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First Washington-Based, Balochistan-Specific Think-Tank Established

Washington D.C : The Balochistan Institute, a think-tank exclusively dedicated to Balochistan has been established in the United States, announced the founder of the Balochistan Institute based in Washington D.C. Malik Siraj Akbar, the founder and the president of the think-tank.

 The Balochistan Institute is the first initiative in United States which has been launched with the goal to improve the quality of research and debate on Balochistan through the expertise of indigenous scholars. Said Malik, who is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and also the founder of Balochistan’s first online English newspaper, the Baloch Hal.

 “Balochistan is a region of great strategic importance, home to enormous mineral wealth, focus of increasing Chinese presence, safe havens of the Taliban and extremist Islamic groups, the epicenter of a prolonged insurgency and the unfortunate hub of widespread human rights abuses.  There has not been a single institution in the United States that researches these important topics although America is the mecca of world class universities, think-tanks and research centers.” Said Malik Siraj Akbar

“The Balochistan Institution is the first endeavor to initiate research and dialogue on Balochistan at a global scale,” said Malik Siraj Akbar

“The Balochistan Institution is the first endeavor to initiate research and dialogue on Balochistan at a global scale,” said Malik Siraj Akbar

 Shehzad Baloch is one of the founders of Balochistan Institute, a former Balochistan Correspondent of the Express Tribune, a local partner of the International New York Times. He is currently in the United States for higher education. He is a research analyst at the Balochistan Institute.

Talking to The Balochistan Point,  Shezad Baloch said that Balochistan Institute  had   no affiliation with any political party or Baloch nationalist organization.

Talking to The Balochistan Point,  Shezad Baloch said that Balochistan Institute  had   no affiliation with any political party or Baloch nationalist organization.

 Shehzad Baloch says that The Balochistan Institute is committed to the promotion of the Baloch culture and Balochi language by preparing Balochi courses for non-native learners, publishing and translating books on Balochistan.

 “I believe we are trying to work for Balochistan and its youth. We will provide platform to debate and know about Balochistan and its issues. In the world no one knows and we do not have such organization to talk about Balochistan and its people.” Said Shehzad Baloch

The Balochistan Institute website mentions that Balochistan is home to courageous journalists, politicians and civil society activists who risk their lives every day to defend their democratic rights. There are simultaneously threats and opportunities facing politicians and journalists.  We research   these hardships and regularly report on trends in and challenges for democracy and free speech.

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Published in The Balochistan Point on February 22, 2016

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