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Changing Contours of Baloch Nationalist Movement

Abstract Since early 2000 Balochistan is yet again embroiled in a cobweb of violence. The presence of rudimentary representative institutions during the democratic interlude in the 1990s had afforded a semblance of medium to nationalist elites to articulate their grievances within the institutional mould. However, the abrupt rupture of institutionalised medium in concomitance with a repressive state apparatus during the dictatorial regime of General Pervez Musharraf signified not only the emergence of violent politics as the medium of contestation but a paradigmatic shift in the morphology, objectives and geography of the Baloch nationalist movement. Resultantly, current movement differs from many of its iterations in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This paper attempts to identify such diacritical markers. It argues that the present movement is undergoing a process of leadership transformation with the participation of young and more articulate middle class setting off a process of „de-triba

Call for Afghanistan Unity from Najib's Daughter

افغانستان کے سایق صدر شہید ڈاکٹر نجیب اللہ کی بیٹی اور افغانستان کی ابھرتی ہوئی سیاستدان ہیلہ نجیب نے افغان حکومت کو افغان مصالحتی مشن کو نتیجہ خیز بنانے کےلیے تجاویز پیش کی ہیں ۔۔۔۔۔۔ ہیلہ نجیب نے اپنے کتاب جو انگریزی زبان میں ہے " صلح اور معاشرتی سلجھاو " لکھا ہے کہ اپنے والد کے قومی مصالحت کے ادھورے مشن کی تکمیل چاہتی ہیں جو اس وقت داخلی اختلافات پڑوسی ملکوں کے عدم دلچسپی اور امریکی مخالفت کی وجہ سے کامیاب نہ ہوسکی ہیلہ نجیب کے خیال میں پڑوسی ملکوں پاکستان ایران روس اور چین کے ساتھ ساتھ امریکہ کو بہی اپنا کردار ادا کرنا ہوگا داخلی طور پر تمام مزاحمتی گروپوں کو امن عمل میں شریک کیے بغیر پایدار امن کا خواب پورا نہیں ہوسکتا ہر افغان کو قایل کرنا ہوگا کہ بہت خون بہہ چکا بہت تباہی ہوچکی اب انیوالے نسل کےلیے امن بھای چارے اور برداشت کے سوا کوی اپشن نہیں بچا ہیلہ نجیب کہتی ہیں انکے شہید والد نے روسی فوج کے انخلا سے دو سال پہلے قومی مصالحت اور امن مشن کا اغاز کیا تھا اور انکی خواہش تھی کہ غیر ملکی فوج کے انخلا کے بعد افغانستان میں مزید خون ریزی کا خاتمہ ہو لیکن داخلی انتشار پڑوسی

Africa Digest by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri 

Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri  Distinguished Fellow, Ananta  Aspen Centre   Foreign Editor, The Hindustan Times                                                                                               SEPTEMBER 2017 | VOL 01 ISSUE 04| MONTHLY   HIGHLIGHTS • India and Japan Move towards Growth Corridor • South Africa’ s Gupta Brothers Scandal  • Togo’s Inadvertent Internet Experiment     India and Japan Move towards Growth Corridor     India and Japan moved towards officially breaking ground for the proposed Asia Africa Growth Corridor during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to India. In their joint statement issued on 14th  September, the two governments spoke of working together to build connectivity in the Indo-Pacific and Africa. The statement said the two sides “welcomed the efforts to explore the development of industrial corridors and industrial network for the growth of Asia and Africa, which will benefit various stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region

UNGA : Experts happy with India's performance

Rahul Gandhi caught lying in a speech in Gujarat

Good job OpIndia 👍 By OpIndia Staff Posted on September 26, 2017 Congress scion Rahul Gandhi has a penchant for fake news. In 2015, Rahul had estimated the cost of Modi’s suit to be Rs 10 lakhs, in one of his speeches,  which was pure lie . This had then become a statement of fact for all his sycophants. Today, he has added one more lie to his repertoire. This lie shows that not only is Rahul Gandhi not updated with the facts, but even his lies are extremely outdated and well-debunked. Almost 2 years ago, in October 2015, in a rather sensational news break, Outlook  claimed  that L&T, had given the work of constructing the statue to a Chinese Foundry. The article mocked Modi’s “Make in India” campaign, by branding the Patel statue as “Made in China”. We at had debunked this story then and there itself. An L & T spokesperson, had outright denied the story: The statue obviously will be built at the site itself at Sadhu Bet (near the Sardar Sarovar Dam). This

ISIS is Growing in Pakistan

ISIS is Growing in Pakistan LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 10:58 AM 09/26/2017 The common thread in the growth of Islamic extremism in Pakistan is its four decade official policy to  harness  Sunni militancy to suppress ethnic separatism and religious diversity domestically and advance its regional interests, particularly against Hindu India, Shia Iran and the perceived threat posed by Pashtun nationalism in Afghanistan. Coupled to that is the tendency for Islamic extremist groups to splinter in their search for purer and ever more intolerant forms of Sunni Islam or simply fragment through tribal disputes and internal power struggles. All of those elements are now operating within an environment where Sunni militancy is no longer completely under Pakistani government control. The onset and growth of ISIS in Pakistan are natural consequences of those factors and whose presumed leader, Shafiq-ur-R

What do Yazidis make of Kurdish independence? Martyn Aim/IRIN ERBIL, 19 September 2017      Tom Westcott   Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor  Author Note Part of an in-depth IRIN series exploring the challenges facing Kurdish people throughout the Middle East as Iraqi Kurds vote on independence Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum hangs on tenterhooks, with Iraq’s prime minister  promising military intervention  should Monday’s vote lead to violence, the US, UK, and  UN   urging  Kurdish leaders not to move forward, and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s parliament  voting  to do just that. With much of society apparently in two minds about the referendum,  especially its timing , one group the authorities long believed they could count on for a “yes” vote was the Yazidis, a Kurdish minority singled out by so-called Islamic State for especially cruel treatment in a campaign the UN has  deemed   genocide .

FreeBalochistan posters rattled Swiss Pak relationship

Sitrep | Arjan Singh laid foundations of 1971 Victory ‘Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh’s strategic vision, foresight and hard work provided the framework for the strategic victory in 1971’ The then Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh visiting the MiG-21 squadrons based at Tezpur in Assam in the late 1960s.( Updated: Sep 24, 2017 15:29 IST By Mandeep Singh Bajwa, Hindustan Times Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh made an outstanding contribution to the country’s defence and air force. By far, his most exceptional role was in analysing the IAF’s strengths and weaknesses, which showed up during the 1965 war, and applying necessary correctives. The major lesson learned was that the Service had been preparing for a medium to long-duration war. What was needed was a change in mindset, planning, logistics and operational dynamics for a short war of intense proportions. This was done through detailed planning a