Ahmar Mustikhan is veteran Baloch journalist who has worked in newsrooms in three different countries– Dawn and the News International, Pakistan; the Khaleej Times, UAE; The Shreveport Times, The News-Star, St Mary’s Today and The Gazette in the USA. His analysis and comments on TV shows are admired by hundreds of millions of viewers in India and Balochistan. He is also founder and president of the non-profit American Friends of Balochistan, Washington DC. He has given at least quarter of his 58 years for struggle for justice of his Baloch people.
Mustikhan’s blog “Balochistan Insight” appears in the Times of India. His writings regularly appear in DailyO. In the past, he wrote for The Week, Kochin; Mid-Day, Mumbai; Dawn and The News International, Karachi; Khaleej Times, Dubai; The Washington Post and many other international publications.
Mustikhan belongs to a well-known Baloch family of Karachi and Rangoon whose name and works have been mentioned by Indian author Salim Ali in the book “Fall of a sparrow”; by American author Selig S. Harrison in the book “In Afghanistan’s Shadow: Baluch nationalism and Soviet temptation” and by Fatima Bhutto in her book “Songs of Blood and Sword.” Mustikhan Lodge, the Mustikhan family home in Karachi—the world’s largest Baloch city–, had been the center for Balochistan political discourse for three decades prior to the 1947 partition holocaust. His grandfather Usman Mustikhan was the Amirul Qaum, or leader of the Baloch people in Karachi. In late 1940s, the Baloch notables of Sindh met the Mustikhan Lodge to unanimously reject Balochistan accession to Pakistan. Subsequently, his uncle the late A. Sattar Mustikhan was made Balochistan’s first ambassador to Pakistan and the flag of the Kalat State flew over Mustikhan Lodge until March 27, 1948 when the ruler was made to sign the instruments of accession with Pakistan under duress. The Mustikhan family was suspected to be one of the main financiers of the now defunct National Awami party in Balochistan. Pakistan army and intelligence services accused his family of giving material support and ration to the insurgents during the 1973-77 insurgency in Balochistan. Even though his late uncle Sattar Mustikhan was personal friends with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto since childhood and was among a dozen people who attended Bhutto’s secret wedding with Nusrat Sabunchi (Bhutto borrowed his uncle car for the secret honeymoon in Karachi, hiding from his dad Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto), he was tortured by the ISI when Bhutto was in power in 1976. Two other cousins were also abducted and tortured during the 1973-77 insurgency. Additionally, one of the main founders of modern Baloch nationalism and former governor of Balochistan, Mir Ghous Bizenjo (father of Pakistan ports and shipping minister Hasil Bizenjo), used to be the Mustikhan family guest all his life whenever he visited Karachi from his hometown Na’al. Bizenjo’s funeral began from the Mustikhan Lodge as per the wish of the late Baloch leader that he had explicitly stated. As recently as July 2015, his US educated brother-in-law became a victim of ISI’s enforced disappearance and brutally tortured for four days after he tweeted about Balochistan. Pakistan Intelligence sleuths turned everything upside down at the house and cordoned off the Mustikhan Lodge compound for two weeks. His brother-in-law, who still lives in Pakistan, has not tweeted ever since.
The family also had considerable influence in Burma (now Myanmar) too where Ahmar’s eldest sister was classmates with Burmese leader Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi throughout her school years at the Methodist English school in Rangoon.
One thing Mustikhan is really proud of is that he is the world’s first openly gay Baloch.