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Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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.

Pakistan's Worsening Hazara Crisis

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.16.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Governor of Pakistan's lawless Balochistan province says the Army may be summoned in the provincial capital city, Quetta, after a dramatic escalation in ethnic and sectarian violence.

In Pakistan, the Hazaras Are Punished Over Race and Religion

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.06.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Currently, the Pakistani government does not have a clear policy on how to protect basic rights of communities such as the Hazaras, who face dual discrimination because of their race and also religious belief.

Pipeline Diplomacy With Iran and Pakistan

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Threatening Pakistan with sanctions over an energy project with Iran will only worsen U.S.-Pakistan relations and make it even more likely that the country will espouse more malevolent partnerships.

Censorship Returns to Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The future of a stable and democratic Pakistan largely hinges upon a free and fair press.

The New Colony - Balochistan

Assed Baig | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Assed Baig

Freedom for the Baloch people is not the primary concern for the US, but countering China is.

Pakistan Unites Against Rohrabacher's Pro-Baloch Congressional Resolution

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Baloch ethnic minority justifiably wonders if Balochistan was actually Pakistan's internal matter, why the country's politicians did not ever unite in the past six decades to call for an end to the military operation and exploitation of the Baloch.

Pakistan Vs. Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

What began as a mere demand for maximum internal autonomy until recently, brutal state violence has taken the movement to a point of no-return where the irreconcilable young Balochs seek absolute independence.

Pakistan's Colonial State of Mind Keeps Baloch in Chains

Michael Hughes | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Michael Hughes

American politicians were quick to condemn monsters like Gaddafi for human rights atrocities but are still reluctant to do the same with Pakistan. There isn't a military solution to this crisis.