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The End of Pakistan’s Baloch Insurgency?


By Malik Siraj Akbar 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 exacerbates, Islamabad will … Continue reading

The Mass Graves of Balochistan


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 against unarmed civilians. Hence, the … Continue reading

Meeting with Noam Chomsky


Professor Noam Chomsky is indeed one of the greatest thinkers of our time. I was introduced to him for the first time by my English language teacher Sir Zahir Hussain in my hometown of Panjgur in Balochistan. He assigned me Chomsky’s book Necessary Illusions as a reading task. Mr. Hussain had previously introduced me with Bertrand Russell, the biggest philosophical … Continue reading

From Balochistan to Harvard 


I was born and raised in Panjgur, a small Pakistan-Iran border town in Balochistan. Larger than France area wise, the Balochistan region is divided between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In all these three countries, Balochistan ranks as the poorest and the least developed region. My mom is from the Iranian Balochistan while my dad comes … Continue reading

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri


By Malik Siraj Akbar  Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the prominent Baloch nationalist leader, finally passed away without brokering a deal with any of the Pakistani governments to end the  ongoing conflict in Balochistan. The veteran Baloch leader, who passed away on Tuesday, remained firm on his demand for a free Baloch country. His commitment to his … Continue reading

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education


By Malik Siraj Akbar A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to schoolin 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 best known local school, the … Continue reading

The War Against Education in Pakistan


By Malik Siraj Akabr 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 Balochistan earlier this month, the … Continue reading

Pakistan’s Boko Haram


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 times in the western media for attacks on girls’ education, destruction of schools … Continue reading

An Inside Outsider


Naeema Saeed, a journalist for Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper, interviewed me for the Sunday Plus magazine. The interview focused on the Balochistan conflict, the state of the media, my book and the future of Pakistan. It was published on May 25, 2014. You can read the online version of the interview by clicking here.

VOA Interview: Amnesty International Report on Pakistani Media


I appeared on Friday on Voice of America‘s weekly show Access Point with Ayesha Tanzeem to speak about the recent Amnesty International Report about the dangerous state of the media in Pakistan. I mentioned how the intelligence agencies in Pakistan routinely contact journalists for ‘friendly advice’ and then end up threatening them to toe a line that … Continue reading

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