Will the Real BNP Stand Up,Please?

Balochistan’s first ever elected chief minister and the patron-in-chief of the Balochistan National Party Sardar Attaullah Mengal told BBC in a fresh interview that he opposed the target killings of Punjabis in Balochistan. Disassociating from the current wave of ethnic strife in the province, which has driven thousands of Punajbis out of Balochistan, the veteran … 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

End of Jalib Murder Investigation?

By Malik Siraj Akbar Former BNP secretary General Habib Jalib, who was shot dead in Quetta on July 14th by unidentified persons, is perhaps the only “lucky” political figure in this country to get his murderers identified within a “very short” period of one month. Pakistan has had a history of several high-profile murders, including … Continue reading

Doctors’ Agonizing Strike

By Malik Siraj Akbar Doctors in Balochistan have been on a strike for almost one month now. They are protesting the enforced disappearance of Baloch people in general and three Baloch doctors in particular. The strike call is backed by Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association. According to the enraged doctors, the state intelligence agencies have expanded … Continue reading

Combating Harassment At Workplace

By Malik Siraj Akbar It was reassuring to hear provincial minister for women’s welfare, Ms. Ghazala Gola, promise in a seminar organized by the Aurat Foundation that she would start the implementation of the “Protection Against Harassment of Women At The Work Place Act 2010″ from her own office by displaying a list comprising of … Continue reading

What Bothers Them: Fake Degrees Or Democracy?

By Malik Siraj Akbar What could be the best option available for aviation authorities when they desperately feel the need for bringing down an airline in the middle of its journey because someone among the passengers managed to board the flight with a fake boarding pass? In such a situation, bringing down the entire aircraft … Continue reading

Sungi’s conference on Balochistan

By Malik Siraj Akbar I met Sheik Asad Rehman, Director Programs at Sungi Development Foundation and a veteran of 1970s Baloch war of resistance, at the residence of a senior Baloch government official. Asad had come to Quetta on a short trip to make initial arrangements for an upcoming conference on Balochistan being organized by … Continue reading

Imposing Arabic language on Baloch children

By Malik Siraj Akbar With a longstanding demand of Baloch and Pashtun nationalists over the past many years in Balochistan concerning the introduction of mother tongues (Balochi, Pashtu and Bravi) as the medium of instruction at the educational institutions, the government of Balochistan stunned everyone on Friday with its ridiculous decision to introduce Arabic language … 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

Religion as a panacea for Baloch nationalism

By Malik Siraj Akbar Striking Quetta’s Civil Hospital on April 16, 2010, a young Baloch suicide bomber, Haq Nawaz Baloch, killed at least eleven people, including two top police officials and a television journalist. This attack was dissimilar from ones previously carried out by Baloch nationalist guerrilla fighters against government installations and its security forces. … Continue reading