23 February 2015

Unfulfilled Promises: Earthquake victims of Awaran still await help

The people of Balochistan are marred with all kinds of problems, ranging from the perpetually deteriorating law and order situation, to the massive load shedding of electricity. While the issues continue to pile on top of another, some say that Balochistan’s government is slowly losing its capacity to tackle them.

While the reality is bleak for the average Baloch, the situation is much worse for the victims of the 2013 earthquake that left the people of Awaran district utterly helpless.

22 February 2015

Balochistan: No Woman No Politics

Courtesy: The News on Sunday

Empowerment of women is a barometer for development of any society. Over the course of the last few decades, some progress has been made in creating political space for women in Balochistan. However, the composition of cabinet and elections for local bodies indicate a shrinking space for women in the politics of Balochistan.

21 February 2015

In the Name of Educational Emergency

Courtesy: The Nation

According to reports of Educational awareness groups, 2.3 million children are out of school in Balochistan. Literacy rate of the province is a mere 39 percent. In order to increase literacy rate in the province, current government led by Dr. Malik Baloch imposed an educational emergency. Educational budget was increased to 26% of the total budget which is higher than all other provinces. On the face of it all the steps of Balochistan government seem commendable, but a thorough analysis proves that most steps are futile and meant for face saving only.

20 February 2015

Citizenship for Afghan immigrants in Balochistan

Courtesy: The News

Balochistan is facing a variety of problems, one of which is the influx of Afghan immigrants. One of the most serious problems in this regard is the issue of hundreds of thousands of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to immigrants in Balochistan. This is a very serious problem because it will result in a change in demographics and convert the Baloch majority of Balochistan into a minority.

17 February 2015

Avoid Shifting Of Quetta Bus Stands To Hazar Ganji

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan and the only metropolitan city of the province. People from all corners of Balochistan visit Quetta for official business, treatment in hospitals and shopping. Bus services from all the districts of Balochistan transport passengers to Quetta on daily basis. Buses from Baloch belt are parked at a make-shift bus stand in Musa colony on Sariab Road. Pashtun belt buses are parked at a similar make-shift arrangement on Spiny road. In 1990s, idea of a bus stand out of Quetta city in Hazar Ganji areas was floated. A bus stand was constructed but it failed due to lack of proper connecting transport facilities with Quetta city. Now, again efforts are being made to shift the bus stands of Quetta to Hazar Ganji.