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Baluchis hold demonstration in front of Pak Embassy

Protesting against the recent killing of three senior Baluch leaders, American Friends of Baluchistan (AFB), an orgainisation of Baluch people living in US, staged a demonstration before the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 13:27 IST

Protesting against the recent killing of three senior Baluch leaders, American Friends of Baluchistan (AFB), an orgainisation of Baluch people living in US, staged a demonstration before the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

The protestors demanded that Pakistan should pullout all its troops and intelligence services from Baluchistan; the largest province of the country in terms of area and that Baluchs be given the right to self-determination.

Zain Magsi, whose maternal grandfather Aga Abdul Karim led the first revolt against Pak occupation in March 1948, condemned the loot and killings in Baluchistan for six decades now. "Its resources are being exploited in the interest of the Pakistani military and civil establishment. There is a constant barrage of atrocities and injustices committed by the state of Pakistan. If things would have been done properly the Baluch nation would not have risen up in arms," he said.

Nabi Baluch, presiding council member of the AFB, said the assassination of Baluch leaders and political workers were an attempt to create despondency among the masses. "The looting of Baluch national resources and ethnic cleansing of indigenous Baluch people are part of this tragedy that is the story of Baluchistan," he said.

The protesting Baluchs urged US policy makers to help and save them from the atrocities of Pakistani military. The rally was held to protest the killing of three notable Baluch activists Ghulam Mohammed Baluch, Lal Munir Baluch and Sher Mohammed Baluch.

"The three were abducted from their lawyer's office on April 3, shot in the head the very same day and their bodies dropped from a military helicopter in the desolate foothills of Piadarak, outside Turbat, according to their friends and family members," a statement issued by the American Friends of Baluchistan said.