The other side of the story

China in Balochistan: CPEC and the Shifting Security Landscape of Pakistan

CPEC Monday, January 8th, 2018 12:20 am 424 Reads

By Harrison Akins

Graduate Research Fellow Howard,  H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee

In 1962, Henry Kissinger, then serving as a consultant for the National Security Council, was dispatched by President Kennedy on a fact finding mission to Pakistan, a Cold War ally. During his visit, a reporter probed him for the U.S. position on the recent Baloch insurgency. Dr. Kissinger infamously responded: “I wouldn’t recognize the Balochistan problem if it hit me in the face.”

Kissinger’s display of ignorance on Balochistan has unfortunately been a common theme for …

The striking coherence

hyrbyair-marri Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 06:20 pm 242 Reads

By Shahdad Baloch

The frequent concerns of Baloch national leader Hyrbyair Marri were confirmed when the president of United States of America Mr Donald Trump officially announced his policy on South Asia. The emergence of Donald Trump as the president of the USA and Hyrbyair Marri as the leader of the Baloch nation has entirely changed the dimensions of the politics of South Asia. Terrorism, safe havens for terrorists, the necessity of other nations in policy making, has been the bold points of Mr Marri since decades but the civilised world …

A reply to Nodan Baloch’s baseless accusations

Lies-v-Truth Saturday, December 30th, 2017 11:27 pm 218 Reads

By Shahdad Baloch

On 24 and 25 December, Balochistan Times and The Balochistan Post respectively published an opinion piece by Nodan Baloch which read more like a hate piece and a smear campaign than anything else. Publishing this piece was obviously an endorsement by the editors of the two web portals. This following piece is a reply to Nodan’s allegations. I will not get into a blame game and name people but will try to educate the readers about vision and struggle of Hyrbyair Marri in my words and how I see it.

The writer also …

Is Chinese Militarization Of Pakistan Beginning?

Pak-China Saturday, December 16th, 2017 01:13 pm 211 Reads
By Lawrence Sellin
Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve
According to a December 12, 2017 Urdu-language news site report, during a high-level meeting presumably between Chinese and Pakistani officials held on the last day of the November Chinese Economic Summit in Hong Kong, China offered to train Pakistani security forces to protect both the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan and the Chinese nationals working on them. That follows a September 17, 2017 official CPEC announcement, whereby China would “assist” Pakistan in “capacity building” of “civil armed forces.”

At …

The unjust decision of Swiss government

slide_6 Monday, December 11th, 2017 11:45 pm 400 Reads

By Riaz Naseer Baloch

The Baloch nation is facing human rights violations and abuses since the forcible and illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan on 27 March 1948. There has been variation in the Pakistani military and ‘democratic government’ atrocities in Balochistan but from past 15 years Pakistani forces barbaric acts have intensified and worsened.

Pakistan has kept a total media blackout in Balochistan and misguided and misinformed about what’s happening in Balochistan. So far, no international human rights delegation or NGO’s have not visited Balochistan. Neither has issued any comprehensive report …

BLA: A beckon of hope

File Photo Friday, December 8th, 2017 12:02 am 302 Reads

By Shahdad Baloch

What most often weighs down a cause and bring misery is the past mistakes, repetitions of tried formulas, and memory of old victories and defeats. The failures became fate when the war in the present age is most often fought with obsolete tactics – this symbolises that change with the passage of time is inevitable. Waging a guerrilla war means recognising the enemy and its strength first, and gain your surprise victory by creating multidimensional problems for the enemy.

The term guerilla war in Spanish called as “small war”, …

50 years of BSO’s struggle

BSO50year Thursday, November 30th, 2017 11:44 pm 237 Reads

By Riaz Naseer Baloch

On 26 November 2017 Baloch Students Organisation has completed 50 years in Baloch students’ politics. BSO has a magnificent symbolic role in Baloch revolutionary struggle. BSO’s comrades always stand for Baloch and Balochistan national rights on each and every platform. BSO is believed to be the mother organisation of modern Baloch national liberation struggle. BSO has played a primitive role for social equality, justice and freedom. BSO has also played the main role in student’s educational rights and uniting Baloch students in educational institutions.

Let’s have a brief …

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Editorials

The Collective Punishment in Balochistan...

gomazi_malant_operation-n5Saturday, December 16th, 2017 10:45 am

“No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage…

Baloch Martyrs Day...

Nado4Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 02:33 am

The Baloch nation at home and abroad observes on 13 November of every year as the National Remembrance Day (Baloch Martyrs Day) to commemorate the struggle and sacrifice of Khan…

The QDA land grabbing mafia brutalities in New Kahan...

QDA2Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 10:11 am

The Pakistan army, representatives of Pakistan at Balochistan assembly and the QDA (Quetta Development Authorities) mafia headed by GD Imran Zarkoon and wing commander Pakistan FC Usman have started demolishing…

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