Journalism in Balochistan is a murky world where press releases and catchy headlines may cost reporters their lives.
The “kidnapping” of Siddiq Eido, a senior journalist and an activist of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and his friend Mohammad Yousaf from Pasni is very disturbing. It simply shows a new depressing dimension of the worsening conflict in Balochistan under which the media and human rights activists are being systematically targeted presumably … Read more
By Malik Siraj Akbar “I really don’t understand your (Pakistani) people,” regretted this Indian journalist fellow who was also one of the organizers of the recently held India-Pakistan conference: A roadmap towards peace in New Delhi. It was a tea break. Both of us walked slowly out of the conference hall of India International Center … Read more
The Baloch Hal Editorial January 4th, 2010 By Malik Siraj Akbar With the commencement of the new year, 2010, children of the missing Baloch persons have established a hunger strike camp in front of Quetta Press Club. The composition of the camp is very diverse. These children come from different districts of Balochistan. Their ‘missing’ … Read more
Pakistan’s chief justice Ifthakar Mohammad Chaudhary emerged as an icon of justice when the country’s former dictator General Pervez Musharraf removed him on the charges of corruption and nepotism. One issue that remarkably contributed to the deposed, and now reinstated, chief justice’s popularity was the issue of the missing persons. His supporters said Chaudhary had … Read more
By Malik Siraj Akbar Violence broke out in various districts of Balochistan on Monday after the recovery of the dead body of another Baloch nationalist leader who had been allegedly whisked away by the state-controlled intelligence agencies. Khalil Ahmed Baloch, the secretary general of the Baloch National Movement (BNM), whose chairman Ghulam Mohammad Baloch and … Read more
I spoke in an hour-long talk show on the Vice of America (Urdu Service) tonight about the abduction of John Solecki. Reputed broadcaster, Nafisa Hoodbhoy, hosted the show. The other guests included Dr. Hakeem Lehri, the central leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Irfan Saeed, the bureau chief of Online News Agency [ which … Read more
By Sanaullah Baloch IN the last six decades a significant number of so-called state leaders have been prosecuted and brought before various domestic and international courts and tribunals for their official and unofficial crimes against humanity and genocide. Unfortunately, the most unpopular state leaders have enjoyed lifetime immunity in domestic and foreign courts for their … Read more