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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 [...]

Imran Khan’s Balochistan Lies

Imran Khan’s Balochistan Lies

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan’s recent remarks during his visit to India regarding the latter’s support for the uprising in Balochistan are not only regrettable but also totally misleading. Mr. Khan followed the oft-repeated propaganda manufactured by the  Pakistani military establishment about the alleged Indian involvement in Balochistan without backing his allegations with any [...]

Why The Balochs Have Stopped Voting

Why The Balochs Have Stopped Voting

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Malik Baloch has asked the Baloch separatists and everyone else to “enjoy” the 21st century by giving up arms and joining the “democratic process”. He was speaking in the backdrop of the recent local government elections in which the National Party, of which Dr. Baloch is the president, has done relatively [...]

‘Pakistani Army Involved in Baloch Kidnappings’

‘Pakistani Army Involved in Baloch Kidnappings’

Interview by Shamil Shams   Malik Siraj Akbar is a political expert and the editor-in-chief of Balochistan’s first online English language newspaper, The Baloch Hal. He is the author of The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement, a former Hubert Humphrey Fellow (2010-11) at Arizona State University, and a former Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the [...]

Not Our People

Not Our People

The Defense Ministry has told the Supreme Court of Pakistan that it has identified at least 16 missing persons from the list of the 35 people that Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had presented before the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. This is not a breakthrough in the ongoing hearing on the disappeared people of [...]

Balochistan After Justice Chaudhary

Balochistan After Justice Chaudhary

An ongoing hearing at the Supreme Court of Pakistan about the law and order situation in Balochistan indicates that the judiciary and the executive branches of the government are not on the same page. The Attorney General Munir A. Malik told the Chief Justice, Ifthakar Mohammad Chaudhary, the other day that some of the missing persons [...]

فوج اور جماعت بھائی بھائی

فوج اور جماعت بھائی بھائی

تحریر: ملک سراج اکبر پچھلے سال واشنگٹن ڈی سی میں کتابوں کی مشہور دکان پالیٹکس اینڈ پروز میں ممتاز پاکستانی صحافی احمد رشید کو ان کی نئی کتاب ’’پاکستان ان دا برنک‘‘ کے حوالے سے منعقد ہونے والی ایک تقریب میں سننے کا موقع ملا۔ احمدرشید بلاشبہ طالبان اور افغان امورکے ایک عمدہ محقق و [...]

فرزانہ مجید اور ڈاکٹر مالک

فرزانہ مجید اور ڈاکٹر مالک

تحریر:  ملک سراج اکبر اپنے لاپتہ بھائی ذاکر مجید کی تلاش میں نکلی فرزانہ مجید کے پاوں اٹھارہ دن تک سفر کرنے کے بعدبھی تھکےنہیں ہیں بس تھوڑا زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔ زخموں کی وجہ سے فرزانہ کے پاوں پر اب پٹی باندھ لی گئی ہےلیکن وہ بدستور اپنے بھائی کی تلاش میں رخت سفر ہیں۔جس بھائی [...]

Washington Should End Pakistan’s Military Assistance: Dr. Tara Chand

Washington Should End Pakistan’s Military Assistance: Dr. Tara Chand

By Malik Siraj Akbar Dr. Tara Chand Baloch is the U.S. president of the Balochistan National Party. He formerly served as a Balochistan cabinet minister in Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s government in 1990s. Dr. Baloch, who moved to the United States in early 2000s soon after General Musharraf’s coup in 1999, began his political career as [...]

Why Liberals Failed to Defend Malala

Why Liberals Failed to Defend Malala

By Malik Siraj Akbar During last year’s SAFMA [South Asian Free Media Association] conference, Imtiaz Alam, the organization’s secretary general, grumbled with the chief guest, the then president Asif Ali Zardari, about the government’s inaction against the Pakistani Taliban. Mr. Alam went on to warn the president that if Islamabad did not quash the Taliban, [...]