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Karzai cousin attends Baloch protest rally in front of State Dept office

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A cousin of outgoing Afghan president Hamid Karzai attended a protest rally of Baloch and their American friends in front of the U.S. Department of State main office in Foggy Bottom Monday.

The rally, organized by the Baloch Community of USA, was meant to draw attention to the enforced disappearance and torture of Zahid Baloch, chair of the Baloch Students Organization Azad, -- the largest Baloch student body in the world -- and more than 18,000 Baloch freedom activists forcibly disappeared by the Pakistani occupation military and intelligence services in Balochistan.

Mr. Karzai's cousin is wife of deceased Jamhoori Watan Party leader Anwar Durrani. Mrs. Durrani attended the protest rally along with her daughter, who like her deceased father is committed to defending human rights of the Baloch people.

The Baloch community distributed pamphlets among State Department officials on Pakistan war crimes in Balochistan.

Zahid Baloch was forcibly disappeared from Quetta on March 18 by the Pakistani intelligence services and his whereabouts are still unknown.

Senior American Baloch lawyer, a double PhD, Dr. Hossein Bor, Americans committed to independence of Balochistan Laurie Deamer and Andrew Eiva, were among those who attended the protest rally.

The protest was organized by Nabi Bakhsh Baloch, Abdullah Baloch and Zahid Baloch of the Baloch Community USA.

The founder of the American Friends of Balochistan, who is also known as Baloch Dalai Lama, also attended the rally. He informed the State Department officials that Pakistan is a terrorist state.

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