WASHINGTON, DC: The Baloch are like Native Americans of southwest Asia.
Now, pro-independence Baloch from the U.S.A. and Canada and their allies and friends will converge in the U.S. capital on May 28 to protest against Pakistan's nuclear tests in Occupied Balochistan in front of the White House.
"I appeal to all peace-loving American folks to make the protest a stunning success," Laurie Deamer, presiding council member of the American Friends of Balochistan from Philadelphia said in a statement. "Balochistan's enslavement is not acceptable to the world," she said. "I hope the U.S. government would withdraw its support from Pakistan. It is regrettable that the U.S. government was the first to test nuclear weapons and it continues to aid Pakistan in spite of its dangerous nuclear weapons ambitions."
Speakers at the protest among others include Sakura Saunders, editor Protest Barrick Net; Zaffar Baloch, president of the Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada; Dr. Nazir Bhatti, president of Pakistan Christian Congress; "Chaudhry" M. Ali Baloch, former Baloch leader from Panjgur, Mekran, and Mohammad Ali Baloch of the Balochistan Peoples Party.
According to the A.F.B. all nuclear weapons must be abolished, but the pro-independence Baloch organization believes Pakistan's nuclear weapons are all the more dangerous because these were the first nuclear tests ever in the world where religion was invoked to subjugate others by nuclear force.
Pakistani generals and then premier Nawaz Sharif raised the slogan Allah o Akbar, at the time of the tests in Chagai, Occupied Balochistan. In other words, the slogan literally implied Muslims would defeat the infidels through a nuclear war.
The recent plot of Faisal Shahzad, son of a high ranking air vice marshal, Baharul Haq, of the Pakistan Air force to blow up the Times Square in New York should be an eye-opener for most Amercans, including the present administration. The top leadership of al Qaeda and Taliban are already in Pakistan, shielded by its nuclear weapons program.
The protest will begin in front of the White House at 12 noon, where a wide array of speakers from different walks of life -- Baloch, Sindhis and Americans -- will address the protesters. A brownbag lunch and a press conference will follow the protest.
Every year Baloch in Balochistan and elsewhere stage protests against the nuclear tests to mark the May 1998 tests, though Pakistan officially celebrates the day of infamy.
What: Protest against Pakistan military's tests in Occupied Balochistan and continued U.S. aid to Islamabad.
When: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12 noon.
Where: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20050, near Farragut West & North metro stations.
Why: Texas-sized Balochistan was not a part of Pakistan when the British created it in August 1947 but was illegally annexed by Pakistan on March 27, 1948. Fifty years later on May 27, 1998 Pakistan tested its deadly nuclear weapons in Balochistan. Over the years Pakistan has killed thousands of Baloch patriots yearning for indepedence, including former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. More than a thousand remain missing. Today billions of dollars of U.S.taxpayers monies are being wasted on Pakistan miitary though the country is the biggest threat to the well-being and security of the U.S.
How: Protesters will gather in front of the White House, unfurl banners for stopping aid to Pakistan and demand independence for Balochistan.