Domestic media in Pakistan and international media omit proper coverage of the plight of Baloch missing persons. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an association of peaceful protest formed by the families of those missing, claims there are 18,000 unsolved cases of missing persons. Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest of its four administrative provinces, is a resource-rich territory where thousands of innocent Baloch civilians and political activists have allegedly been abducted since President Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Locals […]
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Pakistan must do a better job ensuring the protection of journalists in 2015. On Jan. 7, a gruesome terrorist attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris resulted in the murder of 12 people including a police officer, cartoonist and journalists. The response in pursuit of the suspects started within just a few minutes after the incident. It was condemned wholly worldwide and the newspapers declared this one of the biggest cowardly acts on […]
Dedicated to a daughter of a missing person The clay made-dreams of a kid Grow flowery spikes in each remembrance Ever since you promised for a gift Why don’t you come back shortly? She has waited, waiting and will wait In every single jiffy of absurd reminiscences, She made a castle with a shabby walls around She has bade all her friends once And now calling them over As she dreamt your entrance in preceding […]
Balochistan faces serious education challenges as youth quit school to protest the enforced disappearances of their family members. Cases of Baloch missing persons have gone unresolved since 2001. In an unprecedented march on October 27, 2013, 71-year-old Mama Qadeer Baloch led a grueling long march from Balochistan’s capital Quetta to Karachi, and finally to Islamabad. This march was documented by the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) for the safe release of thousands of Baloch […]
Will these education advocates receive the same prestige like Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for risking their lives for equal education? Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani education advocate, has been awarded the Noble Peace Prize in Oslo. She, along with her fellow 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi from India, received the award for championing education and children’s rights. Female education is being threatened in Pakistan and Afghanistan ever since the horrific 9/11 attacks. […]
If this lax security remains the school attack on Tuesday will not be the last time the Taliban strike at civilian targets in Pakistan. Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed into a military-run school in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan on Tuesday, killing scores of teachers and schoolchildren. Fighting almost an eight-hour gun battle with the security forces, the Taliban killed at least 145 people. An attack on an army-run school on this scale is unheard of, […]
Chief Minister and Governor of Balochistan praise the life and achievements of poet Gul Khan Naseer at a two-day international seminar in Quetta. Gul Khan Naseer, a notable poet who wrote in Balochi, Brahvi and Urdu, authored many books on history and collections of poetry. He passed away in in 1983. In commemorating Naseer’s achievements, Balochistan’s Department of Culture Tourism and Archives held an international seminar from December 5-6 at the Serina Hotel in Quetta, […]