Balochhal: The First online Baloch English newspaper
I am very glad to announce the launching of the first online Baloch newspaper in English language.
The Balochhal will bring a Baloch perspective to its readers on different issues. The online newspaper will objectively report from Balochistan, offer candid opinion, in-depth analyses, revealing interviews, investigative reports and fresh photographs.
The picture from Balochistan is too large to cover. The eyes of the whole world are currently focused on Balochistan which is, at the same time, one of the most underreported regions in the world. The need for Balochhal was desperately felt in the wake of an increasing demand for news and information from Balochistan.
The Balochhal, which is a Balochi word for Baloch news, intends to bring the news from Balochistan as it happens. We are a team of young media professionals without biases towards any religion or political ideology. Ours is a liberal and secular policy under which we will provide equal coverage to all stakeholders in Balochistan.
I know the site still looks very chaotic at the moment. Worse still, it appears to be a one-man show. I am sure we will overcome our shortcomings very soon and manage to operate like a regular online newspaper. Firstly, we waited to get all facilities — the money, a big office, experienced English language journalists, a network of bureau offices, stringers and correspondents in all district headquarters —before starting. Then I realized that I was not being very realistic. After all, I am working in Pakistan’s poorest province where people are striving to get clean drinking water and basic education. Therefore, it was unreasonable to expect the people of Balochistan to give up their “priorities” (search for water and education, among many others) and come to help us.
Thus, my team reached to the conclusion that no matter what circumstances prevail in Balochistan, we desperately needed an online newspaper. Until we put something to the people, people will not move forward to cooperate. The only answer we will probably get from them is, “you carry on, we are always with you.”
I hope my people will help to make this newspaper a success.