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Long march to protest “state terrorism” and the “disappeared” of Balochistan

admin Posted on 2014/2/14 2:39:10 ( 528 reads )

by Carol Anne Grayson

The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) began their first phase of a peaceful “Long March” against enforced disappearances on October 27th 2013. Protesters embarked on a 730 km emotional journey from Quetta to Karachi, Pakistan, where they demonstrated in front of the Karachi Press Club on November 23rd.

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A black hole for media in Balochistan

admin Posted on 2014/2/5 2:10:00 ( 618 reads )

By Karlos Zurutuza
Journalists face major difficulties in reporting from Pakistan's troubled southwestern province.
London, United Kingdom - "It is, by far, Pakistan's most hermetic province, even more than several among the tribal areas," said Pau Miranda, a correspondent for Spain's EFE news agency. "Being caught in Balochistan without permission almost means being automatically expelled from the country."

Miranda, who has been based in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, since 2009, was only able to set foot in restive Balochistan after last September's earthquake in what he described as "a very rare occasion to travel south".

Balochistan is Pakistan's biggest yet least populated province, sharing borders with Iran and Afghanistan. The territory, roughly the size of France, boasts enormous reserves of gold, gas and copper, as well as untapped sources of oil and uranium. In addition, Balochistan has enormous strategic importance as a hub for future oil and gas pipelines and for its 1,000km coast at the gates of the Gulf.

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“When crimes become invisible”

admin Posted on 2014/1/31 3:27:56 ( 461 reads )

Written by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

A mass grave was discovered in Tootak, Khuzdar on the 25th January by a shepherd after which the locals converged there to recover bodies. The number of the bodies found, which the middle class government representatives are at pains to limit to 13, while reports filtering out put the number at around 150 and more. Even a Supreme Court (SC) judge said the number is 25. The numbers aside what this supposedly representative government fails to understand is that even a single body is one too many but then this government like that of the previous one is more concerned about surviving rather than serving the people.

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Narrative of silence and deception

admin Posted on 2014/1/17 10:10:30 ( 518 reads )

By Ayesha Siddiqa

The long march of the Voice for Baloch Missing Person does not seem to attract a lot of attention.

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Mohammad Hanif on the Media and Baloch Long March

admin Posted on 2014/1/17 10:08:38 ( 367 reads )

An Interview by Asif Magsi

Cross posted from Naked Punch

Below we present a transcript of an interview carried out by phone with writer and jounalist Mohammad Hanif.

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