Members of the Baloch community in United States held a highly successful protest rally in front of the White House to draw the attention of President Obama to the ongoing Pakistani military operation in Balochistan.
The protest rally, which was organized by the Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) and Balochistan National Congress (BNC), Washington D.C chapter, also highlighted human right violations, arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial killings, disappearances and genocide.
Despite the heavy rain and snow, the protestors went ahead with their rally.
Many people flew from far and wide to attend the rally.
Arshad Umrani of the Balochistan Strategic Forum and President of the Cicago Chapter of the BNC, was also among those who attended the rally with his friends and associates.
Andrew Eiva, who is working with Sudanese resistance forces in Sudan, came with Sudanese community members to join the rally.
The participants chanted slogans like "Pakistan stop human right violations in Balochistan; Pakistan stop killing in Balochistan; Pakistan stop "Kill and Dump" in Balochistan;Pakistan stop disappearances in Balochistan;Pakistan stop genocide in Balochistan and Pakistan stop military Operation in Balochistan."
They also called on President Obama to stop funding terrorists in Pakistan and demanded Washington's intervention in Pakistan's largest province.
Speaking at the rally, Dr. Wahid Baloch, the organizer and President of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) and the Washington Chapter of the Balochistan National Congress (BNC) said Pakistani and Iranian occupying forces have intensified their military aggression and Baloch genocide in Balochistan.
He said that target killings, arrests, kidnappings and raids on Baloch houses have increased manifold and these are all being done in the name of responding to sectarian killings, orchestrated by jihadi/sectarian groups, and transplanted in Balochistan to spread Islamic radicalism, to counter Baloch nationalists.
He claimed that over the past two years, over 700 bullet-riddled dead Baloch bodies had been found across Balochistan.
"There passes not a single day when a Baloch mother, father, sister or brother does not collect the bullet riddled tortured dead body of their love one", he said.
"Balochistan is burning Mr. President and calls for international intervention. The international Intervention in Balochistan is long over due in and it must be carried out to save the lives of Baloch people in their own homeland Balochistan", he added.
"How long Baloch people have to wait for your attention and help Mr. President"? he asked.
He said the Chinese Government has also joined hands with Pakistan to kill and dump more Baloch and loot and plunder the Baloch resources against the will of the Baloch people.
He said Balochistan belongs to Baloch people, and China or Pakistan have no right to decide about Balochistan. (ANI)