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Tribe tourism gaining momentum in Iran

Tourism November 4, 2020 - 18:5 Tribe tourism, also known as ethno-tourism or ethnic tourism, lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay. However, as the name implies, it’s a trip for recreational purposes rather than being an expedition for anthropological research. Over the past couple of years, this branch of tourism has gained a lot of support and attention in the country by both the government and the private sector, as well as sightseers and local communities. Each month, several tribal festivals are held across the country. Moreover, tens of collective tours bring visitors to experience life among the tribespeople. Many tour operators believe that tribal regions could be deemed as the legacy of human authenticity in its novel cultural and human aspects. In Iranian culture, literature, and public opinion, nomads have always been a proud part of the nation. Iranian nomads surprise visitors with the digni

What It Means to Be Black and South Asian

Afro-Pakistani experiences show that anti-Blackness is a global struggle Iman Sultan Oct 19 · 8 min read Hina Yaqoob with her cousin, Mahnoor Hussain, 16. Photos: Iman Sultan W hen Tanzeela Qambrani became the chairperson of her local council in Matli, a town in southern Pakistan, she never anticipated opposition from members of her own political party. A finance consultant with the Asian Development Bank, who hails from a family of activists, Qambrani was more than qualified for the job. After Qambrani’s predecessor died from cancer, th e  41-year-old mother of two became a councillor, and in 2018, was handpicked by the People’s Party as a local chairperson. The decision triggered fresh resentment in other politicians, who saw Qambrani’s success as rising above her station, and tried to get her removed from her post by contacting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of the slain Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister. When that didn’t work, Qambrani alleges they tried to br

In Pakistan’s restive Baloch region, encounters with classical poetry, Doris Day and Tagore

BOOK EXCERPT Journalist Declan Walsh recounts meeting Nawab Akbar Bugti, the renowned leader of the Baloch insurgency. Declan Walsh Oct 23, 2020 · 08:30 am Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a Pakistani military operation in 2006. | Courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing. It was Balochistan’s fifth uprising since 1947, and everyone agreed it was the worst. Schoolchildren refused to sing Pakistan’s national anthem; university students burned their books on Pakistani history; and on 14 August, Independence Day, Baloch nationalists hung black flags outside their doors. Despite its low profile, it seemed a consequential conflict – another quivering strand of Pakistan’s DNA that threatened to pull the country apart. How did it get so bad? One answer was offered by a grandiloquent Baloch chieftain – a tribal aesthete, poetry lover and insufferable snob whom I had met six years earlier, in the course of an unusual English lesson. ADVERTISEMENT An elderly tribesman with kindly eyes and a dagger tucked int

First lesson in Pakistan schools: Hindus are kafirs, Jews enemies of Islam

IANS  |  Updated: Oct 16, 2020, 18:49 IST NEW DELHI: As a political analyst, researcher and president of the Paris-based NGO Baloch Voice Association, Munir Mengal has been lobbying for the rights of Baloch people for several years now. The activist in him never misses an opportunity to speak his heart out at a world forum to expose the gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Pakistani government and military in Balochistan. Yesterday, at United Nations Geneva-in the meeting of the 18th Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action-the Baloch representative told the Working Group about how schools in Pakistan are feeding anti-Hindu hatred and also hostility against the Jews. "Mr.  Chairperson , I used to go to school in a very high-standard, state-run Army school called  the Cadet College . The first lesson taught to us was that Hindus are kafirs (a pejorative and derogatory term usually us

CPEC is the future of both Pakistan and Balochistan

*Click the Title above to view complete article on 1 day ago Dr Jumma Khan Marri       The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is generally described as a game changer for Pakistan and Balochistan. But in my reckoning, CPEC is much more than that. In the long-term perspective, CPEC is the future of Balochistan in the same way as Balochistan is the future of Pakistan. It is time the Pakistan government gave Balochistan the importance and attention it deserves. The province holds immense mineral and agricultural resources but its development has long been neglected by successive governments. Needless to say, a well-coordinated long-term development plan for the utilization of its natural resources will not only herald a new era of prosperity for Balochistan but also transform the economic future of Pakistan. Balochistan has long been neglected. Especially, its rural hinterland and vast expanses of virgin land have remained starved of any organised effort for e

‘CPEC rapidly laying foundation for Pakistan’s industrial development’

  BEIJING:  The projects implemented under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will not only benefit certain areas but also development in Pakistan, commented China Radio International (CRI) Urdu on Sunday. “The way in which the CPEC projects have been implemented over the past five years and the results that have emerged show that the purpose of building up CPEC is not to benefit certain areas, but to promote development in Pakistan,” the CRI Urdu said of the progress made in the construction of CPEC projects. The Urdu service stated that the infrastructure, construction of industries and the elimination of energy shortages will provide an environment for Pakistan according to its resources, which will also benefit the people of Pakistan and guarantee a bright future. The Orange Line Metro train in Lahore is the first electric public transport project, the introduction of which not only increased travel facilities for