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BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

By Malik Siraj Akbar The American government and the public had very limited understanding of Islamist extremist groups and their global jihadist ambitions before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Afterwards, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama strictly limited the war on terror to extremist groups like al-Qaeda that had openly waged a [...]

Sardar Khair Bakhsh Marri

Sardar Khair Bakhsh Marri

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi Khair Bakhsh Marri is no more. He was my brother-in-law. I did not always share his political views. But I always admired his personal and political character. If the Pakhtun had Bacha Khan, the Muslim Bengalis had Suharwardy and the Sindhis had G M Syed, then the Baloch had Khair Baksh [...]

Nawab Marri Laid to Rest

Nawab Marri Laid to Rest

From Dawn  QUETTA: Amidst grief and sorrow, the elderly Baloch nationalist ideologue, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri was laid to rest in Quetta on Thursday. Nawab Marri’s funeral prayer was offered in New Kahan, located in Western suburb of Quetta. Earlier, the body of Nawab Marri was brought to Hockey Stadium Quetta for funeral prayers. However, [...]

Glimpses of Nawab Khair Baksh Marri’s Funeral

Glimpses of Nawab Khair Baksh Marri’s Funeral

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the prominent Baloch nationalist leader finally passed away without brokering a deal with any of the Pakistani governments to end the  ongoing conflict in Balochistan. The veteran Baloch leader, who passed away on Tuesday, remained firm on his demand for a free Baloch country. His commitment to his principles has transformed [...]

Nawab Marri: The Steadfast Baloch

Nawab Marri: The Steadfast Baloch

Note: The Baloch Hal editor-in-chief Malik Siraj Akbar, in 2008, interviewed Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the veteran Baloch nationalist leader who passed away on Tuesday. We are reproducing his interview considering its relevance to his political career.  By Malik Siraj Akbar Nawab Khair Baksh Marri’s meaningful silence over the past many decades has been a [...]

Nawab Khair Baksh Marri Passes Away

Nawab Khair Baksh Marri Passes Away

The Baloch Hal News KARACHI: The veteran Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri passed away on Tuesday. He was 86. Mr. Marri was considered as the greatest inspiration for the free Balochistan movement. He passed away in a hospital in Karachi where he had been admitted recently due to worsening health issues. The late leader [...]

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

By Malik Siraj Akbar  A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to schoolin Pakistan’s Balochistan province left a bizarre warning on Tuesday outside a private school: “This is your last chance,” read a hand-written threatening letter that had been affixed outside the main entrance of the best known local school, the [...]

The War Against Girls’ Education in Pakistan

The War Against Girls’ Education in Pakistan

By Malik Siraj Akbar Throughout the years of turmoil and instability in Pakistan, the education sector has remained a central target of all parties engaged in armed conflicts. Enraged over the threats from an underground Islamic extremist organization that led to the forceful closure of girls’ schools in Pakistan’s largest province of Balochistan earlier this month, the public [...]

Five Hindu Children Abducted in Balochistan

Five Hindu Children Abducted in Balochistan

From Dawn QUETTA: Armed men kidnapped five children belonging to minority Hindu community from Balochistan’s volatile Jaffarabad district on Wednesday, senior officials said. Syed Zafar Ali Shah, the Deputy Commissioner Jaffarabad told Dawn.com that the children were going to school when abducted by the armed men near Dera Allah Yar. He, however, added that four [...]

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