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Two sisters injured in acid attack daily_detail.asp?id=234246 Thursday, April 15, 2010 By Urooj Zia Karachi Two young girls, both sisters, aged 11 and 13, were severely injured on Tuesday evening in an acid attack while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai, Balochistan. They were rushed to a local hospital for initial medical aid, after which they were referred to the Civil Hospital Quetta, around seven hours away by road. The victims’ parents are extremely poor, so much so that the local community had to contribute money and gather enough funds to send the sisters to the Civil Hospital Quetta by road, where they are currently under treatment. While the acid-throwers remained unidentified, residents of the area believe that this attack was carried out by the shadowy ‘Baloch Ghaeratmand Group’. A few days ago, the group, whose members remain unknown even in the close-knit community of Dalbandin city, which has a population of approximate

Kyrgyzstan-like agitation feared

Friday, April 16, 2010 By By Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: A veteran politician and former governor of Balochistan and the NWFP, Miangul Aurangzeb, takes pride in appointing Iftikhar Chaudhry as the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court, but is totally upset over what he bills the royal way of the PPP-led coalition governance. Defying pressures, Aurangzeb had made Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court this month 11 years back in 1999. He also recalls having requested then prime minister Nawaz Sharif not to ignore two senior generals to appoint Pervez Musharraf as the chief of the Army staff. Miangul, at the start of an interview with The News at his two-storeyed old-styled residence, adjacent to the Afghan Embassy in G-6/3, warned of what recently happened in Kyrgyzstan, in case the ruling elite persisted with indifference to the compounding miseries of the common man. Leader of opposition in Kyrgyzstan did what people desired in the face of

Balochistan: Self- determination more crucial than ever.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 The end to Pakistan's repression of Balochistan could be the answer to peace in the region and the 'war on terror' Below is an article published by The Ever since its annexation by Pakistan in 1948, Baluchistan has been subjected to a quadruple whammy of military occupation, political domination, economic exploitation and cultural hegemony. Just like Israel's settlement programme on the West Bank, Islamabad has a settler scheme to colonise Baluchistan. It is encouraging Punjabis to move to the region. The aim is to make the Baluch people a minority in their own homeland. Punjabi supremacists have imposed an alien language, Urdu, on Baluchi-speaking people. Borrowing from the tactics of apartheid in South Africa, which forced black children to be schooled in Afrikaans, Islamabad has dictated that Urdu is the compulsory language of instruction in Baluch educational institutions. The cultural conquest also involves the radic

Punjab unaware of Baloch culture: Raisani

* PPP senator addresses two-day national conference on Balochistan Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Punjab, which has always been at the forefront of governing Pakistan, is completely unaware of the Baloch culture, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Lashkari Raisani said on Wednesday. The senator made these remarks while addressing the concluding ceremony of a two-day national conference on “Balochistan: Rationalisation of Centre-Province Relations”, organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). Raisani, who is also the PPP Balochistan president, said he condemned the incidents of target killing, which were happening in different areas of the country. “Colonial treatment of the establishment is a major cause of the preset unrest in Balochistan. Its genuine leadership was eliminated so corrupt people, smugglers and drug mafia came forward to fill the vacuum. Consequently, Balochistan is being ruined by those who have no sy

National Conference on ways to end woes of Balochistan started

By Saad Saud ISLAMABAD—The national conference on the problems of Balochistan organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) was inaugurated by Mir Baz Khan Khetran, member PPPP CEC and senior vice President. After words of welcome by Dr Maqsudul Hassan Nuri, Acting President IPRI, Dr Martin Axmann, Resident Representative HSF, in his opening remarks welcomed the wind of change that was visible in the shape of the NFC Award, Aghaz-e-Balochistan Package and the ongoing discussion centering on Balochistan and the 18th Constitutional Amendment. He said that though elements in Balochistan were suspicious about the implementation of these important steps it can easily be seen that things were changing for the better. Mr Baz Khan Khetran in his presidential address blamed the centre for maltreatment of the Province since independence. Conspiracies were made against the province from the centre he maintained. The alleged London Plan and the mi

Tragedy in Balochistan mines

ArticleVideos More than 60,000 workers are employed in coalmines in Balochistan. Quetta: Six miners have been killed in two separate incidents in Marwar and Muslim Bagh areas of Balochistan. According to official sources, a coal mine collapsed in Marwar after a huge methane-related blast; a type of gas frequently found in coal mines. Four miners have been killed in the incident while one pulled out in critical condition. In another incident, two brothers were killed when a chromate mine collapsed in the Muslim Bagh area. Balochistan miners working to extract valuable minerals from deep inside the earth toil in unimaginable conditions, which sometimes costs them their lives Express has uncovered. Additionally, these mine workers are not given any training prior to being sent into the mines. As a result the number of accidents in these mines has been on the rise.

Violence against women is against the Baluch tradition,

Two sisters, aged 11 and 13, were acid-thrown at their faces on Tuesday while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai Baluchistan. The girls were said to be injured, they were admitted to hospital 100s miles away and said to be in the grim condition. Women in Dalbandin have enjoyed a relatively free movement and freedom to work and have contributed into a family economy in the traditional work places. Before the arrival of fanatic Islam in Baluchistan the Baluch Women could travel at daylight without male Relatives Companion in this region, which is still taboo in neighboring Islamic society. Acid thrower ,” The pamphlet, which is in Urdu, declared that development did not mean that the local population went against the “Baloch culture of Chaddor and Char-Deewari” for women. It also clearly warned women and girls against stepping out of their houses with their faces uncovered, or even going to a doctor unaccompanied by a man. “Acid will