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It is our inaction, not foreign involvement that is worsening the Balochistan conflict

By Shezad Baloch

May 28, 2019 – 12:13 am

Balochistan is once again in the grip of deadly violence. At least three people, including a prayer leader, were killed and 28 wounded in a remotely-controlled explosion inside a mosque an hour before Friday prayers. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings.

Remembering the sane voice from Balochistan

By Shezad Baloch

February 5, 2019 – 8:10 pm

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of senior journalist Siddiq Baluch.  An undisputed authority on Balochistan, his voice is deeply missed in the ongoing debate about the province’s political and economic problems. It was my great honor and privilege to work under Baluch’s leadership. His wide-ranging command of the issues was the envy of his fellow journalists, myself included. A colleague of mine, Malik Siraj, once joked that if the the conflict in Balochistan ever came to an end we journalists would fast run out of stories to cover. But such was Siddiq Baluch’s mastery of all things related to the province that he would never run out of material.

Remembering a slain journalist

By Shezad Baloch

January 10, 2019 – 10:53 pm

Sometime in the middle of December 2012 journalist Saifur Rehman informed me via Facebook about the escalating threats that journalists faced in Balochistan. “Buddy, now an extremist group has just repeated its threat to journalists in Quetta. It has threatened to target journalists if news about them is not given space.”

Naya Pakistan, purana Balochistan

By Shezad Baloch

July 31, 2018 – 6:17 pm

As expected, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) grabbed more seats than any other party in the legislative provincial assembly in the 2018 General Elections. Though they did not win an absolute majority, BAP has enough elected members to attract other parties and independent candidates to form a coalition government.

Will Sadiq Sanjrani’s appointment as Senate chairman help Balochistan in any way?

By Shezad Baloch

March 16, 2018 – 10:48 pm

Whether in the realm of politics or natural resources, Balochistan has always been a target for exploitation by politicians and other powerful forcesin Pakistan. Whenever Balochistan is mentioned, it isinvariably described as “the least developed region of Pakistan.”  It is always “volatile,” “neglected,” or “backward;” the region with “the worst health indicators” and“the poorest infrastructure;”the place where a majority of children are out of school and there is little access to even basic education.