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Are we ignoring the political dynamics in Balochistan?

Last month, Balochistan saw a strange bit of political theatre whose echoes reverberated in the corridors of power in Islamabad and Lahore. For a province neglected by the mainstream media and a people numbed by more than a decade of ethnic and sectarian violence, it presented a tragicomic distraction. The …

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The World Baloch Organization is on a Mission to Illuminate and Eradicate Pakistan’s Human Rights Abuses

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D., Contributor Psychotherapist, Author, TV commentator/Host You may never have heard of The World Baloch Organization (WBO), but they are hoping that will soon change. The WBO is a human rights organization that lobbies against the human rights abuses committed by the Pakistan military and intelligence agencies against …

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Why Balochistan has become a thorn in Pakistan’s crown

MANOJ JOSHI On Saturday, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), the so-called kings’ party of the Musharraf era, took over as chief minister of Balochistan along with a 14-member cabinet. He is the third chief minister in four and a half years. Bizenjo replaced Sanaullah Zehri of …

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CPEC: “Iron Brothers,” Unequal Partners

Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran Serious differences have come to the fore between China and Pakistan over the $60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting at Islamabad in November 2017, China announced its decision to suspend funding for at least three …

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Responding to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor challenge

Given the challenges that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is facing, India will need to do much more to provide an effective counter-narrative The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been attracting a lot of attention lately and for all the wrong reasons. Pakistan has reportedly rejected China’s offer of assistance for the …

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What does the next phase of CPEC look like?

Almost all provincial, regional govts have submitted feasibility studies, except Balochistan. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE JCC? By: Khaleeq Kiani The two-day Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) sets the stage for the second phase of the multibillion-dollar cooperation between the two nations. It …

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گلگت بلتستان میں انسانی حقوق کی خلاف ورزیاں: تفصیلی جائزہ

شیر نادرشاہی اقوامِ متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی نے دس دسمبر 1947 کو دنیا بھر میں انسانی حقوق کے حوالے سے ایک قرارداد منظور کی جس کو انسانی حقوق کا عالمی منشور کہا جاتا ہے، اس قرارداد کو دنیا بھر سے تقریباً تمام ممالک کے نمائندوں ، قانونی ماہرین اور انسانی …

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Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why. How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along? Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance. …

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A modern history of Iran

Abbas Amanat looks at the role that cultural, literary and intellectual ideas have played in Iran’s interpretations of political and clerical authority Iran: A Modern History. By Abbas Amanat. Yale University Press; 1,000 pages; $40. To be published in Britain in January; £30. ABBAS AMANAT is an authority on Iranian …

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U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan

The Pentagon is spinning its wheels in Afghanistan, continuing a questionable counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy because, quite literally, it knows that it won’t work, but cannot think of anything else to do. It will not succeed because the U.S. and NATO will never regain the military dominance the alliance had …

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