Election 2013: Last Chance to Save Balochistan



Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan and covers an area of 347,190 sq-km with a population around 7,914,000. It shares border with Afghanistan to the north, Iran to the north-west, the Arabian Sea to the south, spreading on almost 760km long coastal-line, Punjab and Sindh to the east and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the north-east.

Balochistan enjoys being located on a geo-strategic position in the region, particularly Pakistan, with a lucrative deep-sea port at Gawader in the south and untapped resources like gold, copper, oil, lead, zinc and tapped resources like gas, coal, chromites, baryte, marble, iron ore, quartzite, limestone Continue reading

Hazaras to make tough decisions



Common sense is believed to be the most ordinary behaviour practiced in daily life. It varies from person to person depending on his/her circumstantial knowledge and society to society. Personal interests and collective interests are said to be the potential driving force in shaping individual’s or community’s common sense.

When we think of the first one, our society seems to have laden with the success stories of the personal interests as it is something quite natural and it is practised in all civilized societies. While following personal interests, great concentration is employed to the personal future plans, all personal matters Continue reading

What will elections bring for Hazaras – more death?


It was October 5, 1999 when ex-education minister Sardar Nisar Ali was ambushed by “unknown” terrorists. His driver and personal bodyguard died on the spot, he, however, was fortunate enough to have survived the attack but sustained serious bullet injuries.

This was the first terrorist attempt ever to be made on a prominent Hazara figure in Quetta in a democratic set up, led by the elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Soon after, leading Hazara businessmen including Sardar Saadat Ali, the younger brother of Sardar Nisar Ali started receiving life threatening calls known to be Continue reading