23 July 2014

Acid attacks on women in Balochistan

Courtesy: The Balochistan point

The restive province of Balochistan is always in the news for the wrong reasons. This time it’s the acid attacks on women by masked savages. Last Monday, miscreants sprayed acid on the faces of four women outside a shopping center in outskirts of Quetta. Less than 24 hours had passed and two more girls were attacked with Acid in Mastung district of Balochistan. Both the incidents of barbarity took place outside shopping centers. These brutal acts are condemnable in strongest possible words and the perpetrators can’t be called humans.

20 July 2014

Rejection of National Languages Bill

Courtesy: The Balochistan Point

Last Wednesday a very regrettable development took place inside the parliament Building. The standing committee of National Assembly on Law and Justice rejected a bill moved by Ms. Marvi Memon. The bill demanded granting; Balochi, Brahvi, Balti, Pushto, Punjabi, Shina, Sindhi, Seraiki, Hindko and Urdu the status of National Languages. The bill has called for formation of National Language commission to develop standards for selection of more national languages in Future. This has been the demand of people of smaller provinces, especially Balochistan, from a long time. The bill was a great effort by PML-N MNA Marvi Memon but it was torpedoed by irresponsible members of the committee. 

17 July 2014

Demand of complete Audit of 2013 elections

Courtesy: The Balochistan Point

Chairman of PTI and the main opposition figure in Pakistan, Imran Khan, has demanded a complete audit of 2013 general elections. Previously, he was demanding audit of votes in four national assembly constituencies only. Imran Khan has cited the example of Afghanistan while making the demand of full-fledged election audit.

15 July 2014

The Ignorance about Balochistan

Courtesy: Laaltain Magazine

Balochistan is the most ignored province of Pakistan in every walk of life. It grabs media attention mostly on those issues which are important for the ruling elite of Pakistan. Such issues range from the appointment of Arsalan Iftikhar at an important position to the installation of coal fired power plants in Balochistan that will produce electricity for Punjab. However, when it comes to the issues which affect the people of Balochistan, the media conveniently stands hushed. Due to the policies adopted by the state for last 67 years, Balochistan has been marginalized while people from other provinces, especially from Punjab, have very little knowledge about this province.

14 July 2014

Book Review: Balochistan - Its Politics and Economics

Courtesy: The Balochistan Point

A lot of books have been written about Balochistan. Most of them were about politics or tribal society and in Urdu Pre-dominantly. There has not been much work about Economics of Balochistan and that in English. Balochistan: It’s Politics and Economics is a unique book in sense that it focuses on economic situation of Balochistan. This book has been authored by Siddique Baloch who is a veteran Journalist and currently Editor-in-Chief of Daily Azadi and Daily Balochistan Express. This book has been published by Gosha-e-Adab Quetta.