Quetta train accident, 19 dead many injured

The death toll from a deadly Rawalpindi-bound train accident near Aab-e-Gum area of Bolan district in Balochistan has risen to 19.

Officials on Wednesday confirmed the death toll to have risen to 19 and around a dozen people are still in critical condition after Tuesday’s accident.

The Pakistan Railways train carrying around 300 passengers from . . . → Read More: Quetta train accident, 19 dead many injured

Repelling the Taliban Threat: Pakistan and its Coercive Policy

The Taliban is in transition. Its leadership council in Quetta—in Pakistan’s Balochistan province—announced recently that Mullah Akhtar Mansour would replace Mullah Mohammed Omar as the leader of the insurgent movement.

The appointment of Mullah Mansour to head the Taliban is an opportunity for Pakistan to solidify its control over the organization and finally help bring . . . → Read More: Repelling the Taliban Threat: Pakistan and its Coercive Policy

13 die in country wide floods, Rs. 500m relief announced for Chitral

As at least four people were killed on Wednesday when their pick-up truck was swept away by a seasonal stream in Khuzdar, Balochistan, raising the overall death toll from this year’s monsoon-linked floods to at least 13.

The vehicle was crossing a seasonal stream in the Shah Noorani area of the remote district when it . . . → Read More: 13 die in country wide floods, Rs. 500m relief announced for Chitral

In the name of full disclosure

Christine Fair’s latest article addressing Indo-Pak relations is a predictable tirade against Pakistan’s ‘aggressive’ tendencies. Her venomous rant—completely detached from the complex security environment is wanting in objectivity.

The fact of the matter remains that much as she’d like, Pakistan cannot be wished away. The state remains to be a key . . . → Read More: In the name of full disclosure

Husain Haqqani’s failed anti “China’s Pakistan Push”

Mr Husain Haqqani has once again targeted Pakistan. This time it was an extremely failed attempt at highlighting some “facts” why Pakistan – China alliance and Chinese investment in Pakistan is doomed to fail!

The U.S. has shown little apprehension over China taking the lead in helping Pakistan build critical infrastructure.

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6.2m children still out of school – Pakistan Education Statistics

The total number of out-of-school children at primary level in the country has dropped from 6.7 million in 2012-2013 to 6.2 million, says the Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2013-2014 released on Tuesday.

As per the report, the total number of out-of-school children is 2.9 million in Punjab, 0.4 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P); 1.8 million . . . → Read More: 6.2m children still out of school – Pakistan Education Statistics

My awesome Balochistan

When you think of paradise, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? A beauty-laden landscape, full of resources, yet to be found. The question arises, what if you have already found it but haven’t realized its true potential? That is the case with Balochistan.

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The ugly man in USA

By Ghalib Sultan

A former political appointee Pakistani ambassador to the US has been resident in the US since 2012. He moved there after a court case investigated his possible connivance in a letter to the US asking them to make defanging the Pakistan military a condition for US support. At that time the term . . . → Read More: The ugly man in USA

#ShameOnLUMS

So once again its about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. A professor at LUMS, Dr.Anne-Christine Habbard, wanted to launch an open dialogue on Balochistan specifically calling upon the issue of human rights and abuse of power by the Pakistani security agencies against the peaceful people of Balochistan. There is no point is delving . . . → Read More: #ShameOnLUMS

Balochistan’s status quo is the problem

The secessionist sentiment in Balochistan did not surface overnight; insurrection and instability in the province dates back to the 19th century. It was at the centre of the Great Game back then and today, as fate would have it, the province has found itself at the nexus of a New Great Game involving global and . . . → Read More: Balochistan’s status quo is the problem