Malik Siraj Akbar is a journalist based in Washington-D.C. He is the editor of the Baluch Hal and a columnist for the Independent Urdu. A former Bureau Chief of Pakistan's leading newspaper, the Daily Times, Akbar has written for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Chicago Tribune, the BBC, the Independent, the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, the Hindu, the Huffington Post, the Diplomat, Dawn, the Express Tribune, the Asia Times, the Center for Public Integrity, and many other publications. As a political expert, he has been interviewed or quoted by the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Voice of America, Reuters and many other news organizations. He is a former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Edward Mason Fellow at Harvard University, a former Board Member of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and the Vice President of the Harvard Kennedy School Washington D.C. Alumni Council. He is a current member of the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and PEN America.
Akbar holds a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
One of the youngest bureau chiefs in Pakistan’s largest and most dangerous province, Balochistan, who gained access to the region’s most influential politicians and tribal leaders. (CNN); The star Baloch reporter of his generation. (Newsweek) ; A soft-spoken but steely man. (Washington Post); A victim of the tough stance taken by the Pakistani government. (BBC); He talks passionately and movingly of the hundreds of Baloch who have been brutally killed by the security agencies. (Al-Jazeera); A respected columnist in Pakistan's mainstream press. (The Miami Herald) One of the most authoritative voices on one of the longest-running conflicts [Balochistan] (GARA); Deeply familiar with the perspectives of both Pakistani decision-makers and armed nationalists. Name-checked by almost everyone... from current officials to international outside experts and tribal chiefs-in-waiting. (HuffPost); A real mouthpiece for the oppressed. (Huffington Post Live); He lived to tell the story of resistance, a freedom movement and the fight for democracy in Balochistan. (The Diplomat) A long journey from a small Pakistan-Iran border town to Washington.; (The New Indian Express); A voice saner than ever. (Dawn). A serious journalist with real urge to report.