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NADRA increases registration in Balochistan

'Pakistan Times' Balochistan Bureau QUETTA: NADRA has increased its registration in Balochistan by 35 percent during the last two years to enable the Baloch youth to benefit from various facilities and schemes like BISP. These views were expressed by Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, during his visit to NADRA regional headquarter Quetta, said a press release issued here on Saturday. General Manager NADRA Baluchistan Muhammad Khalid Alizai and other high-ups of NADRA were also present on the occasion. “Balochistan is on our priority list and these steps are being taken on the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari. I believe that Balochi nationals will play a key role in development of the country. NADRA is making all out efforts to get the adult population in Baluchistan registered in a minimum possible time to facilitate them in getting education, health, employment and other facilities,” said the Deputy Chairman NADRA. “NADRA has so far registered 66 percent of the tota

Analysis: Midas’s gold —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur\03\01\story_1-3-2010_pg3_4 The powerless provincial government in Balochistan, if it has a modicum of decency, should quit immediately to absolve itself of the responsibility of exploitation and destruction of Balochistan’s resources and environment Nawab Aslam Raisani, Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan, announced last year that the provincial cabinet had unanimously decided to cancel an agreement with Tethyan Copper and Gold Company (TCC) for exploration of copper and gold in the Reko Diq area of Chagai district and not to lease out the land to the company for further work. He said, “Cancellation of the Reko Diq copper and gold project agreement is a step towards getting control over provincial resources in accordance with the wishes of the people.” He added agreements undermining the rights of indigenous people would be cancelled. Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp and Chilean Antofagasta’s have a major share in TCC. It turned out th

BANGKOK CONFERENCE: Governance in Balochistan

by Wendy Johnson (, Feb 22, 2010 Below is the text of paper presented by Ms.wendy Johnson at Bangkok conference, title "Governance in Balochistan" Three images I have seen cross my website over the past few years abide in my memory. One is a photo of students in Quetta—dressed in white dress shirts and black slacks, lying on the street, protesting the lack of places for them at a university. Another is a video of a woman with ropes over her shoulders, dragging something. As the camera follows her, in what appears to be a desert, it soon becomes apparent—and this video is very cinematic—that she is laboriously drawing water from a well. This is 2009, mind you. A third image is a photo of a woman, her face an expression of anguish—resting her cheek against posters depicting the disappeared and the dead in Balochistan. What these people have in common is a desperate need for a solution to their troubles—a decent and representative government. When my friends an

Reports of Indians training Baloch dissidents

February 25, 2010 ISLAMABAD: More than 100 Pakistani Baloch dissidents have been sent to India by the Indian consulate located in Kandahar (Afghanistan) for six-month training, The News learnt here on Friday. “We have credible reports that the Indian consulate in Kandahar dispatched more than 100 Pakistani Baloch dissidents during the second week of December 2009 for six-month training in India,” an intelligence source told The News on condition of anonymity. The source said the men sent for training in India were selected from areas bordering Pakistan as well as Baloch nationals residing in different camps in Kandahar maintained under arrangements of the Afghan and Indian intelligence operatives. “They have been promised a monthly salary of $500-1,000 on their return to Afghanistan,” the source said. “They will be imparted training in the fields of sniper shooting, handling of technical equipment such as GPS, wireless sets and intelligence gathering techniques,” he added. The

For Balochistan to stay, a particular mindset must go

Saturday, February 27, 2010 By Mohammad Malick ISLAMABAD: You had to see it to believe it. Such was the maddening rush of our legislators to flee the legislative coop on the last day of the session. The parliamentary facade lasted a mere ninety minutes. The attendance was even thinner than our moral fibre. With the Speaker away on official business and her deputy missing in action as well, the entire sitting was chaired by MQM’s Abdul Rasheed Godail. And boy, was he excited at occupying the lofty perch. The man simply couldn’t wipe the rather silly grin off his face. Federal ministers Afridi and Raja Pervez Ashraf too never bothered turning up to answer member’s queries. In case of Raja sahib, his royal abhorrence for insolent honest questions regarding rental power scam is understandable but whatever happened to our good old environment minister from Khyber Agency. He’s never been afraid of anything except Mangal Bagh, we are told. Maybe it would not be a bad idea for the question


BANGKOK DECLARATION 24 February 2010 We the participants of the International Conference titled “Balochistan Yesterday Today and Tomorrow: Meeting the Challenges”, organized by “Baloch Voice Foundation in Bangkok” on 22-24 February 2010 unanimously; 1. Commit ourselves to the struggle for our just and inalienable rights both as individuals and members of the Baloch community and resolve to put aside all our differences and work together in harmony and in close cooperation towards this end; 2. Pledge to take all measures possible through peaceful means to protect our language, culture and separate identity as Baloch and build a society based on values that affirm human dignity and freedom, emphasise diversity and inter-religious and sectarian harmony, and promote equality and justice; 3. Pay homage to the Baloch sarmarchars (freedom fighters) who have laid down their lives for securing the rights and interests of our community and have inspired us with their self-less devotion to

The end of Baloch Hal The Baloch Hal was the dream of a few young educated Balochs. They wanted to make a difference for their oppressed and repressed people. The online paper got extraordinary national and international attention. Launched by three young Baloch based in three different locations yet simultaneously coordinating to put the online paper together, the team approached anybody who was somebody to seek help to sustain this paper. The paper was the brainchild of a young Baloch daughter who had never visited Balochistan but was deeply in love with her motherland. Yet, we wanted to tell our people that change was not impossible if we worked with commitment. The Baloch Hal, without a penny in its accounts, did what government ministries with a budget of several million rupees could not do. We literally went to the homes of every Baloch and non-Baloch friends of Balochistan, including scholar, leader, bureaucrate, intellectual and told them why t

Bangkok Conference: Summary of First day

First Day of the Conference Bangkok , 22nd February ,2009 Paris-based Baloch Voice Foundation is hosting a three-day international conference on 22-24 February 2010 in Bangkok. It is being attended by leading Baloch activists from Pakistan and from around the world. Human Rights activists from Hong Kong, the U.S. and Europe are also attending it. The first day of conference began with a protest by some Pakistanis in front of the hotel where the conference is being held. There were about a dozen protesters carrying placards which said “Stop the Event”, and “We reject Feudal Lords”, assuming the meeting was a forum for Baloch sardars and feudal lords. Ironically, inside the conference hall, there was an unanimous position that the days of the Sardars were over and a new generation of Baloch leadership is emerging on the horizon to lead the Baloch resistance movement. Marino Budsachin, Secretary General of United Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), the international NGO based