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Two Days in Harvard 


  I spent my weekend at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The Kennedy School of Government had organized a New Admit Day on April 4 while Harvard University arranged the One Harvard event on April 5 to provide the newly admitted students an opportunity to meet their future class fellows, the faculty, staff members and current … Continue reading

School Decision


I have finally made up my mind: I am going to Harvard. The Columbia Journalism School, where I also got accepted for the Master’s Program, had always been my dream school. But I see more benefits in an MPA from Harvard [Kennedy School of Government] for me in terms of career advancement. I believe I … Continue reading

Acceptance at Harvard and Columbia


Last week, I received acceptance letters for Master’s programs from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Columbia Journalism School. I don’t know how many times people have said, “it felt like a dream” but I would still understand what an inexplicable feeling it is to be accepted at a world-class school, such … Continue reading

19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again


19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again – http://huff.to/1hFLxll

A black hole for media in Balochistan


Karlos Zurutuza has a wonderful article in Al-Jazeera English about  the lack of media coverage of Balochistan. Karlos is probably the only journalist who has reported from Eastern [Iranian], Western [Pakistani] and North [Afghan] Balochistan. In August 2001, Karlos had interviewed me for Spanish newspaper GARA. His Al-Jazeera article also quotes me. Here are the … Continue reading

ہزارہ نا ہونے کا ڈر


تحریر: ملک سراج اکبر یہ بات صرف نا ماننے کی حد تک تو درست ہے کہ انسان پیدائشی طور پر خود غرض نہیں ہوتاورنہ ہم سب پیداہونے سے لے کر مرنے تک زندگی کے ہر موڈ پر خود غرض ہی ہوتے ہیں۔ خودغرض ہونا اچھی بات تو نہیں لیکن زندگی میں کچھ مواقع ایسے آہی … Continue reading

Pakistan’s Post-2014 Chaos


By Malik Siraj Akbar 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 two days after the worst terrorist attack on foreigners in neighboring … Continue reading

The Media and the Taliban


By Malik Siraj Akbar 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 control … Continue reading

The General Pakistan Can’t Punish


By Malik Siraj Akbar The Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, during his recent visit to Islamabad, brushed aside suggestions that his country was planning a deal to provide a safe passage to Pakistan’s former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf. Prior to his visit, speculation was rife that Musharraf would flee the country under a covert deal between … Continue reading

No Exit From Pakistan: Is Curtailing Islamabad’s U.S. Aid a Policy Option?


By Malik Siraj Akbar There are few countries in the world whose weaknesses have translated into their strengths. Perpetually unstable, Pakistan, the world’s only nuclear-armed Muslim state, is one. Widespread concerns about the safety of Pakistan’s nukes make it extremely hard for the United States to easily ignore or abandon the country. Washington may pillory military rule … Continue reading

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