Balochistan

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

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 […]

Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

By Adnan Aamir, Freelance Researcher, Analyst and Columnist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) has been hailed as a revolutionary step of the Balochistan chief minister by many analysts. QUETTA — The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) is an autonomous organization established in 2013 to provide research-based policy support to the Balochistan government. A discovery of errors in its recent publications and structural flaws prove that CMPRU needs reforms. On December 8, 2014 CMPRU launched a set of publications that it has […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Balochistan, Pakistan, Politics
Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

By Mir Behram Baloch, Journalist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Balochistan faces massive education challenges to encourage nearly two million children to return to school. QUETTA —1.8 million children in Balochistan are out of school, said Sardar Raza Barech, education advisor to Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan on Monday. Mr. Barech made the revelation while speaking at a program titled “Education Governance” that was organized by Mishal Pakistan in Quetta Press Club. According to Barech there are 800 high schools and 1,165 middle schools in […]

Dera Bugti: The One Town We Missed

Dera Bugti: The One Town We Missed

By Beauragh Baloch, Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Dera Bugti is a no-go zone in Balochistan, which has escaped media coverage for years. I would not start my article by writing where Dera Bugti exists on the map, because if I do so, you might abandon the article from the start. After reading the line in the starter you might say “Uh, what does that suppose to mean?” This is 99 percent of the time true that whenever an article or news comes […]

New Education Challenges in Balochistan

New Education Challenges in Balochistan

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

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 […]

Why Pakistan’s Richest Province Remains Backward

Why Pakistan’s Richest Province Remains Backward

By Zareen Dashti, Law Student
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Despite an abundance of precious resources, Balochistan remains backward due to our incompetent leadership. Balochistan, Pakistan’s wealthiest province containing giant deposits of gold, copper, gas, marble and other natural resources, remains underdeveloped. The people living in the province are economically backward and illiterate. Even in some places the people can’t get clean water to drink. Moreover, Balochistan possesses tremendous potential of metallic and non-metallic minerals. About 90 percent of coal is being taken form Balochistan […]

Reko Diq Gold Mines: A Complicated Matter

Reko Diq Gold Mines: A Complicated Matter

By Adnan Aamir, Freelance Researcher, Analyst and Columnist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

As the drama related to Reko Diq unfolds, the poor and deprived people of Balochistan remain hopeful that the precious resources will be used to their benefit. Reko Diq is a town located in the Chagai district of Pakistan. This town contains gold and cooper reserves which are estimated to value over $260 billion. In 1993, the exploration and extraction license of these mines were given to Tethyan Copper Company (TCC). In 2011, Government of […]

December 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Balochistan, Business, Economics, Pakistan