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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

The Rise and Fall of Pakistan’s Independent News Media

By Malik Siraj Akbar A week after the shocking assassination attempt on Pakistan’s prominent television talk-show host, Hamid Mir, Islamabad has failed to locate and arrest the perpetrators. The Pakistani government has deflected attention from the whole issue of the attack on the senior journalist by instead recommending punitive action against Mr. Mir’sGeo Television, Pakistan’s biggest private news channel, for suspecting the … Continue reading

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

By Malik Siraj Akbar When the U.S. government provided me political asylum in 2011, I knew I was leaving behind several courageous journalist colleagues in Pakistan who would have to report under death threats every single day. Pakistan has consistently rankedamong the world’s deadliest places for journalists where they routinely receive deadly warnings from non-state actors, such as … Continue reading

Al-Jazeera Interview About the Attack on Hamid Mir

I appeared on Al-Jazeera English to speak about the failed assassination attempt on senior Pakistani television journalist Hamid Mir. The interview was aired live in the  news bulletin. I said the I.S.I., Paksitan’s intelligence agency, has had a longstanding tradition of harassing, kidnapping and torturing journalists. Had the allegations about the I.S.I’s involvement in the … Continue reading

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


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