By Ahmar Mustikhan
A group of Baloch activists Wednesday registered their protest at the White House against Pakistan apathy to help the earthquake victims in Awaran and Kech districts as Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif met U.S. President Barack Obama for his first-ever summit meeting.
They were also carrying placards to condemn what they call Pakistan’s genocide of the Baloch people in Balochistan.
Some of the protesters got up in the wee hours of Wednesday as they came all the way from Philadelphia to get their voices heard at the White House, the organizers said.
Laurie Deamer from York, Penn., who has been active at the international fora to raise a voice for the voiceless people of Balochistan, was among the protesters.
Ms. Deamer was carrying a poster that read “Prime Minister Sharif: Baloch Friend or Foe?”
During his visit to the U.S., the Pakistani premier did not mention anything about the September 24 devastating earthquake in Balochistan that has uprooted the lives of 200,000 common Baloch people, leaving 40,000 families homeless, 400 dead and more than 1,000 wounded.
According to observers, Mr. Sharif was cearly following the military diktat, who do not want to see foreign and international aid workers busy in Balochistan at a time when NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014.
Mr. Sharif also did not get any security clearance to visit Awaran, while the repeated pleas of Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch for international help fell on the deaf ears of a major general of the Pakistan army, who heads the National Disaster Management Authority.
Those who took part in the Wednesday demonstration included Abdullah Baloch, a former employee of the U.S. consulate general in Karachi. Hakim Said, chief executive officer of the Pen Foundation, who has undertaken development projects in Balochistan, also attended the protest rally.
It was apparent the protesters did not enjoy any funding as the protesters were carrying handmade postcards while Baloch protests in Toronto, Geneva and London are mostly seen carrying highly expensive placards.
The protest was led by M. Hossein Bor, who holds double PhD degrees, one from the American University and the second from George Washington University. Mr. Bor works as a lawyer with Entwistle & Cappucci law firm and publicly supports the die-hard wahabi Jondullah organization in Iran, which was declared a terrorist outfit by the U.S.
The Jondullah was involved in massacring innocent Shia civilians, including Baloch shias, at shia mosques in Iran and is despised by American liberals, including Noam Chomsky..
Some of the organizers of the Wednesday protest privately admitted that the wrong policies of the Baloch militant outfits of killing unarmed civilians, political workers and teachers and disallowing any development work like schools, roads, and hospitals and their association with Jondullah have badly undermined the Baloch cause.
©Mustikhan News Syndicate