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The Seminar organized by American Friends of Balochistan will be held today at the Murrow Room of the National Press Club in Washington DC at 2.30 pm

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  • The presentation organized by the American Friends of Balochistan is titled Real Story Behind Assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti
  • Eleven years ago on August 26, 2006, Nawab Bugti along with 37 comrades was assassinated by Pakistan army commandoes on the orders of Pakistan dictator and coup leader, Gen Pervez Musharraf
  • The killing of the popular Baloch leader led to the mass uprising of the Baloch people

Washington, D.C. Aug 25, 2017: People of America of different ethnic origins will meet at a seminar to pay tributes to former Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in Washington DC on August 25, 2017, afternoon.

The presentation organized by the American Friends of Balochistan is titled “Real Story Behind Assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti,” features a conversation on phone with exiled Baloch leader Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, and political successor of the slain Nawab Bugti and Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan envoy to the United States, Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute.

Nawab Mehran Marri, chief of the Marri tribe and president of the Balochistan House; Hammal Haider, international spokesperson for the Baloch National Movement (BNM) and Banuk Kareema Baluch, the first women president of the Baloch Students Organization (Azad) will also share their thoughts on the occasion.

According to Ahmar Musti Khan, Convener of American Friends of Balochistan, Eleven years ago on August 26, 2006, Nawab Bugti along with 37 comrades was assassinated by Pakistan army commandoes on the orders of Pakistan dictator and coup leader, Gen Pervez Musharraf. The killing of the popular Baloch leader led to the mass uprising of the Baloch people against Islamabad’s colonial rule of France-sized Balochistan.

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Since then, Pakistan army and intelligence services are carrying out a scorched earth policy in France-sized Balochistan that has seen 7,000 killed in Nawab Bugti’s ancestral Dera Bugti and Sui areas alone. Thousands of more Baloch have been killed elsewhere in Balochistan. At least 8,000 remain victims of enforced disappearances while over 1,500 Baloch activists were killed and dumped by the Pakistani security forces in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of Baloch tribesmen fled their homes to become internally displaced persons within Pakistan. As many as 12,000 Bugti tribesmen are still living in Afghanistan without any status.

According to press release , while the Pakistan army and Chinese are busy trying to wrest control of the key Gwadar port under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and exploring for fossil fuel and natural resources deep inside the virgin lands of Balochistan, the Deep State of Pakistan is promoting the ISIS in Balochistan for its long term strategic interests.

Strict checking will be in force to keep out folks sent by Pakistan embassy to disrupt Baloch events. Less than two weeks ago, a twitter account close to Pakistan’s Deep State threatened Afghanistan with dire consequences as the Afghan Students Association had sponsored an AFB event “Untold Story: What’s happening in Balochistan” at the Marvin Center, George Washington University

The event will start at the Murrow Room of the National Press Club in Washington DC at 2.30 pm. on Aug 25, 2017.

For further info contact Ahmar Musti Khan, Convener of American Friends of Balochistan. His email:  afb.ahmar@gmail.com

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India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

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“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

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“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)