Quetta Bleeds

Sardar-Bahadur-Khan-Women-University-attackSardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University is the only women university in Quetta City which was established in March 2004.  Around 3000 female students are currently studying at the university. Like every other day, students after taking the last class put their pens, notebooks and books in their bags, put smile on their faces, turned their mobiles on to either receive calls or ring to their parents to let them know about their departure from the university, cheering, talking and waving hands to say the last bye of the day to each other and accelerated to the main gate to be the first to get on the bus to go home at earliest possible. Continue reading

“Controlled” Democracy is the Best Revenge

Pakistan ElectionFakharuddin G. Ebrahim, Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan congratulated the nation for holding the most transparent‚ fair and free elections with a record 60% voters turnout in the elections held on 11th of May 2013. Since election, the print and electronic media run rigging stories from different parts of the Pakistan on daily basis. Some political parties have thoroughly refused to accept the results of the elections, while some candidates refuse the elections with credible evidence of video clips, photos and recorded messages.
Some complain about the alleged roles of the presiding officers to dillydally the voting process in the polling stations, some complain from the law enforcing agencies for their alleged involvement in filling ballot boxes, some complain of stealing ballot boxes, some found their votes on the litters, some complain about over 100% turnout, some from the fake ballot papers, some complain of the late result announcements and some complain from the absence of staff members in the polling stations in Balochistan. Continue reading

Elections 2013: Will the ‘injured’ parties refuse the results?

tribuneThe country goes to poll on May 11, 2013 to elect the new democratic government for the next five years. The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso have already assured the people of Pakistan that fair and free elections will be held.
However, the ground reality might be different.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) and other right-wing parties have enjoyed large public gatherings in Punjab, while other liberal political parties mainly, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Baloch nationalist parties have been reduced to conducting Skype conferences and small corner meetings in Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Continue reading

What Challenges will New Elected Prime Minister Face in Pakistan?

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Saudi Arabia has always been the most cordial friend of Pakistan and both countries seem to enjoy the warm relations. Common faith, oil and Pakistan’s strategic position in the region help both countries to stick together in all fields especially politics, economy, security and religious matters. King Abdullah’s statement reported in a research study “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are more than strategic partners and more than brothers” clearly indicates the in-depth interests of both countries attached to each other.  Continue reading

Election 2013: Last Chance to Save Balochistan

 

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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