Dera Bugti chronicles: Too scared to go to school

DERA BUGTI: Since that incident, Asif Ali Bugti has never been to school, as his father fled from the troubled district and took refuge in Jacobabad, Sindh. This young boy who was 14 and in grade 8 at the time, was happily studying in Government Model High School Dera Bugti until the 2006 military operation shattered his dream. That is when unrest in his hometown began as a result of the late Nawab Akbar Bugti’s resistance against security forces.

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Let us not forget Baluchistan

The New Pakistan team has been observing that all things are quite on the Baluchistan whereas our Baluch brothers and sisters continue to suffer and bear the brunt of human right violations and atrocities.

To give things some perspective, Noordin Mengal, a Baloch representative who highlights human rights issues at international forums, spoke at the UN Human Rights Council last month and stated that the Baloch people continue to face the brunt of the Pakistan military. According to UNPO.org website, Mengal pointed out that people of Baluchistan continue to face the brunt of a full-fledged military campaign by the Pakistan military while the international community seemed unmoved by the atrocities.

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Keeping Pakistan’s “enemies” alive

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The recent positive steps taken by the Nawaz Sharif government to normalize relations between India and Pakistan do not seem to thrill the establishment machinery very much. It is no surprise that only a few days after the current government showed a positive step towards normalization of relations between the two countries that we see analysts like Zaid Hamid coming on multiple TV shows in one night and voicing the ISI and establishment views, trying to shape a completely different narrative.

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The mouse that roared – Dr. Pervez Tahir

Following is  a cross-blog post from Express Tribune

The deal struck with the IMF by our finance minister, Ishaq Dar, indicates that the so-called Plan B was never there. Our newly elected government had already decided to tread the beaten path of beg now, reform never. In fact, the talk about the inevitability of the recourse to the IMF was a farce. Just look at the critical elements of the crisis at hand: a measly current account deficit of less than one per cent of GDP, an improving trade balance, booming remittances, single-digit inflation. Compare it with the crisis when the IMF was approached in 2008: a current account deficit of 8.5 per cent, an inflation rate of 25 per cent, global financial crisis, oil and food price shocks. Only the fiscal deficit is now higher — nine per cent compared with 7.5 per cent. Had the finance minister put his accountant’s hat aside while doing his budget numbers, he could easily have fixed an achievable target for fiscal deficit. Making allocations without preparing projects or programmes is bad budgeting. Avoiding the uncalled-for increase in salaries and the Benazir Income Support Programme would have kept the deficit around 5.5 per cent rather than 6.3 per cent.

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