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Why India Needs A Balochistan Policy Jyotsna Mehra - Oct 12, 2017, 10:14 am     SNAPSHOT New Delhi should ascertain what Balochistan means to India and proceed to have a clear policy. The benefits of doing that are plenty, as secure borders will allow India to focus more significantly on its other major goals, including social and economic. It has been well over a year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the country frantically speculating over his (yet another) “unprecedented” move – his explicit invocation of the Baloch cause in his Independence Day address. Shortly thereafter, the situation picked up pace. India took the issue to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); All India Radio enhanced its Balochi service; and Baloch leaders started frequenting Indian prime-time news debates. Beyond India, the message was heard loud and clear as Baloch dissidents and nationalists hailed Modi’s speech as a long-awaited show of support to their m

AIOU To Provide Free Education To Students of Balochistan ISLAMABAD : Students of Balochistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) will get free education from spring 2018 through the distance learning system of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui made this announcement while addressing the National Conference on English language and Literature, which concluded here after a number of proposals were accepted in order to expand the knowledge-corridor of English learning. This is first-time that AIOU is offering free education at secondary-level for the people of marginalised or less-developed areas of the country. The two-day event was organised by the university’s department of English Language and Applied Linguistics in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The university has already been providing free education to the oft-neglected sections of the society, that in

Remembering the Rural Women of Balochistan on International Rural Women’s Day By: Sana Samad International Day of Rural Women is celebrated each year on October 15 in worldwide including Pakistan to raise awareness about the role of rural females who have an important role in developing the society and its economy. Educated women play essential role for the prosperity of any nation but the dilemma here is that rural women in Pakistan does not have rights of education as 36 percent of the rural females are literate which is far off the required literature women. The available statistic of education in Balochistan portray a bleak picture. Mostly education sector is neglected in rural areas, and the little available opportunities are only for the males. Another issue is that girls drop out of the school far before competition of their primary education. For higher education is remote and rural areas, there is lack of funding by the government. Though th

Railway tunnels of Balochistan   Last Updated On  16 October,2017  03:53 pm One of the tunnels was named 'Shela Baagh' by the British after a famous dancer of the time. Photo: Dunya News (Dunya News) - Built and named by the British government during the colonial era, the railway tunnels of Balochistan carved in the mountains of the province still stand erected in their original form. The project that began in 1879 for defence purposes continued for years because other than laying down railway tracks in areas that were hardly accessible, constructing tunnels over a hundred and fifty years ago was an almost impossible task. One of the tunnels was named  ‘ Shela Baagh ’  after a famous dancer of the time whose dance was what entertained the British builders during the construction period. A tunnel near the Dozan Railway Station in Bolan was named ‘Windy Corner’ because of the strong winds that blew in the area, while the Mary Jean Tunnel between Kolpur and Dozan go

No-go areas in Balochistan cleared, claims minister Saleem Shahid October 17, 2017 QUETTA: Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said on Monday that as a result of joint efforts by military and political leadership all no-go areas in Balochistan had been cleared. Speaking to under-training officers of the National Defence University, Islamabad, he said the government was taking steps to improve law and order, besides completing the development projects. Mr Bugti said that the law and order situation had improved to a great extent while efforts were under way to curb terrorism and extremism. He said that police, Levies, Frontier Corps and other law enforcement agencies were playing their role in restricting anti-Pakistan elements. The government, he said, was making recruitments in police and other departments on merit

America opposes CPEC October 17, 2017 The rift between the United States and China would invariably increase during the Trump Administration. So are ties between Pakistan and the US. On the other hand, these cracks are instead further warming up ties between Islamabad and Beijing. The latter would not join any Islamabad’s bashing on accusing it on terrorism. Beijing’s well understands Islamabad’s gigantic contribution on anti-terrorism. The Beijing-Washington ties are running up in the opposite directions. Much would be clear or even un-clear after the visit of President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing next month. After accusing Pakistan of Afghanistan’s instability and assigning a greater role to India together with alleging Islamabad for harboring terrorism, Washington also unexpectedly opposes the Chinese initiative of the development of the Belt and Road and its flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The T

Is the party over? ISLAMABAD : Although, the rumor mill has been running high for quite sometime about the premature removal of the present government, the plot now thickens triggering concerns among the civilian power players who used to laugh off such reports.    DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor though ruled out speculations of any unconstitutional move during Saturday’s press conference, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi spares no chance to remind that the technocrat government isn’t an answer to the problems plaguing Pakistan. He has done this thrice in a week.    Coming this from a person not less than prime minister makes it obvious the situation is not normal. What goes on behind the screen offers some indication how things are unfolding. A high-profile meeting took place sometime before the PM started lecturing on democracy.  It was between an influential figure of the establishment and an important office-bearer of the civilian set-up.

ISKP: another emerging giant? Mohammad Ali Babakhel October 16, 2017 The writer is a police officer WITH rapid pace, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is trying to fill the vacuum created by a fading Al Qaeda. ISKP’s increased presence in Afghanistan and its claiming responsibility for some terrorist acts, the declaration of allegiance to it by some Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) dissidents and the reported collaboration between ISKP and a few terrorist groups have increased insecurity. In the presence of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Afghanistan (Afghan Taliban), the Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), the Tariq Geedar Group and the Lashkar-i-Islam (LI), how did ISKP manage to attract militants into its fold and capture operational space? Why is this region a magnet for external narratives? Over the last few months, ISKP has increased its influence in Afghanistan and has been trying to develop a nexus with the JuA, the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami (LJA), and t

Daughters of Soil ( Balochistan )

Claudia Helderberg An eternal song sings in your veins means from the creation of the world of civilization at Mehrgarh Your nation which falls and falls In vein Your desparate calls From the disasters of nothingness you come In nothingness you walk day after day In search of lost wonders of your Culture The grave which is just your home on the endless path of desolation you roam The Stigma of Fear which is planted in your souls in daily septicemia here above the abyss from time and suffering and lost controls You carry the torch high And still close the ranks continue on your Long March on hard banks colorful garments there the cold military gray forced unit color opposite mere which soaks the landscape with hardness and steel and false tone and yet is set on sand and erosion Copyright Claudia Wädlich 2017