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I Wish to See a Secular Balochistan

I Wish to See a Secular Balochistan

Interviewed by Roshan Ghimire Fate may have moved Malik Siraj Akbar from the bucolic terrain of Balochistan to the beltways of Washington D.C, but Akbar’s fight for Balochistan continues even though he is far from home. Akbar is a well- known journalist and a blogger from Balochistan, the largest province of the Pakistan. He was granted political asylum [...]

Rifts in Balochistan Government

Rifts in Balochistan Government

In less than one year since its formation, Balochistan’s coalition government is confronted with the worst infighting ever known to the media and the masses. The coalition comprises of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (P.M.L.-N), the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (Pk. M.A.P.), the National Party of Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch and, [...]

The Return of Journalist Killers in Balochistan

The Return of Journalist Killers in Balochistan

Within a week after the election of a new president for the Balochistan Union of Journalists (B.U.J.), the largest representative organization of journalists in the province, a journalist and his driver were shot dead in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad District. Mohammad Afzal Khawaja, a reporter for Daily Balochistan Times (English) and its sister publication in Urdu, Zamana, was [...]

America and Balochistan

America and Balochistan

Rep. Louie Gohmert made a passionate speech in the U.S. House of Representatives about the recently found mass graves in Balochistan. While reading from an article published in the Toronto Sun, Mr. Gohmert criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for welcoming a high-level delegation of Pakistani officials in Washington D.C. days after the discovery of [...]

Sharif’s Ambiguous Peace Plans For Balochistan

Sharif’s Ambiguous Peace Plans For Balochistan

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently constituted a four-member committee to facilitate negotiations between the government and the Taliban. During his visit to Quetta two days ago with the newly appointed army chief, General Raheel Sharif, the prime minister hinted at constituting a similar committee to talk to Baloch nationalists who are currently engaged in an [...]

Balochistan Mass Graves: An International Inquiry Needed

Balochistan Mass Graves: An International Inquiry Needed

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not spoken about the mass graves found in Balochistan. Chief Minister Dr. Malik Baloch has not uttered a word either.  The mainstream national media has systematically snubbed the story. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have not issued statements.  Nevertheless, that does not help in keeping the world ignorant about [...]

The General Pakistan Can’t Punish

The General Pakistan Can’t Punish

By Malik Siraj Akbar The Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, during his recent visit to Islamabad, brushed aside suggestions that his country was planning a deal to provide a safe passage to Pakistan’s former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf. Prior to his visit, speculation was rife that Musharraf would flee the country under [...]

The Media and The Taliban

The Media and The Taliban

By Malik Siraj Akbar In Pakistan’s most populated city of Karachi, a deadly battle waged by the Taliban against the country’s independent news media is alarmingly getting out of the control of government authorities. The Muslim extremist group is the newest but the most lethal among many actors that unleash brute force to gain control [...]

Revisiting the Alamdar Road Tragedy

Revisiting the Alamdar Road Tragedy

By Asif Magsi Today 10th January, marks the first anniversary of Alalmdar Road Quetta blast in which as many as 106 people were killed while around 1970 remained  injured in a twin blast. The blast took place at a snooker hall when at about 8:50 p.m. a suicide bomber blew up himself inside the snooker [...]

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

By Malik Siraj Akbar A few prominent Bangladeshi writers have also begun to publicly endorse theirgovernment’s demand that Pakistan should apologize for the war crimes of 1971 during the country’s freedom struggle. Tahmima Anam, a Bangladeshi novelist, sought a similar apology from Pakistan in an article in the New York Times on December 26, 2013. Interestingly, she hadn’t been born [...]