The First Night of Torture Cell

By Malik Siraj Akbar “Sometimes when my uncles got together, they would go into a corner and talk about a mysterious thing called sex. It sounded wonderful. I prayed that it would not go away before I grew up.” [The Other Side of Me, Sidney Sheldon] I was born during Zia-ul-Haq’s military regime. Normally many … Continue reading

The never investigated killing of three Baloch leaders

By Malik Siraj Akbar While brutally shooting three top Baloch nationalist leaders last month at an unknown location near Turbat district, the murderers must have been comforted that no genuine investigation would ever follow to trail their roots. The eyewitnesses who saw Balochistan National Movement chairman Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, vice president Lala Munir Ahmed Baloch … Continue reading

An exclusive interview of Jamil Akbar Bugti

Editor’s note: This is an old interview of Jamil Akbar Bugti, a son of Nawab Mohammad Akbar Bugti. It was conducted in August 2007 but was, subsequently, misplaced until I found it from an old floppy desk. I am uploading the interview again keeping in view the fact that not much has changed in Balochistan … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: BLUF rejects UN appeal for direct contact

The Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF), which has taken hostage the American head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for the past two weeks, spurned on Wednesday a plea of the United Nations (UN) for direct negotiations with the kidnappers for the release of the world body’s senior official, John Solecki. The … Continue reading

John Solecki and Qambar Baloch—A reminder to the people of the USA and UN

Now that only a few hours are to go from the deadline given by the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF) about the release of John Solecki, I have to utter a few words to the Americans. Never before in my life time have I been so badly disappointed with the people of the United States … Continue reading

“We fear extinction” Nawab Khair Buksh Marri ::

An Interview of Nawab Khair Baksh Marri By Rashed Rahman Courtesy: The Post , Pakistan We start with the fact that the fifth military operation is on in Balochistan for the last six or seven years. We need to look into its reasons. As we explore this question, we are likely to come up with … Continue reading

Radicalised Balochi culture in the wake of conflict

By Malik Siraj Akbar The conflict in Balochistan in the past few years – involving a low-level insurgency, an aggressive military operation, numerous enforced disappearances and the murder of two key Baloch nationalist leaders – has tremendously radicalised the Baloch culture, signs of which are visible in Balochi films, music and poetry. Previously known for … Continue reading

Crossing the rubicon By Munizae Jahangir

(Courtesy: The Friday Times, Lahore) The establishment has been forced to forget the sins of Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, but other politicians have not been so lucky. One such politician is Khair Baksh Marri’s son, Gazain, who has been living in exile in Dubai for the last eight years. When I finally meet him … Continue reading

Wait a little, please

I know many of you have visited my blog to read the latest Exclusive Interview I conducted with Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti. Actually, I was taking a little time to come up with the whole text of the interview on my own blog. I will try to bring you that interview as soon as possible. Wait … Continue reading

Govt withdraws all perks to ‘renegade’ Bugti commanders

The government of Balochistan has announced a withdrawal of all perks and privileges – including the use of state vehicles and security – enjoyed by ‘renegade’ commanders formerly associated with late Nawab Akbar Bugti. According to the sources, the announcement was made following a decision by these commanders to draw back support for the government, … Continue reading