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Malik Siraj Akbar
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Malik Siraj Akbar is an Edward Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). He is the Vice President Communications in the Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG) and the Web Editor of student newspaper, The Citizen.
Akbar is an exiled Pakistani journalist, South Asia analyst, blogger and newspaper editor. He is the editor-in-chief of The Baloch Hal, the first online English newspaper of Balochistan. He was a 2012 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and, a 2010-11 Fulbright Hubert. H. Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University. Akbar is the author of Pakistan: A Broken Democracy (2015) and the Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement. In 2006-2010, Akbar served as the Bureau Chief of Pakistan's liberal English language publications, Daily Times, and The Friday Times in the country's largest province of Balochistan.
Akbar's struggle for press freedom in his native Balochistan has been profiled by CNN, BBC World and the Washington Post.
Newsweek Pakistan called Akbar "the star Baloch reporter of his generation" while Huffington Post Live termed him a "real mouthpiece for the oppressed."

Entries by Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan's Yemen Gamble

(11) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Pakistan, the world's only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, is also the sole non-Arab country that has officially indicated to support the Saudi-led strikes against the Houthi fighters in Yemen. Pakistan is not in the Middle East nor is the conflagrations of this conflict capable of...

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The Revival of Military Supremacy

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 3:25 PM

In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, legislators in Pakistan are contemplating a constitutional amendment to authorize army officers to administer courts. Military courts are contrary to the fundamental idea and the core principles of democracy. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took this desperate decision...

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The End of Pakistan's Baloch Insurgency?

(9) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Since its beginning in 2004, the Pakistan's Baloch insurgency is caught up in the worst infighting ever known to the general public. Different left-wing underground armed groups that had been fighting Islamabad for a free Baloch homeland have now started to attack each other's camps. If the infighting...

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The Mass Graves of Balochistan

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:33 PM

The state-sponsored inquiry committees formed in Pakistan in recent times to probe scandalous crimes have shockingly narrowed down their overall scope to one specific goal: Prove the government's innocence. Marred with a chronic lack of public trust, the government and the military intelligence agencies are often blamed for atrocious crimes...

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The Call for Transnational Jihad by Arif Jamal

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:46 PM

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...

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The Taliban Revival

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:30 PM

The Taliban have never enjoyed popular public support in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. For more than a decade, they, along with their foreign mentors, such as al Qaeda, have come under consistent military operations, drone strikes, arrests and frequent negotiation offers. None of these military and political tactics have managed...

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By Changing India Policy, Nawaz Sharif Can Change Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:34 PM

The recent Indian elections were keenly observed in neighboring Pakistan. In May 2013, Pakistan had overwhelmingly voted for Nawaz Sharif, the head of the right-wing Pakistan Muslim League (P.M.L.) to become the country's prime minister for a third term while the Indians also voted for a controversial Hindu nationalist leader,...

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Pakistan: The "Last Chance" for Girls' Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:03 PM

A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to school in 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...

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The War Against Education in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:52 PM

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...

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Pakistan's Boko Haram

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 7:33 PM

While Pakistan's federal government continues to give in to the Taliban pressure, women and school children in one small Pakistan-Iran border town in southwestern Balochistan province are offering unprecedented resistance against calls by Islamic extremists to shut down girls' schools. Pakistan has featured in the recent...

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The Rise and Fall of Pakistan's Independent News Media

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:50 PM

A week after the shocking assassination attempt on Pakistan's prominent television talk-show host, Hamid Mir, Islamabad has failed to locate and arrest the perpetrators. The Pakistani government has deflected attention from the whole issue of the attack on the senior journalist by instead recommending...

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Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:12 PM

When the U.S. government provided me political asylum in 2011, I knew I was leaving behind several courageous journalist colleagues in Pakistan who would have to report under death threats every single day. Pakistan has consistently ranked among the world's deadliest places for journalists where they...

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Why Pakistan Is Embarrassed to Talk About Balochistan

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 8:30 PM

Roshan Ghimire, a contributor to Story South Asia, a website dedicated to all things South Asia, interviewed me about the conflict in Balochistan. Renowned Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid recently described the battle in Balochistan as "Pakistan's other war." The interview focused on the left-wing...

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America and Balochistan

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 6:16 AM

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...

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Pakistan's Post-2014 Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:33 AM

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P.), in their deadliest attack on the Pakistani security forces so far in 2014, killed at least 20 personnel in a bomb blast on Sunday, January 19, in Bannu district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the country's northwest. The bombing took place...

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The Media and the Taliban

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 3:54 PM

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...

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The General Pakistan Can't Punish

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Speculations are rife that Pakistan's former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf will flee the country based on a covert deal between the country's civil and military leadership and the usual mediator, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis exercise remarkable influence on Pakistan's domestic politics....

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From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

(10) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 11:04 AM

A few prominent Bangladeshi writers have also begun to publicly endorse their government'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...

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Causes and Implications of Deepening Pakistan-Bangladesh Tensions

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 5:39 PM

The execution of a top Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (BJI) leader on December 12 on war crime charges and the Pakistani parliament's subsequent expression of "concern" over it have sparked an unprecedented diplomatic row between Dhaka and Islamabad. While the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shiek Hasina

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Pakistan Divided Over Slain Taliban Chief's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 8:29 AM

The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P.), an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in a drone strike in Pakistan's lawless tribal region on Friday is a spectacular counter-insurgency gain for the United States. The State Department had enlisted the T.T.P. among the

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