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Prominent rights activist killed shortly after hosting a talk on Balochistan at her Karachi cafe

Sabeen Saturday, April 25th, 2015 12:50 am 98 Reads

Karachi, PAKISTAN – Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead, shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s “disappeared people”, in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera.

Mahmud, 40, was the director of T2F [The Second Floor], a café and arts space that has been a mainstay of Karachi’s activists since it opened its doors in 2007. She was one of the country’s most outspoken human rights advocates.

Mahmud was shot four times at close range, with bullets going through her shoulder, …

Balochistan: Military operations and abductiond, kill and dump policy of state continues unabated

Dasht_operation Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 02:42 am 121 Reads

At least five bullet-ridden bodies of previously abducted Baloch including three newlywed grooms were found dumped in Gwarjek and Turbat on Tuesday as military operations continue in different areas of Balochistan.

According to details Pakistan forces conducted simultaneous military operations in different areas of Balochistan including Pasni, Dasht, Sinjavi, Jafarabad and Hub Chowki and abducted several innocent Baloch.

The bullet-ridden bodies found in Gwarjek area of Mashkay Balochistan were identified as that of newlywed Ijaz s/o Fazal, his brother Aftab s/o Fazal also newlywed, Basit s/o Lal Baksh, and newlywed Shah Nawaz s/o …

Pakistan to use US weapons in fight against India and secular Baloch: Haqqani

Haqqani Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 12:19 am 51 Reads

The nearly USD one billion worth of attack helicopters, missiles and other defense equipment being sold to Pakistan by the US will end up being used in the fight against India instead of being deployed against jihadists, according to a former Pakistani diplomat.

Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said the Obama administration’s decision to sell US-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will “fuel conflict in South Asia without fulfilling the objective of helping the country fight Islamist extremists.”

“Pakistan’s failure to tackle its jihadist challenge …

Balochistan: Pakistan military kills previously abducted Baloch in a staged encounter

pakistan-army Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 02:29 am 156 Reads

Pakistani security forces have conducted a military operation in Gebon area of Turbat Balochistan on Monday and claimed to have killed at least thirteen people who they allege were involved in an attack and killing of 20 FWO workers in Turbat.

On the other hand the Baloch political organisations and relatives of Baloch missing person have rejected the government’s claims and said that victims were previously abducted persons and were killed in a staged firefight.

According to details the military sieged several houses in Gebon region of Turbat Balochistan a day after …

Balochistan: Pakistan military plans ‘Grand Operation’ in Makuran

Malik Monday, April 13th, 2015 01:41 am 94 Reads

Pakistan military and other security forces have announced to conduct a grand military operation in Makuran region of Balochistan and have ordered the local population to vacate the area.

The operation was announced after a high level security meeting held in Quetta headed of Chief Minister Doctor Malik and a number of Pakistani security forces official.

According to sources the military and Para-military forces have announced to deploy of 3000 additional troops, 10 gunship helicopters, armoured vehicles, and ambulances in the region to improve the ‘law and security’ situation.

Pakistani TV channels and …

Baloch activists to start Anti-Nuclear weapons awareness campaign against Pakistan

Anti_Nuclear Friday, April 10th, 2015 12:09 am 123 Reads

Pro-freedom Baloch activists including Baloch national leader Hyrbyair Marri have announced to start an ‘Anti-Nuclear awareness campaign from 19 April till 28 May, 2015. Baloch nation has been observing 28 May as a ‘Black Day’ since 1998 when Pakistan tested its nuclear bombs in Chaghai Mountains in Balochistan.

The first event in this series of protests against Pakistan’s nuclear tests and Human Rights violations in Balochistan will be held in Germany on 19 April where pro-freedom Baloch activists will organise a protest and distribute leaflets to highlight the Pakistani military aggression against …

LUMS ‘forced’ to cancel moot on Balochistan

censored-unsilencing-balochistan Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 09:13 pm 154 Reads

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Wednesday was reportedly forced to cancel a scheduled talk on Thursday evening featuring Baloch human rights activist Mama Qadeer, Pakistan Today has learnt.

Abdul Qadeer Baloch, known as Mama Qadeer, is the founder of a group working for information on people who have “disappeared” during the long-running conflict between the government and Baloch separatist movements.

A talk, ‘Un-silencing Balochistan’ was scheduled at the university featuring guest speakers Mama Qadeer, activist Mohammed Ali Talpur, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director IA Rehman, Secretary General Voice …

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