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Voice of a Journalist & Human Rights Defender

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‘Abduct, kill and dump’ in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch
Though there are multiple layers of violence and tension in Balochistan, ‘kill and dump’ of the Baloch ‘missing’ persons is one of the most vexing issues of the time. Recovery of bullet-riddled dead bodies with ruthless … Continue reading →

Reko-Diq And Balochistan’s Fate

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch 

The Supreme Court of  Pakistan finally turned   Reko-Diq project accord void , which was signed 20 years ago .This project  was signed between  Balochistan government  and Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) a joint  venture between Antofagasta of Chile and Canadian’s Barrick Gold corporation.. This costly project of gold and copper in twenty years could not bring and economic development in Balochistan, therefore, this decision did not gain the attention of Baloch people or no cheerful expressions have been observed in social and political institutions of Balochistan…. Continue reading →

Earthquake devastation in Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Earthquake in Balochistan has left a great suffering for the people of district Washuk in Maskel city. The recent natural calamity is going to turn in to human made disasters because of no remarkable relief activities. The government authorities have sufficed with only few activities for mitigation of the victim’s suffering. The controversial statements of government and earthquake sufferers demand for more help and assistance moves.

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Social Media Filters out Balochistan News

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch
The voting process has started in Pakistan yet, apart from, Punjab the Sindh, KPK and in a very sensitive position. The situation in Balochistan is quite different as compared to Sindh, KPK. In Balochistan pro-freedom political … Continue reading →

How Free is the Media in Balochistan?

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Believe it or not: Balochistan is being marked for extreme abuse of press freedom and murders of journalists. Print and online newspapers are not let to work smoothly. Threats from state patronized groups, secret agencies and militant … Continue reading →

Who Will Implement B.N.P.’s Election Manifesto?

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch  The Balochistan National Party (B.N.P-Mengal), surrounded by a number of crises created either by the state-sponsored death squads and the Baloch armed groups, has eventually decided to participate in the upcoming election of 2013. Prior to this, … Continue reading →

Peaceful election in Balochistan…?

Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The electoral process has not functionally started due to the huge reservations and sense of insecurity in Balochistan. It seems that 3,336,650 million voters, who are supposed to vote on May 11, 2013 for 300 candidates for … Continue reading →

Ban on BSO-Azad: Where is democracy…..?

 By Yousaf Ajab Baloch The independent faction Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) has been banned in Pakistan as per decision taken on March 15, 2013 by the interior department. The ban on Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) has become a … Continue reading →

Efforts of Brahvi Media in development of Baloch literature

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch At present, the importance of media, particularly social media or internet can never be denied because it is plying a vital role in the development of nation’s every walk of life. Somehow, it is considered the … Continue reading →

Friend of Baloch and Balochistan: Asad Rahman

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

It was shocking news when I heard Asad Rahman, alias Chakar Khan 62 years, a prominent human rights activist, journalist and guerrilla leader of 1973-77 war in Balochistan has passed away on October 29, 2012. Asaad … Continue reading →

Balochistan: A war Zone for journalists

By Yousaf  Ajab Baloch

Mr. Abdul Haq Baloch is the fifth journalist target killed on 29 September 2010, in Khuzdar city. The Secretary Gneral of khuzdar press club and reporter for ARY news, and daily Awam Quetta, Was on his to … Continue reading →

Threats to Baloch University Lecturer,poetess Nausheen Qambarani

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Nausheen Qambrani is a well-known Baloch poetess and an English language lecturer at the Sardar Bahdur Khan Women University in Quetta. She is a respected social activist and human rights defender in Balochistan. For the past one week, unidentified people have constantly harassed her with death threats.

Should Balochs trust in Judiciary?

  By Yousaf Ajab Baloch
The case of Baloch missing persons has not remained new. It is deteriorating day by day. The recovery of bullet-riddled dead bodies of Baloch missing persons increases unrest among the family members of Baloch political activists, … Continue reading →

Baluchistan: 12 journalists killed in 6 years

Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The target killings and abductions of Baloch journalists continue in Baluchistan. In a fresh incident, bullet-riddled body of Razaq Gull, a correspondent for Express News, was found in a deserted area near Turbat city, Kech district, on 19th May 2012. Razzaq Gull was kidnapped from near his house a day before.

 

What Ails the Quality of Journalism in Balochistan?

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Despite being rich in terms of its natural resources and significant due to its geostrategic location, Balochistan has remained the most backward of all Pakistani provinces. Hence, the province does not get sufficient attention in the national media whereas there is a tremendous need for building journalists’ capacity. Balochistan also lags behind in terms of standard of journalism practiced here. The poor quality of journalism in Balochistan is because of lack of proper training and exposure opportunities for the local journalists.

 

UN Attention to Balochistan Conflict

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Ultimately, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has put an end to the silence on the human rights ill-treatment, abduction, killing and dumping of Baloch people.

 

A Rough Balochistan Policy

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The recovery of bullet-riddled, decomposed, mutilated and tortured bodies of disappeared Balochs is no longer part of breaking news in Baloch local media. However, the human rights violations and the ‘Killing and dumping’ of missing Balochs is one of the most outstanding issues in Balochistan right now.

 

A Daughter’s Struggle for Her Father’s Safe Recovery

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Restlessness, worries and agony of a little girl become beyond measure when she loses her doll or another thing that she loves to spend time with, playing and amusing herself. But one fails to translate the sentiments of a little girl who has lost her father at an age when she should be playing and studying. Instead, she finds herself striving to get him recovered. Mahlab Baloch is the daughter who finds herself amid a seemingly unending struggle for her father.

Why Saleem Shehzad’s Murder Outweighs Killing of 10 Baloch Journalists

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Shehzad, 40, bureau chief of Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) and Italian news agency Adnkronos, was abducted on May 29, 2011 in Islamabad and later, his bullet-riddled body was found after three days on May 31 in a river in Jehlam. Shehzad’s body bore marks of extreme torture, similar to that of more than 180 of Baloch journalists, freelance writers, lawyers, human rights defenders and political activists who were first abducted, tortured and subsequently killed. The journalist and human rights organizations allege secret agencies of the state for the murder of Shehzad.

No Saba, No Problem

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Intellectuals, teachers, journalist and political people are said to be the eyes and voices of the nation’s .But how the anguish of this nation will be measured to be described or inscribed, when the nation’s face is being mutilated by picking out eyes, cutting tongues, and suffocating the voices of the mentioned characters. Believe it: Baloch is the nation which is suffering from this terrible loss.

 

 Census: A conspiracy to Blackmail Baloch

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Census has commenced and all thirty districts of Balochistan have been scheduled to be included. According to the population census department, there are 193 blocks across Balochistan and each block has 275 to 200 housing units. The teams have initiated the field work .Despite existence of huge reservations in Balochistan by Baloch political parties, Baloch armed forces which have opposed the census and urged the people of Balochistan not to participate in the exercise.

 

Will (VBMP) succeed to yield in Islamabad?

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The case of Baloch missing persons is deteriorating day by day .There is not a single day, passes without kill and dump of Baloch disappeared ones.  The staid protests of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a sister organization of International Voice For Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP),   has not been able to   get recovered the disappeared Balochs. Despite striving for safe recovery of abducted Baloch students, doctors, political workers, journalists, human rights activists, their decomposed and mutilated dead bodies are being found.

 

A “Heavy Price” for Defending Human Rights

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

A prominent human rights defender Naeem Sabir has paid a heavy price, defending human rights in Balochistan. When the scenario is, of a battlefield, definitely, performing  such a crucial duty in such a situation is a bravery and commitment with one’s profession. It is  perplexing why people  working  for  human rights, peace  and harmony are being target killed in cold blood and deprived of their own professional rights. Why are the perpetrators  not  brought to the book? Mainly, why don’t the human rights organizations, whose own members are killed, take any significant action? They only suffice with uttering a few words of condemnation.

 

A great decision: AIM to Baloch National Voice

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The Anjuman-e-Ittehad-e-Marri has been renamed as Baloch National Voice. It was decided by taking the central leadership and leaders of all zones in confidence; the decision is being lauded by Baloch political leaders and nationalists parties. The Baloch National Voice has been endorsed in Balochistan and on international level as a great feat of the leadership. After facing long period criticisms, the decision has been made on an appropriate time, because the concept of “Tribal Ittehad” covers a small realm, which never has been in the favour of Baloch National Voice or National struggle.

 

 

You Cover My Face, I Cover Yours

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The Chief justice of Balochistan, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Essa, in his recent media talk during a visit to the border town of Chaman to inaugurate  a court building, said that most of the missing persons  had been recovered  and he himself had concluded  some sixty cases of the missing persons, released through the  law  and there are  few charged with crimes.

 

A Battlefield for Journalists

By  Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Currently Balochistan is suffering from extreme murders of Baloch journalists, human rights activists, political workers and intellectuals.  In the last four months more than 70 people have been abducted, tortured and murdered during illegal detention. This has become an alarming situation for journalists and human rights activists.

Blunders from Bengal to Balochistan, but no lesson

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Though religion  of Islam  was a major pretext  to make Pakistan  yet the  partitionof Bangladesh  proved,    nations and  countries  cannot be  subjected   to extent they may be religious.  The  freedom  of Bangladesh  on 16 December  1971, on every 16th of  December   makes me think   that  wise   people and  nations  learn  from  history  and mistakes  if not  then  commit blunders turn by turn  .Aforementioned imply to the nature of Pakistani rulers.

Human rights violation in Balochistan, UN ought to take notice

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Before dilating  on the  subject  we  have to cite  human rights  ,and  the  human rights declarations . Definitely,  human rights  imply  to the rights   relevant  to the  life  ,liberty  ,equality  and dignity of  the  individuals  .10 December  takes us   back the  day  when  United Nations   general assembly  adopted  the universal  declaration  of human rights  on 10th December 1948. The general assembly called upon the member states to guarantee and promote the recognition   of the rights and freedoms set in the human rights declaration.

The Guilt of Baloch Hal

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The exploitation  of Baloch and Balochistan is not new  as the oppressed  Baloch nation is exploited and deprived  in all walks of life . Underprivileged nations can never get attention of the world  or international  community  unless they have command over education  and  have their own media .Unfortunately,  when we  talk of the  media  and education, Baloch have never been facilitated in spite of being one of the richest parts  of Asia in terms of natural resources.

Intervention Inevitable.

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Balochistan’s missing persons belong to different walks of life. According to the Voice for Missing Baloch Persons (VMBP), more than 12,000 Baloch political activists, students, teachers, lawyers, and farmers have been whisked away from different parts of Balochistan. It is alleged that the Frontier Corps (FC) collaborated with the intelligence agencies to ‘abduct’ these people.

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