Daily Archives: September 8, 2013

Young journalist running from Pakistan’s ‘dirty war

Muatasim Qazi, a journalist from Balochistan

Muatasim Qazi, a journalist from Balochistan

Caught up in Pakistan’s little-known “dirty war,” Muatasim Qazi had no idea that his decision to pursue journalism as a career would lead to his exile. After studying at Everett Community College as an exchange student, he is now seeking asylum here.

“He was shot dead,” explains Muatasim Qazi, floating his cursor over the face of a man in a white tunic.
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Pakistan’s ‘disappearing’ Balochs: “I live in constant fear”

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In recent years, activists claim thousands of ethnic Balochs have gone ‘missing’ amidst a bloody separatist struggle in Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province. Activists blame the intelligence agency for the abductions. Our Observer, an ethnic Baloch, says he is terrified of being mistaken for a militant and getting kidnapped.
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COMMENT: Truth invites me — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The CPJ report said that deadly, unpunished violence against the press rose sharply in Pakistan and Mexico, continuing a dark, years-long trend in both nations

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurThree weeks ago I received a mailed letter, which seemed odd as most communication these days takes place via the internet, the easiest though not the safest since Edward Snowden exposed the scope and depth of surveillance that the US National Security Agency (NSA) carries out. Mailed letters are not very private either. Muhammad Ali Khalid, Founder, Chairman of the Karachi-based South Asian Journalists Protection Committee (SAJPC) wrote it. We had met last year at the wedding of the son of journalist Zaheer Ahmed, editor Tahreer aur Tasweer, Hyderabad. This was our first meeting but he had known my father late Mir Ali Ahmed Talpur well and read some of my articles. During the conversation he had disclosed that his son-in-law. Muhammad Faisal Jan, had been killed because he (Mr Khalid) frequently raised the issue of the establishment-perpetrated atrocities in Balochistan. He had also said that he was under threat because he raised voice about the atrocities and injustices in Balochistan and Sindh and had formed the SAJPC to protect the rights and lives of journalists. Mr Khalid is a poet too and Khalid his nom de plume.
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