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One killed, 9 hurt in blast Published: January 26, 2010 QUETTA – One security personnel was killed and nine others including six civilians were wounded after a remote controlled bomb exploded in the Panjgur town of Balochistan on Monday morning. Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) accepted the responsibility for the attack. According to sources, unidentified people had planted an explosive device in a motorbike parked at Hospital Road of Panjgur town. The device went off with a big bang when vehicle of security forces passed through the area. Resultantly,10 people including 3 security personnel sustained injuries and rushed to a nearby hospital where security personnel identified as Rafiq succumbed to his injuries. ‘Seven people including two personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were injured in motorcycle blast when the vehicle of security forces was passing through the area’, Jamil Ahmed, DPO Panjgur

Balochistan: The Plight of Disappeared in Balochistan

Monday, 25 January 2010 The cycle of enforced disappearance in Balochistan started several years ago. No practical measure to fight this has been taken by the government except some shallow statements. Below is an article published by Zaib Khan : “My brother was picked up by the state intelligence agencies when he was returning home from office,” recalled Hani Baloch, the sister of a missing Baloch person, as she broke into tears while saying this. Baloch Women’s Panel (BWP) has been observing a hunger strike camp in front of Quetta Press Club for the past many years for the recovery of several missing persons. The participants of this camp are predominantly the ones whose loved ones have been whisked away by the state intelligence agencies. But not many people have returned home yet. Unfortunately, many among these families which are observing hunger strike for the recovery of the missing persons comprise of those whose livelihood largely depends on the earnings of the male memb

4 wounded in bomb blast in Pakistan's Balochistan

Islamabad, Jan 26 (PTI) Four persons, including a police officer, were injured today when a bomb went off in Jaffarabad district of Pakistan's Balochistan province. The bomb, hidden in a motorcycle parked near a bus stop in Dera Alayar, went off when district police chief Syed Khaliq Shah was passing the area in his official vehicle. Shah and three passers-by were injured by the blast, TV news channels reported. The police officer's vehicle and several other cars were damaged. The police officer was on his way to office at the time of the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the blast though such attacks are usually blamed on Baloch nationalist groups that have been waging a campaign for greater autonomy for the oil and gas-rich province.

From the Horses Mouth-Talking 'Baluch' with Jerry Anderson

From the Horses Mouth- Talking 'Baluch' with Jerry Anderson Original text & photos appeared in HALI 76, © 1994 The study of so-called ‘Baluch’ tribal weaving has reached a watershed. While on the one hand Baluch rugs have cast aside their misleading stereotyped image as derivative Turkoman bastard cousins, on the other we still find in the marketplace the promiscuous use of little understood attributions and terminology founded upon ‘scholarship’ that too often fails to rise above the level of dogma. Loosely based on the sometimes unreliable accounts written by European travellers in the region during previous centuries, or drawing on subjective interpretations of Asian myth and ethnohistory, such popular ascriptions are seldom grounded in properly conducted research or first-hand experience of eastern Iran and Afghanistan. During the past two decades a number of well-known tribal rug writers, dealers and collectors, both American and European, have sought, if not alway

Balochistan is no Bangladesh

By Sushant Sareen The separatist sentiment sweeping through the province of Balochistan has led many in Pakistan to draw parallels with the situation that prevailed in East Pakistan and which ultimately culminated in the formation of an independent state, Bangladesh. But such parallels, while they sensationalize the issue of Balochistan and help to draw attention to it, tend to gloss over some very critical differences between the situation that existed in the erstwhile East Pakistan and what obtains in today’s Balochistan. More than the similarities, which are many, between East Pakistan of yore and Balochistan of today, it is the differences that stand in the way of Balochistan becoming another Bangladesh. Like in East Pakistan, the alienation of the people in the Baloch populated areas of Balochistan with Pakistan appears to be near total. There is an accumulated sense of grievance that is increasingly being