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Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi, Reporter Shot Dead

Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi, Reporter Shot Dead

From Express Tribune  Senior journalist and Secretary General of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) Irshad Mastoi, trainee reporter Abdul Rasul and an accountant of a news agency were gunned down in Quetta’s Kabir Building on Thursday. According to SHO Bijli Road police station, two armed men barged into the office of the news distribution agency [...]

Islamabad is Playing With Fire in Balochistan

Islamabad is Playing With Fire in Balochistan

The Baloch Hal Interview The Balochistan Government is increasingly coming under criticism from the Baloch nationalists, including from the Balochistan National Party, for failing to improve the political and security situation in the province. The Baloch Hal spoke to the U.S. president of the B.N.P., Dr. Tara Chand Baloch, about the government’s policies. Dr. Baloch [...]

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 [...]

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