B.L.F. Vs. B.B.C.

A recent warning from the underground Baloch Liberation Front (B.L.F.) to Mr. Ayub Tareen, the Quetta correspondent of BBC’s Urdu and Pashtu services, is deeply alarming. What was reported by the News Network International (N.N.I.) and published in Urdu language Daily Tawar, the warning is the first of its kind when an armed group has publicly … Continue reading

Baluchistan’s Press Under Siege

By Malik Siraj Akbar Reporters in Pakistan’s conflict-stricken province of Baluchistan have been organizing to display their anger against the continued death threats they have been receiving from government secret services, religious militant groups, and armed nationalist organizations. Their most recent demonstration on October 1 was only one in a string of protests to confront … Continue reading

The Kidnapping of Another Baloch Journalist

Javid Naseer Rind, the former Deputy Editor of Daily Tawar, a leading anti-government Baloch newspaper published in Urdu language, was kidnapped on Saturday by unidentified people. Friends and family members of Mr. Rind, who is a widely respected newspaper columnist and a reporter, have raised fingers at the state intelligence agencies for whisking him away. … Continue reading

An Undemocratic Attack on Daily Tawar

In two repeated incidents last week, Daily Tawar, a respected Urdu language newspaper of Balochistan, came under attack by the activists of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Mohiuddin faction), the student wing of the Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal). In the first event, enraged BSO activists burnt copies of the newspaper in Khuzdar district, which is a … Continue reading

Boots, guns, tanks now come to Daily Balochistan Express/ Azadi

<img By Malik Siraj Akbar “I told the forces deployed outside my office that I was a journalist not a “terrorist”,” recalls Rashid Baloch [name changed], a reporter affiliated with Quetta-based daily Balochistan Express. Rashid, 25, was on his way for the morning shift at the newspaper office located a few hundred meters away from … Continue reading

An Appeal for John Solecki’s release

I hope the kidnappers of John Solecki are reading these lines or someone would help these words reach them. Throughout my journalistic career, I have been an ardent supporter of the Baloch struggle for self-determination. I am glad many Baloch leaders do listen to me. They apparently agreee that the Baloch journalists and intellectuals also … Continue reading