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Breakthrough in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.19.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

For the firs time in nine years, the Pakistani government has managed to hold direct talks with one prominent secessionist tribal chief from Balochistan in a fresh attempt to end the ongoing violent insurgency in the gas-rich province.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Betrayal in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In Balochistan, only one man, the chief minister, has benefited from the conflict between Islamabad and the Baloch separatists. He has betrayed both the sides without even making them notice. Who wouldn't blame the Indians if the price is so awesome?

Hunter Stuart

This Pakistani Activist Is Taking His Fight Against Extremism Worldwide

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

Back home in Pakistan, he's been arrested at protests, gone head-to-head with radical clerics and even received death threats from (allegedly) the Tal...

Courage in the Face of Fear: Remembering Sabeen Mahmud

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Pakistan lost a beloved, courageous leader last Friday night. If there is one thing that everyone who had the privilege of knowing Sabeen Mahmud understood, it is that above all else, she loved Pakistan and believed it was a country worth fighting for -- and, in her case, tragically, worth dying for.

A Brave Pakistani Activist Is Killed: But More Will Speak Up

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

This tragedy should remind the educated Pakistanis that silencing people because of difference of opinion is not fiction but a reality that the people of Balochistan experience every single day.

The End of Pakistan's Baloch Insurgency?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

After one year of continued fighting, the Baloch insurgents appear frustrated with the lack of international support for their movement. A decade later, even not a single country supports the free Balochistan movement.

The Mass Graves of Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

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.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Pakistan: The "Last Chance" for Girls' Education

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Pakistani government, repeatedly accused of supporting the anti-education extremist groups, should understand that an educated young population asks hard but intelligent questions whereas an uneducated population will create unimaginable chaos and unrest.

The War Against Education in Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

While extreme positions adopted by the Pakistani government and the Baloch nationalists have escalated and perpetuated the conflict in Balochistan, what is deeply worrying is how both sides have chosen to drag their battles inside educational institutions instead of fighting them in political battlegrounds.

Pakistan's Boko Haram

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In grand protests joined by thousands of people to fight back against religious extremists, the people of Balochistan have given their judgment: there is no room for Boko Haram in Balochistan. The Pakistani government should now hear the people's verdict and fulfil its responsibilities.

Why Pakistan Is Embarrassed to Talk About Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Roshan Ghimire, a contributor to Story South Asia, interviewed me about the conflict in Balochistan. The interview focused on the left-wing secular Baloch nationalist movement that seeks a separate Baloch state, worsening human-rights conditions and increasing challenges for journalists.

America and Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.21.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The support for the Baloch from a few congressmen is deeply laudable although insufficient considering American's influence on global politics.

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

A few prominent Bangladeshi writers have begun to publicly endorse their government's demand that Pakistan should apologize for the war crimes of 1971 during the country's freedom struggle. What some writers termed as "history" are actually current affairs to me and the people of my generation from Pakistan's largest province of Balochistan.

Prioritizing Peace in Balochistan

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Peace is possible in Balochistan and across the land but it will require a willingness to differentiate between absolutist religious zealotry and resource-driven provincial nationalism.

Will Balochistan Vote in Pakistan's Next Elections?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan currently faces extraordinary challenges of law and order. This year's security threats are alarming across Pakistan, particularly in volatile Balochistan, which remains the focus of political observers' interest.

Pakistan's War Against Human Rights Watch

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Reports issued by H.R.W. and other human rights groups are professional analyses of different countries. It is absolutely irresponsible and unethical to respond to such criticism with personal attacks on individual professionals affiliated with these organizations.

More Journalists Are Slain as a Culture of Impunity Thrives in Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 01.18.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Lack of action on the part of the Pakistani government against those who attack the media is increasingly undermining freedom of the press and also jeopardizing the safety of journalists and their families.

Pakistan's Other Taliban

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

There are scores of reasons why we should fear the rapid rise of the LeJ and Pakistani government's inaction against it.

Disappearances in Pakistan: The U.N. Mission Must Succeed

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

This visit may give impetuous to international calls to the Pakistani government to end suspected extrajudicial practices and punish officials responsible for the countless cases of forced disappearance.

Pakistan's Mobile Phone Curfew

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.20.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan is the home to millions of mobile phone users and robust political movements. An effort to curtail people's freedom of expression and access to digital information may lead to serious confrontation between the government and the citizens.

Security Forces, Blamed for Rights Abuses, Irk Pakistan's Supreme Court

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.02.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In an extraordinary institutional confrontation, Pakistan's Supreme Court says the country's paramilitary forces should stop human rights abuses in the country's largest province of Balochistan or face prosecution.

What's Happening on Pakistan's Main Street?

Saad Khan | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Saad Khan

The real stakeholders of Pakistan have no interest left in the political upheavals or the controversial decisions churned out by the Pakistani Supreme Court. They are more concerned about the power crisis and the law and order situation.

Threatened Pakistani Journalist Seeks Asylum in Australia

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

As a reporter for Pakistan's first English-language independent news outlet, Hussain began to explore critical issues with more freedom. This coverage, however, cost him a heavy price, as he began receiving threatening phone calls.