code of Non-Broadcasting Advertising (CAP Code)," a letter from the Complaint Executive of the organisation read.The ASA Council acknowledged the subject of Baloch independence was a politically-sensitive one, but noted that "the advertiser had a right to express their views, as long as they were in line with the rules in the Advertising Code."🌐✔The Council also…

Designate former Pak president Parvez Musharraf as global terrorist: Baloch activist urges US

Nov 30, 2017 | 10:43 IST | Times Now DigitalFormer Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf   | Photo Credit: IndiatimesVancouver: A prominent Baloch activist has asked the United States to designate former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf as a global terrorist, a day after he claimed that terror groups such as JuD and LeT love him and that he is their biggest supporter.Read: Ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf says he likes Hafiz Saeed, calls himself the biggest supporter of LeTProf Naela Quadri Baloch, head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), has urged the US to start compiling information for satisfactorily fulfilling criteria for designating him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGTs).
The statement comes at a time when Musharraf has openly shown his affection towards deadly terror groups, responsible for spreading violence and …

Turning corners in Afghanistan

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD November 29, 2017
In the latest issue of Foreign Policy journal, Paul McLeary quotes Gen. John Nicholson, head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, who claims, that after 16 years of war, the United States and its Afghan partners "have turned the corner," the "momentum is now with Afghan security forces," and we are now "on a path to a win."
McLeary notes that we also "turned corners" in 2007, 2011 and 2012 and Nicholson is the eighth commander in the last ten years to forecast a pathway to victory.
In contrast to Nicholson's upbeat assessment, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported in October 2017 that the Afghan government controls 56 percent of the country, down from 62 percent in 2016, the end result of over $60 billion of American taxpayer money spent to train and equip the Afghan security forces.
Using the same counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy, Nicholson promis…