Dozens of Baloch journalists, intellectuals, educationists and poets have been disappeared, abducted, or simply killed
By Ahmar Mustikhan
Dozens of Baloch journalists, intellectuals, educationists and poets have become victims of enforced disappearances and fallen prey to the Pakistan state’s kill and dump policy in the last six years, or simply shot dead.
Province is the hardest place in the country for human rights workers, diplomats and journalists to operate, as the Guardian discovered on a visit to the region
Jon Boone and Kiyya Baloch
Even in a country with no shortage of no-go areas, human rights investigators, diplomats and journalists agree the hardest place of all from which to get accurate information is Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
State security agencies heavily restrict outsiders’ access to the resource rich region and lean on local media to ignore claims made by separatist insurgents unless confirmed by the authorities.
Armed persons enter house of Zafarullah Jattak in Usta Muhammad and open indiscriminate firing, killing him on the spot
BALOCHISTAN: Unidentified men on Sunday shot dead journalist Zafarullah Jattak in Goth Jorak Jattak area of Usta Muhammad.
According to Usta Muhammad Deputy Superintendent of Police Khawand Bukhsh, the people carrying sophisticated weapons barged into Zafar’s home and opened fire on him. “As a result of intense firing he died on the spot while his killers managed to escape,” he added. Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene and shifted the body to a hospital for autopsy. Doctors said Zafar received multiple bullets in his head and chest.
Willem Marx, right, launched his book ‘Balochistan at a Crossroads’ on March 13 in New York City.
By Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a series of commitments to safeguard press freedom during a meeting with a CPJ delegation last week. Among them was a pledge to speak out in support of media freedom and against attacks on journalists, particularly in high-conflict areas like Baluchistan.
Interviewed by Roshan Ghimire
Malik Siraj Akbar
Fate may have moved Malik Siraj Akbar from the bucolic terrain of Balochistan to the beltways of Washington D.C, but Akbar’s fight for Balochistan continues even though he is far from home.
Akbar is a well-known journalist and a blogger from Balochistan, the largest province of the Pakistan. He was granted political asylum in the United States after facing threats for his writing. He is also the Editor-in- Chief of the Baloch Hal , the first online English newspaper of Balochistan, which is currently banned in Pakistan. In an exclusive interview with Story South Asia, Malik spoke about the issues of press freedom, human right violations and the future of Balochistan.
Pakistani security forces have raided the house of the general secretary of Gwader Press Club, Qazi Dad Rehan. Journalists in Gwader have strongly condemned the raid to Qazi’s house and beating up of his brother. They urged the President, Prime minister and the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice against FC behavior against Baloch journalists.