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Humanity at stake in Balochistan

Abdullah Abbas  February 28, 2018 Opinion In the middle of the night of October 28, 2017, I received a call from one of my colleagues in the Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO), a group working to highlight human rights abuses in Balochistan. It was unusual to receive a call from Pakistan directly on my mobile phone. Our colleagues there would usually use free calling apps to avoid being billed, or more precisely, being tracked by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies always eager to hunt down human rights campaigners from Balochistan. “Nawaz jaan too has been taken away,” his voice shivered. I was trying to figure out what did that mean when the voice echoed again. “Nawaz Atta has been abducted by secret agents in a raid on his house”. And the call disconnected. Earlier the same night, I was discussing with Nawaz Atta about our research and documentation of the Internally Disappeared Persons caught in military operations across Balochistan. It was so difficult to believe that a fu

Public Diplomacy :LESSONS FROM NATO

LESSONS FROM NATO Feb 27, 2018   The first issue of  CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy  this year is an article by 2015-17 CPD Research Fellow  Barbora Maronkova . "From Crawling to Walking: Progress in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Public Diplomacy: Lessons Learned from NATO," looks at the evolving evaluation and measurement practices of NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. Maronkova's essay delves into the organizational restructuring within NATO that merged the Office of Information and Press and the Science for Peace Program, as a means to address challenges in communication and public diplomacy. This issue also marks the first in the  Perspectives  series with Guest Editor  Vivian S. Walker , a past contributor to the series on such topics as Russian disinformation campaigns in Georgia and re-framing state narratives on terror. "This paper detailing efforts to raise awareness about and generate trust in the NATO alliance illustrates that all too ra

Dr Bengali asks Rs7 trillion uplift package for Balochistan for 20 years Karachi 9 HOURS AGO BY PPI Share this on WhatsApp KARACHI :  Former advisor to Balochistan chief minister Dr Kaiser Bengali said on Tuesday that a comprehensive development package worth Rs7 trillion by the federal government should be announced for Balochistan for the next 20 years with amendments in the existing electoral system to end injustices meted to the province for the last 70 years He expressed these views at the launching ceremony of his book “A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan” organized by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) at Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi. Dr Bengali said a large scale assets transfer has been happening rapidly from Balochistan to other parts of the country especially in Sui gas. Karachi and Lahore were developed from the gas of Balochistan, but the province did not receive gas till