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

Balochistan situation getting bleaker by the day

THE HINDU, Wednesday, Sep 02, 2009 Opinion – News Analysis Balochistan situation getting bleaker by the day By Malik Siraj Akbar On August 26, Pakistan’s volatile Balochistan province marked the third death anniversary of its slain leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, amid widespread violence. Ten people were killed; several gas pipelines blown up and electricity pylons … 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

A Home-grown Conflict

A Home-grown Conflict By Malik Siraj Akbar 11 August 2009, 12:00am IST When the first Baloch insurgency broke out in 1948 to resist the illegal and forceful annexation of the Baloch-populated autonomous Kalat state with Pakistan, Manmohan Singh – today Indian prime minister – was barely a teenager while his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani … Continue reading

Zardari uncle please don’t snatch our smiles!

I am truly appalled by a recent official decision to punish people who send anti-government SMS or e-mails. This is a disappointing decision coming from a democratically elected government. This clearly shows the level of intolerance among Pakistan’s so-called democrats. We know who fears these text messages? Guess who? Lol. You are all smart guys … Continue reading

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

Threat to secular Balochistan?

By Malik Siraj Akbar Monday, 09 Mar, 2009 | 09:04 AM PST | Nothing embarrasses and irks Pakistani spymasters more than the issue of Talibanisation in Quetta. Over the years, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly protested against the alleged protection provided by Islamabad to Mullah Omar, the one-eyed spiritual cleric and reclusive leader of … Continue reading


After the horrifying story of the forced sex slavery of Zarina Marri, a young Baloch schoolteacher, at the hands of Pakistani military agencies was brought to light, many people – including members of ‘civil society’ and otherwise vocal defenders of human rights – have requested ‘verification’ of the story, which they assert needs to come … Continue reading

Faiz Baluch is ‘casualty of post-9/11 geo-politics’

From Times Online January 5, 2009 Asylum seeker Faiz Baluch is ‘casualty of post-September 11th geo-politics’ By Fran Yeoman An asylum seeker on trial for allegedly inciting terrorist murder in Pakistan is not a criminal but a casualty of post-September 11th geo-politics and the alliances forged between Britain, America and the Musharraf regime, a court … Continue reading

Legacy of Ashes: The history of the CIA

REVIEW: Legacy of Ashes: The history of the CIA By Malik Siraj Akbar The performance of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), America’s foremost external spying body, is a matter of constant concern for the intelligence experts who wonder if the clandestine organization has what it takes to fight America’s war against terrorism. Not many security … Continue reading