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Iranian forces kill 208 in protests – Amnesty International

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Police and security forces have killed at least 208 people during recent protests in Iran, according to a statement issued by Amnesty International.

Iran, on the other hand, has reported 143 official casualties, while the Iranian opposition estimates that number to be more than 400.

A statement from Amnesty International’s office in London says that the number of deaths in the agitated protests in Iran has reached 208 during mid-November.

Human rights group say its delegates are collecting authentic information to track the actual death toll in Iran.

Amnesty said on Twitter last Friday that the death toll in Iran’s protests has risen to 161, according to earlier estimates that the death toll was 143.

Suddenly, people took to the streets protesting against the rise in fuel prices in Iran.

Iranian security forces used brutal force against protesters during protests that lasted five days. Human Rights organisations claimed that Iranian security forces targeted protesters from helicopters, rooftops and shot killed while chasing them on the streets.

Ban on political activities in UoB is another shock for students

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The chancellor of Balochistan University has imposed a complete ban on political activities on its premises with immediate effect.

A notification issued by the Governor House here on Wednesday and sent to the vice chancellor of Balochistan University stated: “No political gathering should be allowed in the university campus in order to avoid disruption of atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning.”

Security institutions and personnel have been directed to take necessary measures in this regard.

After the release of the orders, students’ organizations, social and political parties reacted with condemnation. Where the orders are being considered as a conspiracy to keep students away from the activities, including a veil over the Balochistan University scandal.

The spokesperson for Baloch Students Action Committee (BSAC) stated that Balochistan University is the center of creation and research where thousands of students are studying in which students affiliated with various political organizations are carrying out the political development of their cadres through political activities which is their constitutional right. Eliminating the rights of students by such unconstitutional decisions, the Balochistan government wants to halt the process of political training of future builders so as to create a political uncertainty and suppress the recent scandal.

It is pertinent to mention that, in October this year the FIA, discovered that male and female students were being harassed by the University authorities through “objectionable” videos of them. These videos were recorded using several cameras that were secretly installed at different places in the university’s Quetta campus. The news of harassment scandal erupted protests all over Balochistan and some other cities of Pakistan. But the culprits have not yet brought to the justice for which students are still demanding, which is building pressure on authorities. This is the reason students believe by banning the activities the authorities are trying to suppress the harassment scandal.

Sana Ullah Baloch, Member Balochistan Assembly, said in a tweet, “It is better to close the university than banning political, social and cultural issues at Balochistan University, as the university is actually based on the fields of politics, sociology and history. Students should be given the freedom of expression on political and social issues.”

Balochistan: 15 abducted from Awaran and Dera Bugti

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Pakistani army has reportedly abducted fifteen persons including women and children from Dera Bugti and Awaran district of Balochistan.

According to reports, forces have arrested thirteen persons, including women and children on Wednesday, from Lakha Nari area of Och and shifted them to an unknown location.

Local sources said that the abductees were moving from the mountainous areas to the city due to the winter.

As per the locals, when the forces detained them, they were on a journey carrying a large amount of wheat, a large number of camels and other livestock which were taken away by the security forces.

Some of the abductees have been identified as, Shah Gul s/o Shahnawaz Bugti, Meero s/o Gabro Bugti, Phogo s/o Mazarhan Bugti, Honda s/o Jada Bugti, Naseeban s/o Zarak Bugti, Turkman s/o Zarak, Sammi Khatoon w/o Zarak Bugti, Shahmeer s/o Bakht Ali Bugti, Dur Bibi d/o Bakht Ali Bugti, Shad Ali s/o Shahdad Bugti.

In another news, two students were forcefully disappeared from Awaran on Monday this week.

Abductees were identified as, Sajid s/o Qadir Bakhsh and Parvez s/o Sadique.

Afghan Taliban delegation visits Iran

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Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said on Tuesday in a tweet that the Taliban deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, along with his delegation, met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and discussed a “peaceful solution” to the “Afghan issue” and migrant problems in Iran.

This is the second time a Taliban delegation has traveled to Tehran after the cancellation of the US-Taliban talks in Qatar in early September.

“The Taliban’s visit to Iran means that Afghanistan’s neighbors, such as Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China, which the Taliban have repeatedly visited, can play a positive role in peace and can play a negative role. And the Taliban’s task is to ensure the neighbor countries play a positive role in Afghanistan’s peace process,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

Iran has also confirmed the visit and Iranian Foreign Ministry sources told the media that one of the main goals of the meeting it to encourage the two sides to engage in dialogue between Afghans.

“Iran should have been involved in the talks…If in the future peace comes, no regional government should feel isolated,” said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, head of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan.

Also, a source close to the Taliban in Kabul says that the German Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, is going to Qatar for talks with the Taliban delegation about a meeting that Germany will host, Tolonews reported.

Kech: An old father along with his son abducted by security forces

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According to media reports, Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies raided a house in Sangabad area of district Kech and arrested an old man along with his young son and moved them to an unknown location.

It is to mention that Miran s/o Sardo and his son Alip were abducted on November 18, 2019. News of their arrest could not be reported due to the lack of communication sources in the area.

The problem of missing persons in  Balochistan is becoming severe day by day and victim families are protesting all over the Balochistan, besides the VBPM’s continuous protest for more than a decade in front of Quetta Press Club.

In another news, addressing a press conference at the Turbat Press Club on Wednesday, a Baloch mother, Noorjahan Qaomi expressed her concerns over the army raids on her house.

She said that Pakistani forces raid to my house every day and ask about my daughter Sohaila Qaomi and my sons.

“My children have done nothing wrong and we have nothing to do with any of the armed and political organizations. My sons are working abroad, so raiding my house every day and torturing me and my children should to be stopped” she said.

She appealed the Chief Minister and Commissioner Makran to provide them security by taking notice of the issue.

Noorjahan’s daughter, Sohaila said in her statement that government officials have been harassing me for the past several days and raiding my house repeatedly to inquire about me is causing tension and trauma to my elderly mother.

Sohaila further said “I am not affiliated with any political or militant group and I appeal to the Chief Justice of Balochistan, Commissioner Makran, Deputy Commissioner Kech, Human Rights Comission and other related government agencies to take action on harassing an innocent woman and protect me.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens U.S over riots

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The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened the US and its allies Monday as he addressed a pro-government demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people denouncing last week’s violent protests over a fuel price hike.

Gen. Hossein Salami, echoing other Iranian officials, accused the US, Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia of stoking the unrest. He said the rise in gasoline prices was a “mere pretext” for an attack on the nation.

“If you cross our red line, we will destroy you,” he said. “We will not leave any move unanswered.” He said if Iran decides to respond, “the enemy will not have security anywhere,” adding that “our patience has a limit.”

Amnesty International said late Monday that at least 143 people have been killed in the protests since Nov. 15, updating an earlier toll. The London-based rights group said it had “clear evidence” that Iranian security forces used firearms against unarmed protesters.

“The rising death toll is an alarming indication of just how ruthless the treatment of unarmed protesters has been by the Iranian authorities and reveals their appalling assault on human life,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran has not released a death toll and cut off internet for several days, making it difficult to ascertain the extent and severity of the demonstrations.

At the pro-government rally, which state TV referred to as the “Rise of the people of Tehran against riots,” protesters carried signs bearing traditional anti-US slogans.

But speakers also criticized President Hassan Rouhani’s administration for the way the fuel price hike was implemented, even as they called for capital punishment for rioters and further restrictions on social media platforms.

Iran has been gripped by a severe economic crisis since the US restored painful sanctions after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a separate development, Iran’s agriculture minister resigned a day before he was to face an impeachment hearing in parliament.

The presidency’s website said President Hassan Rouhani accepted the resignation of Mahmoud Hojjati and then appointed him as an assistant in agricultural and food security affairs.

Iran’s parliament planned to impeach Hojjati after some of his appointed managers were arrested on corruption charges. Hojjati himself has not been accused of corruption.

Gwadar: Road accident kills 8 Pakistan Navy personnel

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At least 8 personnel died and 29 others were injured when a coach fell into a deep ditch.

According to the Balochistan Post News Desk report, a Pakistan Navy bus overturned on the Makran Coastal Highway at Buzi Top, killing 8 and injuring several others.

As per the reports, the bus was carrying at least 38 navy personnel.

Local administration and Edhi service volunteers shifted the bodies and injured to the PNS Darman Jah hospital in Ormara.

Navy bus was travelling to Karachi from Ormara city of Balochistan. The cause of the accident was said to be over speeding.

Uniform in University: tampering with Justice – Pashmina Khan

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Uniform in University: tampering with Justice

By Pashmina Khan

The so-called Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Balochistan, is a puppet whose threads are pulled by his Godfather from somewhere else, He cannot snatch the right of freedom of expression from students. While making it essential to wear uniform in university, seems to strip away the freedom from the students. On one hand such unwise and ill-advised steps like forcing university students to wear uniforms make it a laughing stock; on the other hand, it is tantamount to undermine the freedom of expression. Students at the university level are open to wearing what they deem fit which expresses their unique personality within certain prescribed codes for clothing. which usually limits to the appropriateness and acceptable in the given society.

A present that is essential is to address the harassment case that created a shock wave in society, rather than forcing university students to wear a uniform, which is extremely nonsensical. It is the sole responsibility of the administration of the University to tackle the grievous concerns regarding harassment case. On the contrary, it appears that the administration and some hidden hands are imbued trying to vindicate the culprits of this case.

One needs to understand the socio-cultural set up of Balochistan. The victims of the harassment case are those students who come from poor backgrounds. Their poor parents send them to university hoping that this institution will change their lot. But showing no response from the administration and concern committee is equate to risk the future of these poor masses because parents will not be able to send their daughters back into the university. In fact, it will bring severe repercussions on society. Parents send their children to the universities carrying dreams and plans for their safe and successful future. They trust the university and the administration, their management and teaching staff with hope in the government to provide their children with a supportive environment in perusing their dreams. But the worst scenario is that the teaching staff is equally involved in harassing the students. The teachers have been seen forcing or compelling students to have wrong relations with them in promising them good grades, in case the student, has shown any resistance, she would threaten to get her to fail in the exam. Even the concerned authorities who are liable to ensure the safety of the student in the hostel equally is involved in the blackmailing of students. Such tactics will cause a huge drop out of the university.

Teacher those who are considered as spiritual parents and they could have developed trust relationship with the students, could have helped students fight against the injustice at the universities and could have played a vital role in compelling the management of the universities to work according to the constitution and culture. Instead, they are accomplices and culprits of this mishap.

University administration, while playing the card of making uniforms obligatory in university, in fact, is trying to shelter all those culprits who have been involved in the harassment case. Surely it is a well-planned attempt to deny justice to the victims. The reality is that this time, students need justice, not the uniforms.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Balochistan Post or any of its editors.

Books are the treasure house of knowledge – Ameen Baloch

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Books are the treasure house of knowledge
By Ameen Baloch

Books play a significant role in our daily life. A wise man said that when one reads a book, it means He reads a new world”. I primarily believe that everyone would agree with this statement as books have become inevitable for mankind. As we know books are part of our everyday life. A book is more reliable than a friend, and it will never walk away at hard and testing time.

It is stated that the book we read, in fact, it becomes a part of our conscious soul. Further, books act like a mother who always tries to soothe her child. Books are sources to give us wings to fly and skim into a new world replete with the treasure of knowledge.
In this modern era of technology, books are not only available in hard copies but also one can access millions of books in electronic form.

Above all, books improve our standard of living by opening new opportunities in life. Books tone up our intellectual taste and they make our outlook broader. Books encourage us when we have lost the battle of the competitive world; inspire us to work hard with hope and courage. Books enrich our experience and sharpen our intellect.

It is essential that we should develop a healthy habit of reading books. We ought to select books carefully also keeping our individual taste in View. A good book is our friend, teacher, and guide.

Everyone wants pleasure, happiness, and comfort in life, which comes from different angles. Some people want wealth and power for the sake of pleasure. Some are conscious of their good health. Perhaps all the scientific discoveries and inventions are made for human pleasure, happiness, and comfort. Even saints live the life of solitude and self-inflicted miseries to gain divine pleasure. Hence we can get pleasure from various things e.g. sport, games and films are some of them. But the reading books give us the real pleasure of life and we forget our pains and stress of life; the book takes us into a land of beauty, imagination, and happiness and blesses us with utmost happiness.

A man with the treasure of immense knowledge is revered. Such individuals are the powerhouse of knowledge and we learn and benefit immensely in his or her company.
Books are not confined to a few selected themes, in fact, books cover all aspects of life; books discuss our daily life, or socio-economic problem, history, war, please, philosophy, geography, psychology, anatomy, astrology, and so on.

If we want the welfare of our children and nation than it is important we should develop a culture of book reading in our society.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Balochistan Post or any of its editors.

Jamshoro: Police files cases against student protesters under terrorism act

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Police has launched FIR against student protesters of Sindh University, under terrorism act.

According to details received by TBP, students protested over water and other demands for the Boys Hostel at Sindh University Jamshoro on Monday night. First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against dozens of students for chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and other motives.

FIR has nominated 17 students, including Faraz Chouleani, Rashid Zardari, Salamat Zanoor, Nadir Lakheer, Amir Shah and Ansar Bardo.

It is to be noted that like every year, the annual Sindhi cultural festival’s preparations have been started by students of Sindh University. Regarding to that, some political groups in Sindh are concerned that the state institutions are scared of these programs due to which they are filing such cases.

It is pertinent to mention here, an event of Baloch Cultural Day was attacked by hand grenade bombs at Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Khuzdar city in 2010.

Baloch students and political organizations also claimed the involvement of Pakistani secret services in the incident.

The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) said in a statement comes after the FIR reports, that the FIR against the students of Sindh University is the worst act of harassment, which is strongly condemned. “Strong condemnation and resistance is needed to counter the state terrorism”, it said.

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