Rifts in PPP and the future of Balochistan coalition

By Malik Siraj Akbar The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Balochistan now pretends to have amicably surmounted all internal differences which exceedingly overshadowed President Asif Ali Zardari’s first visit to the troubled province last week. Five disillusioned PPP ministers –Sadiq Umrani, Babu Mohammad Amin Umrani, Jan Ali Changazi, Agha Irfan Karim and Isfandar Kakar – … Continue reading

A new political crisis in Balochistan

I spoke tonight in a 30-minute talk show on the Voice of America (VOA), Urdu Service, about the new political crisis that has developed in Balochistan. Five Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ministers were sacked today by chief minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani. However, the notification for their resignations was withheld at the eleventh hour after … Continue reading


Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a remote area of Balochistan province, that five women were buried alive, allegedly by the younger brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, the provincial minister and a prominent leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, the ruling party. However, police have still not arrested the … Continue reading