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Malik Siraj Akbar

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Full name Malik Siraj Akbar
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Pakistani politics, Balochistan insurgency, politics, Gender issues, Taliban, Afghanistan.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09

Biography

Malik Siraj Akbar is a journalist, political analyst, columnist and the editor of The Baloch Hal[1], Balochistan’s first online English language newspaper. Formerly, he served as the Balochistan Bureau Chief of Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper Daily Times and its sister publication in Urdu,Daily Aajkal, for several years. He has extensively covered the military operation in Balochistan, Baloch nationalist movement, issue of enforced disappearances, target killings, sectarian violence; secrete Taliban operations in Balochistan, women’s rights issues, lawyers’ movement, religious radicalization of Baloch society and several natural disasters such as the Mekran flood, Ziarat earthquake and others. As a journalist, he has covered several local and general elections held in Balochistan.

Born in Panjgur District on October 5, 1983, Malik holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Balochistan. He is the first Pakistani male journalist to be awarded South Asia Foundation(SAF) Media Scholarship]. He attended the prestigious Asian College of Journalism] (ACJ), Chennai, India, to specialize in politics, gender and identities politics. In 2010-11, he became the first journalist from Balochistan to be awarded the coveted Hubert Humphrey Fellowship] by the US Department of State under which he would undertake a ten-month long fellowship at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University.

As a political analyst, Malik has been interviewed and quoted by several national and international media and human rights organizations such as New York Times, Washington Times, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, The American Chronicle, Express Tribune, Dawn, Daily Times, The News International, Geo News, Headlines Today, News TV One, Saama TV, Pakistan Television, Vash TV, KTN, Radio Gwank, Sindh TV, International Crisis Group, Asian Human Rights Commission, Reporters Without Borders and several others.

Malik has actively participated and spoken on Balochistan in national and international conferences held inside Pakistan, India and Singapore while he has attended media-related programs in the United States of America and Germany

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