PANJGUR DIARY: Dr. Abid Shah


By Malik Siraj Akbar I am not kind of anti-cliché. Clichés sound good only if they are repeated at a pertinent time. One such statement that I have repeatedly cited while writing about Balochistan is by Martin Niemoller about, according to Wikipedia, the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and purging … Continue reading

Story Gained; Life Lost


By Malik Siraj Akbar Balochistan’s entire media family is in the grip of prodigious grief and utter disbelief over the tragic killing of one of the most talented young news cameramen, Ejaz Raisani. Thirty-year old Ejaz, who was killed in indiscriminate firing on a religious rally he was covering as a press cameraman, was laid … Continue reading

Good Bye, Ejaz Raisani


By Malik Siraj Akbar I know what killed Ejaz: The pressure of pleasing his bosses. He wanted to impress them with the good quality of his work. It had been hardly a few days since thirty-year old Ejaz Raisani had joined the news media outlet, Samaa TV. All of us who knew Ejaz very closely … Continue reading

Hard Times to be a Journalist


By Malik Siraj Akbar The title of this column will surely disappoint the brave journalists who cover wars and deadly conflicts. It also comes as a let-down to the aspiring journalists interested in war reporting. Western journalists do contribute to the bulk of war correspondents but their conditions still drastically vary from the circumstances reporters … Continue reading

Raisani’s Anarchic Balochistan


By Malik Siraj Akbar The dead body of a senior Baloch lawyer Zaman Marri, who was “kidnapped” on August 19, 2010, was finally found in Mastung district. The family members of the veteran lawyer identified him when his body was taken to the Bolan Medical College Complex in Quetta. Doctors say Zaman had been tortured … Continue reading

Ban Religious Processions


By Malik Siraj Akbar The BBC Urdu Service, while covering the final burial of several people who were killed in Friday’s suicide bomb blast in Quetta, reported that enraged family members of the victims directly blamed the religious leaders for being responsible for the carnage. Devastated with the grief of losing their sons, the mothers … Continue reading

Mistaking the Enemy


By Malik Siraj Akbar At least seventy five people were killed and two hundred were injured in one of the worst suicide bomb blasts in the history of Balochistan. The blast took place at Mizan Chowk, a popular venue in Quetta for political congregations, when the members of Shia community expressed solidarity with their Palestine … Continue reading

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