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The Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur Story Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur in 1987 This is the first of a two-part interview of Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur. Published first in  Tanqeed  on May 2015 In the fall of 1971, Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur (MM Talpur) decided to leave his life as a student to go struggle for Baloch rights. Inspired by his understanding that injustice and neglect had alienated the Baloch people, he felt this was a time to stand alongside them. Little did he know that this could be the last time he would return home and see his family. He ended up staying with the Baloch for the greater part of his life, both in Balochistan and in exile in Afghanistan. The question of the Baloch struggle is as relevant today as it was four decades ago, as state oppression and persecution continues unabated. As such, Talpur continues to speak out against the perceptions created by the state narrative on Balochistan, and works to promote a better understanding of the basis for the s

Why politics is necessary for students : Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur November 26, 1967, is the foundation day of the Baloch Students’ Organization and it is now 49 years old. In the intervening years, it has seen a lot of ups and downs but has proved its mettle in the Baloch national struggle and remains as its vanguard, the nursery for the future Baloch leadership. Now it has to shoulder even more responsibilities: to educate, both politically and academically, the Baloch youth because the Pakistani establishment considers the politically-educated youth as the greatest threat to its exploitation and injustices in Balochistan. The BSO-Azad upholds its legacy faithfully. Baloch students and friends in Canada asked me write something on “Why politics is necessary for students”. What I wrote was read there at a seminar and here I am sharing it with you. Dear friends, fellow travelers, ladies and gentlemen: I have been asked by friends to say a few words on “Why politics is necessary for students”. N

Spy VS Spy Comment APRIL 17, 2017 BY  SPEARHEAD RESEARCH Kulbushan Yadav is a serving officer in the Indian Navy. He was arrested while on a false passport that identified him as ‘Patel’. After his arrest he confessed to being an agent of India’s intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) working under the cover of being a businessman based in the Iranian port Chabahar just 70 km’s down the coast from Pakistan’s Baluchistan. Chabahar is being developed by India for Iran. According to his confessional statement he had been tasked for creating a network to destabilise Pakistan internally with the primary, but not exclusive, focus on Baluchistan and Karachi—two areas that had seen a spate of violent terrorist attacks before Kulbushan Yadav was arrested and his network busted. Mr Yadav gave several personal and operational details that were quickly authenticated through a thorough investigation thereby establishing his credentials

9 Industrial Zones under CPEC to be set up in 3 years, Ahsan Iqbal By  Maheen Kanwal   on April 19, 2017 Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning & Development, has said that with the ownership of provincial governments, all proposed nine industrial zones under  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  would be completed in a period of two to three years. Federal Government announced a plan to  establish 29 SEZs in all four provinces , Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in November 2016. Federal Minister told Parliament that all the provinces are working for the successful implementation of the projects in energy and transport infrastructure sector. He said, “To take advantage of Pakistan’s natural resources, economic zones will be established under CPEC, one each in all the four provinces, FATA , Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, and two by the Federal Government in Islamabad Capital Territory and Port Qasim at Karachi”. What are SEZs ? The idea of SEZ first start

CONFRONTING CPEC CHALLENGES DITION ˅ Home  »  Columnists  » Oped COLUMNISTS Monday, 02 May 2016 |  Vinay Kaura  | in  Oped The Pakistan Army knows Beijing needs its full support to secure the China Pakistan Economic Corridoor , which is part of China’s larger One Belt One Road project. It will use this as a tool to further marginalise the already weak civilian Government of Nawaz Sharif    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a part of China’s transnational One Belt One Road initiative, is seen as an economic breakthrough for Pakistan. Huge stakes are involved. Trade, energy and geostrategic imperatives are driving both Pakistani and Chinese ambitions. The dominant thinking in Pakistan is that the CPEC, with a set of projects worth $46 billion currently under construction, will substantially improve Pakistan’s current fragile economic situation, as the project will bring about unprecedented changes in the lives of the people acro

Story of an American Baloch who spent 10 months in ISI dungeons April 19, 2017, 7:36 PM IST  Ahmar Mustikhan  in  Balochistan Insight   |   World   |  TOI   “My personal enmity is only with the ISI,” US citizen Afzal Bugti, 57, a successful businessman from Chicago, who went back to Pakistan, said. There were rumors that he had been abducted because of personal enmity when he vanished into thin air in May 2016, trackless. Bugti’s cardinal son: talking on the phone with his tribal chief, who is also his party chief, Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti in Geneva. “I am alive today simply because I am an American,” Bugti said on phone from Karachi. “For 10 long months I did not see the light of the day, when I was freed from the dungeon my eyes could not stand the day’s light.” Spooks of the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence descended on his apartment in uppe

Sleepy Pakistani Village Rises as China's Gateway to Middle East April 19, 2017 5:00 PM Nafisa Hoodbhoy Before a surge of Chinese investment, Gwadar was a nondescript fishing village. Parts of the town still look that way. (N. Hoodbhoy/VOA) Share GWADAR, PAKISTAN —  Over the last six months, the skyline over the sleepy fishing city of Gwadar has been transformed by machines that dredge the Arabian Sea and cranes that set up shipping berths in what is projected to become Pakistan’s biggest international port. Infrastructure developments have enabled the hammer-shaped Gwadar peninsula to emerge as the centerpiece of China’s determined effort to shorten its trade route to the Persian Gulf and obtain access to the rich oil reserves there. A mini-“Chinatown” has appeared, with prefabricated living quarters, a canteen and a karaoke center. After hours, the workers have the grounds to play their favorite game, badminton. A spokesman for the Chinese team