"Where were the champions of press freedom in Pakistan when a Baloch newspaper editor narrowly survived an assassination attempt on his life, several reporters were killed and three newspaper offices were besieged?” he asked, to which respected columnist Kamran Shafi fully agreed that Balochistan was not fairly treated by the Pakistani army and the media.
Dr. Naela Qadri Baloch: Prof. Dashtiyari's blood will not go in vain, it will not be wasted...The Baloch nation will remember his sacrifice.
General Musharraf led a heinous tyranny that terrorised the people of Pakistan, especially the citizens of Balochistan and Sindh...His regime was repeatedly condemned for gross human rights violations by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Pakistan's dreaded spy agency, the ISI, is back in the spotlight, accused of murdering journalist Saleem Shahzad. The agency's engagement with the media has become progressively more virulent as the "war on terror" has progressed. BBC Urdu editor Aamer Ahmed Khan asks whether anyone can bring the ISI under control.
Malik Siraj Akbar, editor of The Baloch Hal, speaks with Al Jazeera 'The Stream' Monday, June 6, 2011, about the crisis in Balochistan.
Pakistan is relevant to all five “frightening scenarios” outlined in the European Security Strategy (ESS) paper in 2003. These key fears include – terrorism, proliferation of WMD, regional conflicts, state failure and organized crime including drug and human trafficking.
Well there's no question that the United States is sending huge amounts of resources to the Pakistani military. And there's no question that the Pakistani military is engaged in a very ugly counterinsurgency campaign in Balochistan. So in that sense, I think it's beyond dispute that the U.S. taxpayer, at least via the U.S. government, is complicit in what is going on in Balochistan.
Pakistan's many crises have overshadowed a nationalist insurgency which has killed at least 1,000 people since 2008. The southwestern province of Balochistan is one of the most under-developed regions in the country and has become the site of a long-running battle between separatists and security forces. The government maintains that killings in the region are due to inter-tribal violence, but human rights groups say state security is behind the killings.
The deaths of at least 1,000 people since March 2008 in the ongoing nationalist insurgency in the volatile Pakistani province of Balochistan have often been overshadowed by the country's other troubles. Yet as the BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan discovered, the suffering there is every bit as acute.
Police reported that his body was found in a canal in Mandi Bahauddin in Punjab province about 150 kilometers southeast of Islamabad and about 10 kilometers from where his car was found. They said that his body bore marks of torture.