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BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

BOOK REVIEW: The Call for Transnational Jihad

By Malik Siraj Akbar The American government and the public had very limited understanding of Islamist extremist groups and their global jihadist ambitions before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Afterwards, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama strictly limited the war on terror to extremist groups like al-Qaeda that had openly waged a [...]

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

The Future of Baloch Nationalism After Nawab Marri

Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the prominent Baloch nationalist leader finally passed away without brokering a deal with any of the Pakistani governments to end the  ongoing conflict in Balochistan. The veteran Baloch leader, who passed away on Tuesday, remained firm on his demand for a free Baloch country. His commitment to his principles has transformed [...]

Nawab Marri: The Steadfast Baloch

Nawab Marri: The Steadfast Baloch

Note: The Baloch Hal editor-in-chief Malik Siraj Akbar, in 2008, interviewed Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, the veteran Baloch nationalist leader who passed away on Tuesday. We are reproducing his interview considering its relevance to his political career.  By Malik Siraj Akbar Nawab Khair Baksh Marri’s meaningful silence over the past many decades has been a [...]

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

Pakistan: The “Last Chance” for Girls’ Education

By Malik Siraj Akbar  A religious extremist group that is determined to prevent girls from going to schoolin Pakistan’s Balochistan province left a bizarre warning on Tuesday outside a private school: “This is your last chance,” read a hand-written threatening letter that had been affixed outside the main entrance of the best known local school, the [...]

The War Against Girls’ Education in Pakistan

The War Against Girls’ Education in Pakistan

By Malik Siraj Akbar Throughout the years of turmoil and instability in Pakistan, the education sector has remained a central target of all parties engaged in armed conflicts. Enraged over the threats from an underground Islamic extremist organization that led to the forceful closure of girls’ schools in Pakistan’s largest province of Balochistan earlier this month, the public [...]

An Outside Insider

An Outside Insider

By Naeema Saeed Pakistani news channels are working 24/7. They are reporting on all the issues in which public is interested and in their hassle, they overlook the issues of public interest.  Concerns like Balochistan crisis slip the sight unless some serious journalists with real urge to report come forward. Malik Siraj Akbar is one [...]

Pakistan’s Boko Haram

Pakistan’s Boko Haram

By Malik Siraj Akbar While Pakistan’s federal government continues to give in to the Taliban pressure, women and school children in one small Pakistan-Iran border town in southwestern Balochistan province are offering unprecedented resistance against calls by Islamic extremists to shut down girls’ schools. Pakistan has featured in the recent times in the western media for attacks on girls’ [...]

How We Should Protect Girls’ Schools in Balochistan

How We Should Protect Girls’ Schools in Balochistan

A couple of recent attacks on private schools and a widely circulated threatening letter from a covert religious extremist group has triggered restlessness among school administrators, female student and their parents in Panjgur district. A relatively unknown religious extremist group has asked all private schools to stop educating girls. The reason provided by the armed [...]

The Rise and Fall of Pakistan’s Independent News Media

The Rise and Fall of Pakistan’s Independent News Media

By Malik Siraj Akbar A week after the shocking assassination attempt on Pakistan’s prominent television talk-show host, Hamid Mir, Islamabad has failed to locate and arrest the perpetrators. The Pakistani government has deflected attention from the whole issue of the attack on the senior journalist by instead recommending punitive action against Mr. Mir’sGeo Television, Pakistan’s biggest private news channel, for suspecting the [...]

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

By Malik Siraj Akbar When the U.S. government provided me political asylum in 2011, I knew I was leaving behind several courageous journalist colleagues in Pakistan who would have to report under death threats every single day. Pakistan has consistently rankedamong the world’s deadliest places for journalists where they routinely receive deadly warnings from non-state actors, such as [...]

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