On May 6, 2009, Baloch and Sindhi human rights supporters gathered outside the
White House to protest Pakistani govt. policies in Balochistan and Sindh during
Pakistan's president Zardari's meeting with US President Obama.
of Pres. Zardari's motorcade arrival at the White House
and protest rally on May 6, 2009
US, Pakistan, Afghanistan face common foe, says Obama, May 7, 2009
The DC-based American
Friends of Baluchistan has congratulated the brotherly
Baloch International League for the rally in front of
the White House on Wednesday to expose Pakistan army
brutalities against Baluchistan.
"Former Speaker Waheed Baloch, government minister Dr. Tara Chand and Waja
Razzaq Baloch, must be commended for their decision to bring the Baluch issue
to the attention of the world. The A.F.B. will side with Speaker Waheed Baloch
or any other secular Baluch organization through thick and thin," AFB presiding
council members Mohammed Ali Baloch and Waja Karim Bakhsh, formerly of Qatar,
said in a statement on Thursday.
Speaker Baloch had planned the rally at the
UN headquarters in New York against the killing of his close friend Waja Ghulam
Mohammed Baloch by Pakistan's secret services, but shifted the venue to Washington
DC in view of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's arrival, along with the
chief of the infamous Inter Services Intelligence Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha,
in Washington D.C. for talks with President Barack Obama.
Ghulam Mohammed Baloch,
45, was abducted along with Lala Munir Baloch, 50, and Sher Mohammed Baloch,
35, by Pakistan's infamous Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence,
shot in the head and their bodies dropped from a military helicopter in the
outskirts of Turbat last month. Speaker Waheed Baloch and Dr. Tara Chand were
close friends of the slain leader Ghulam Mohammed and had worked with him in
the secular and progressive Baloch Students Organization, the main voice of
Baluch youths and students.
The BSO has thousands of supporters. "Passers-by
showed great interest in the rally," said Professor Jawaid Bhutto, a friend
of Baluchistan in Washington DC, who attended the rally. Bhutto said Afghan
President Hamid Karzai turned around to look at the protesters curiously. The
two A.F.B. leaders said the Baluch have to be vigilant against paid agents
who try to erect a fifth column in the Baluch international movement for their
personal gain. "The A.F.B. vows to unmask the faces of such elements," the
two leaders said. The A.F.B. also thanked Munnawar Laghari, former director
of the World Sindhi Institute, for his help, attendance and speech at the Baloch
International League rally. The A.F.B. has a simple two-point agenda: right
of national self determination for the Baluch people and ending Pakistani and
Iranian military occupation of Baluchistan.