In the wake of the next general elections, this book is a must-read for all the policymakers and political leaders who want to get a sense of the fundamentals of Balochistan. This book will help join various dots about gaps and policy failures and give an excellent understanding of what the public in Balochistan, whose voices mostly do not reach the rest of the country, want.
Malik Siraj Akbar
The BLA cannot solely hold the license to interpret what it means to be Baluch or what our core values and interests are. Hence, it’s the time for moderate and sensible voices among the Baluch who genuinely believe in justice for the Baluch to openly say that this violence in our name is unacceptable.
In 2009, Imran Khan testified in support of Hyrbyair Marri, who was accused of heading the BLA. Mr. Khan then even went to the extent of justifying the BLA’s right to pick up arms against the State.
It is not as if Baluchistan has not produced these immensely articulate female activists. It’s just that Islamabad has been able to silence and quickly replace Baluchistan’s authentic female voices.
By Malik Siraj Akbar Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has been elected as Baluchistan’s new chief minister for a second term, seemingly as a reward for spearheading a successful rebellion against his predecessor Jam Kamal Khan. They both belong to the… Read More ›
The Speaker is supposed to be neutral. The whole campaign against Kamal indicated that Bizenjo was intentionally promoting dispute within the ruling party to benefit from the situation.
This process seems heavily engineered for Baluchistan’s tribal elite and not the public. The focus is so much on the province’s sardars, their children and grandchildren that the government seems to be missing the whole point about the province and the common citizen.
The people of Baluchistan must not be the scapegoat in this India-Pakistan politics. All the Hazaras deserve is a practical and timely action plan from the government. The country urgently needs a leader who says, “I am responsible” for the protection of my people instead of blaming others.
The Baluch Hal editor Malik Siraj Akbar discusses the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Quetta in Baluchistan to condole with the families of the 11 coal miners killed by the Islamic State in Mach area and why Khan’s trip doesn’t promise much.
Malik Siraj Akbar, editor The Baluch Hal, discusses the background and the context of various armed sectarian groups that operate in Baluchistan, Pakistan and parts of Iranian Baluchistan province.