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Shah Meer Baloch

Shah Meer Baloch

Shah Meer Baloch is a freelance journalist from Pakistan.

Shah Meer Baloch is a freelance journalist from Pakistan. His work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, LA Times, Deutsche Welle, and Dawn, among other publications. Baloch was formerly a correspondent with Deutsche Welle in Pakistan. He travels across Pakistan for his reporting, writing about humanitarian issues, politics, insurgency, human rights,  Pakistan’s foreign relations and religious extremism.
He can be reached at [email protected] and tweets @shahmeeralbalos.
Posts by Shah Meer Baloch
July 08, 2020

Pakistan’s Great Digital Divide

By Shah Meer Baloch
A new reliance on virtual life in the COVID-19 era has laid bare the lack of internet access for much of the country.

April 07, 2020

The Mysterious Disappearance of a Pakistani Journalist in Sweden

By Shah Meer Baloch
“The dead don't haunt me as much as missing do,” Sajid Hussain once told me. Now he’s among the missing himself.
September 18, 2019

Working for the Wealthy, Islamabad’s Poor Struggle to Live

By Shah Meer Baloch and Mashal Baloch
In Islamabad’s irregular settlements, the city’s poor struggle just a stone’s throw from posh bungalows.

June 27, 2019

Pakistan and the Politics of Polio

By Shah Meer Baloch
After each political transition, polio cases spike. This year, that trend seems to be getting worse.

March 25, 2019

Balochistan’s Great Internet Shutdown

By Shah Meer Baloch
For 2 years and counting, Kech district’s mobile internet has been shut off for “security reasons.”

January 29, 2019

Pakistan’s Crumbling Cultural Heritage

By Shah Meer Baloch
Mehrgarh, the site of a precursor to the Indus Valley civilization, is victim to looting, vandalism, and encroachment.
November 16, 2018

Pakistan’s Dark History of Student Extremists

By Shah Meer Baloch
Since the 1970s, political factions in Pakistan have armed students and encouraged them to violence.

November 05, 2018

Return From a Pakistan Dungeon

By Shah Meer Baloch
Thousands of people have been “disappeared” in Pakistan. And for those who reappear, life is never the same.

September 20, 2018

Chitral: A Portrait of Sectarian Tension in Pakistan

By Shah Meer Baloch
Far from the headlines, a district in KP provides worrying evidence of a rise in religious hatred.

April 18, 2018

CPEC’s Environmental Toll

By Shah Meer Baloch
China is bringing coal power to Pakistan, and Pakistanis will pay the environmental price.

March 15, 2018

Saving Pakistan’s Kalasha Community

By Shah Meer Baloch
Caught between the Taliban in Afghanistan and the religious right in Pakistan, this ancient culture is in dire straits.
January 18, 2018

Pakistan’s Troubled Frontier Justice

By Shah Meer Baloch
Opposition is growing to the outdated colonial law governing Pakistan's tribal areas.

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