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The Limits Of Modi’s Influence On Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Last week, I published two op-eds, one in the Indian Express and one in Pakistan’s Dawn about the recent statements of the Indian Prime Minister Nar...

Modi’s remarks will give Pakistan reason to make arrests, crackdown on Baloch

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.16.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Baloch political leaders and activists have warmly welcomed [Indian] Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statements on Balochistan. Islamabad has ...

Human Rights in Balochistan: A Case Study in Failure and Invisibility

Hamid Yazdan Panah | Posted 03.25.2016 | Home
Hamid Yazdan Panah

Last month a shocking story gained little traction in the mainstream press, despite its horrific implications and brutal reality. A report from Iran e...

Why Is Pakistan Listing Some Journalists as "Terrorists"?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.09.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Pakistani government is intimidating some journalists and drastically curtailing their mobility under a repressive law known as the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

A Protest Outside the White House Highlights Pakistan's Rights Abuses in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 02.13.2017 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

Political leaders, activists and human rights defenders protested outside the White House on Friday February 12th to protest against Pakistan's military actions against opposition political activists and unarmed civilians in the country's resource-rich province of Balochistan.

The Political Assassination of Baloch Leader Dr. Manan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

The killing of a pro-independent Balochistan leader, Dr. Manan, on Saturday by the Pakistani security forces in Mastung is a great setback for establishing peace in volatile Balochistan.

The Man Who Heckled Pakistan's Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Neither interrupting an event is an admirable practice nor is the silencing of the people who speak on behalf of victimized communities. We can't simply shut everybody up. How many hecklers will we silence?

10 Issues Obama Should Raise With Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.20.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan continues to betray democratic values and snub commitments that are essential to democracy. On Thursday, Obama should raise the following ten issues with the leader of the country whose ruling elite thrives on American taxpayers' money.

How Pakistan Negotiates With Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Baloch narrative is loaded with stories recollecting how Islamabad took their willingness to negotiate for granted and converted those occasions as excellent opportunities to humiliate them.

Challenges of Reconciliation in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.27.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Brahamdagh is being nice by agreeing to talk to Islamabad but folks in his family, such as his outspoken uncle Jamil Bugti, has condescendingly reminded him in the local press of the fate of Nawab Bugti, Brahamdagh's grandfather, who was killed soon after opening his doors for Pakistani negotiators.

What is Brahamdagh Bugti Thinking?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Brahamdagh Bugti, an exiled Baloch separatist leader based in Switzerland, has demonstrated his willingness, for the first time in almost a decade, to negotiate with Pakistan to peacefully end the prolonged insurgency in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Breakthrough in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 05.17.2016 | Home
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 | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.08.2015 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

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