Governor Rule— Unfair Rule

By Malik Siraj Akbar President Asif Ali Zardari has officially signed a decree for the imposition of the governor rule in Balochistan under article 234 of the Constitution. The decision to bring Balochistan under a state of emergency for the next 60 days was made by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in consultation with this … Continue reading

Governor Magsi’s Thunder Embarrasses IG FC

In order to accurately grasp the situation in Balochistan, one needs to understand the undemocratic influence of the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps (FC) over the elected civil administration. Major General Obaidullah Khan, a non-native of Balochistan, says he does not recognize the fresh report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) about Balochsitan. In his … Continue reading

Generosity Beyond Capacity

While speaking at a police passing out ceremony held in Quetta, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani reiterated his offer to Baloch nationalists to initiate a process of negotiation and reconciliation to normalize the heated political climate prevailing in the province. He repeated that the government had not shut down all doors of dialogue … Continue reading

Search for a new governor

By Malik Siraj Akbar Reports have suddenly begun to pour in about a possible change in Governor’s House, Quetta. Such reports cannot be termed as “rumors” or “speculations” for the reason that the incumbent governor of the province, Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, has already tendered his resignation from the office. It has been more than … Continue reading

A governor’s fury

The Baloch Hal Editorial: A governor’s fury By Malik Siraj Akbar Poor governance has been the hallmark of the current provincial government in Balochistan which has appointed forty-nine members of the provincial assembly (MPAs) out of 65 members as ministers in the cabinet. Growing lawlessness, increasing kidnappings and unbounded highway robberies have further dented the … Continue reading

Editorial: Curtail the cabinet to meet police demands

The Baloch Hal Editorial published on Jan 27th, 2010 By Malik Siraj Akbar With the entire police force across Balochistan on a complete strike, threat to citizens’ lives and property has reached its zenith. As the strike seeking an increase in the monthly salaries of the policemen in Balochistan continued for the second day, the … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: “If I compromise on Baloch movement, my followers will kill, replace and forget me,” says Bramdagh Bugti

EXCLUSIVE: By Malik Siraj Akbar A confident Baloch guerrilla commander Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti, 28, believes it is now “impossible” for Islamabad to get him extradited even if he is hiding somewhere in Afghanistan, as claimed by Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik, or elsewhere in the wake of increasing “international moral support” the “ Baloch national … 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

Another Insurgency Gains in Pakistan

Another Insurgency Gains in Pakistan THE NEW YORK TIMES BY CARLOTTA GALL Published: July 11, 2009 TURBAT, Pakistan — Three local political leaders were seized from a small legal office here in April, handcuffed, blindfolded and hustled into a waiting pickup truck in front of their lawyer and neighboring shopkeepers. Their bodies, riddled with bullets … Continue reading

JUST-IN:UN officials meet Nawab Marri unofficially

Many of the readers of this blog keep asking me: “What is your source?” C’mon guys. If a Pakistani citizen asks me this question then I won’t mind it because we do not have a popular and widespread culture of blogging in this country yet. However, in the countries where blogging has established itself as … Continue reading