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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 [...]

The God Who Failed

The God Who Failed

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court,Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, considered himself as a god and acted as a judicial dictator. His eventful stint has finally come to an end. There are as many views about his legacy as there are cases (read fights) he picked up during his term as the country’s top judge. Some [...]

Iran’s Border Violations in Balochistan

Iran’s Border Violations in Balochistan

Tensions are brewing on Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan. To explicitly explain the situation, on needs to borrow a term or two from the contemporary Pakistani political lexicon. The Iranians are violating our “sovereignty”. The Pakistanis routinely use the term “sovereignty” only to refer to the drone strikes launched by the United States. But there are [...]

The Mama Qadeer Factor

The Mama Qadeer Factor

Mama Qadeer Baloch, the leader of the recent 750-kilometer long march from Quetta to Karachi, is not a prominent politician or a leading cleric. He still managed to draw an impressive crowed in a seminar held at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, December 10, which was the International Human Rights Day. Mama Qadeer is the [...]

Bizenjo’s Ultimatum

Bizenjo’s Ultimatum

Veteran Baloch nationalist leader Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo, whose party’s president Dr. Malik Baloch was appointed as Balochistan’s first non-tribal chief minister earlier this year, has conceded that his party has only been granted access to power but no actual political authority to make decisions. His statement was sort of an admission of the current [...]