Malik Siraj Akbar granted asylum in US, why other baloch were not given.

US move to grant asylum to Baloch journalist called ‘unusual’ , the report published in “The Nation” is very puzzling to many among Baloch community abroad and at home.   The so called “Baloch Journalist”  is  not a Baloch in the first instance.  

It is unusual, because US refused to give Visa to Khan of Kalat, Akhtar Mengal, Sana Baloch and many other Baloch leaders to come to US to attend conference. However Malik Siraj akbar ( NOT A BALOCHI)  gets asylum he is  someone who has Pakistan’s blessing and Paki ambassador Hussain Haqqani’s support in US, who were tweeting each-other. Definitely Paki ambassador has given the green light to US Govt to give asylum to his agent, otherwise Pakistan would oppose and blackmail such move. Let’s not forget that the guy came to US with full Paki Govt support and that he was not a threat to Pakistan at all, and Yes, he is Pakistani Journalist not a Baloch one, if it was so he wouldn’t attack Baloch leaders to please Paki ambassador.

 

The moral of the story is Pakistan is somehow gaining upper hand in their campaign against our freedom movement. They are selectively promoting individuals like Malik Siraj Akbar ( who is not a Baloch) and control the Direction of the movement, discredit the movement through his webzine ( Baloch Haal). We middle class Baloch people must start a campaign against Poki government in US and Europe to weed out such vermin who masquerade as Baloch among us with a sole intention to gain control of the movement and spread misinformation.

_____THE REPORT __

US move to grant asylum to Baloch journalist called ‘unusual’

Published: November 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – In an ‘unusual decision’, the US has granted political asylum to a Pakistani journalist from Balochistan despite Pakistan being a democracy with a vibrant news media, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Siraj Ahmed Malik, who is on a fellowship at the University of Arizona, applied for asylum on August 19th following reports he received of kidnappings and killings of his fellow journalists and friends in Balochistan.

Two weeks ago, the Post said, Malik’s petition was granted, the newspaper said. ‘It was a highly unusual decision by US immigration officials, given Pakistan’s status: a strategic partner in Washington’s war against Islamic terrorism; a longtime recipient of US aid; and a democracy with an elected civilian government and vibrant national news media’, Pamela Constable, the veteran Post correspondent, wrote, without elaborating.

In his petition, Malik, 28, said that his work as a journalist and ethnic activist in Balochistan, where he had exposed military abuses, made him likely to be arrested, tortured, abducted and ‘ultimately killed by the government’ if he returned.

‘I never wanted to leave my country, but I don’t want to become a martyr, either’, said Malik, who now lives in Clarendon, Virginia, from where he checks with sources back home to update his online newspaper – ‘Baloch Truth’.

‘What’s going on in Balochistan is like the dirty war in Argentina’, he was quoted as saying by the Post.

‘I need to be telling the story, but I can’t afford to become the story’.

Malik acknowledges that as an advocate for the Baloch nationalist cause, his journalism is hardly neutral.

‘Balochistan needs a messenger to the world’, he said, itching to get back to his reporting. ‘Here in the US, I don’t have an office or money, but at least I can stay alive and get the message out’, he added.

At the State Department’s daily briefing Monday afternoon, when an Indianjournalist questioned about Malik’s case, the spokesman said that cases like these involved confidentiality. The United States, he said, was working with Pakistan to strengthen democratic institution, but Washington does have some concerns that were raised with Pakistan from time to time.

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