Just like his forefathers in the Afridi clan, the 32-year-old from Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghan border has become a connoisseur of the local delicacy, aged to perfection with a centuries-old technique.
“If you put [freshly prepared] hash resin into a goatskin or a sheepskin, it matures into something very good,” he says. “It is well-preserved inside the skin, which also adds oil to it.” [read more]
Jameel Afridi speaking today (May 28) to Radio Mashaal in Peshawar, Pakistan. Jameel Afridi is the younger brother of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who was sentenced in Pakistan to 33 years in prison for helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden.
“This sentence is illegal because he has not done [what they said]. The [Frontier Crimes Regulations] Law is even not applicable to him. I have not seen him in prison so I can’t say how he is being treated. I will know this after meeting [with him]. Are people treated nicely in prisons here?” [read more]
Guard at Bannu prison that was attacked by Taliban militants tells @Mashaalradio: “They came in two or three vehicles. Immediately after getting to the main gate of the jail, they ordered us to get out of their way. I fired at them, but they had heavy weapons. They responded with hand grenades. Then they fired a rocket launcher and other armed men entered from another side of the jail building using heavy weapons. They surrounded the whole prison.”
- Mer Laiq Khan, a guard at the Bannu prison that was attacked by Taliban militants early on Sunday, speaking today (April 15) to RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal
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“I was in Dubai when I received these threats. They told me they had kidnapped my two kids. They forced me to announce I was quitting singing. That’s why I made that announcement,” Iqbal said.
Check out our collection of photos over the past year featuring aspects of life in Baluchistan.
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Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan, located in the south of the country and making up almost half of Pakistan’s land. The province that neighbors Pakistan’s restive Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh Provinces, and borders on Afghanistan and Iran, has long been marred by regional rivalry and insurrection. Recently, it has been afflicted with a complicated mix of separatist, sectarian, and religiously motivated violence involving both homegrown and regional rebels.
Daud Khattak, a veteran Pakistani reporter and senior editor for RFE/RL’s Pakistan service, Radio Mashaal, described Baluchistan as “the largest in area and the richest in natural resources, but the most backward and poorest from a human-development-index point of view.”
Read more about Baluchistan:
“Assassinations Mark Worsening Conflict In Balochistan”
“U.S. Hearing On Balochistan Raises Hackles, Awareness In Pakistan”
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@GandharaRFE: Leaders of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province complain that young girls in the area are being abducted and then forced to convert to Islam and married off to Muslim men…[read more]