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Seminar in Washington to Pay Tributes to Former Balochistan Governor and Chief Minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti

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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Fight Against Terrorism: Iran, Pakistan Agree To Set Up Joint Border ‘Reaction Force’

Stressing that "no third country" could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

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Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reviewing an honor guard in Tehran on April 22. RFERL

Iranian President Hassan Rohani and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan have agreed to set up a joint border “reaction force” to counter terrorism, Iranian state media reported.

“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day.

The announcement comes following tensions between the two countries who have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

“Pakistan will not allow any militant group to operate” from its soil, Khan said at the press conference while adding that the problem of terrorism was “increasing differences” between both countries.

“So it was very important for me to come here and come with our security chief that we resolve this issue,” Khan said.

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The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month. Pixabay

Citing a militant attack on Pakistani security forces in Baluchistan on April 18, he said, Pakistan’s security chief will be meeting his Iranian counterpart on April 22 to discuss how both countries can cooperate in not allowing their soil to be used by militant groups.

Stressing that “no third country” could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

For his part, Khan said his visit to Tehran aimed to “find ways to increase trade and cooperation…in energy and other areas,” noting that two-way trade was “very limited.”

Khan arrived in Iran on April 21 on his first official visit to the Islamic republic for talks set to focus on strengthening bilateral ties, “fighting terrorism, and safeguarding borders,” Iranian state media reported.

The two countries have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

The two-day trip started with a stopover in the holy city of Mashhad, where Khan visited the shrine of Imam Reza, who is revered by Shi’ite Muslims.

The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 20 that 15 gunmen wearing military uniforms ambushed a bus in southwestern Balochistan Province on April 18, killing 14 Pakistani Army personnel.

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“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day. Pixabay

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government that the assailants came from an alliance of three Baluch terrorist organizations based in Iran.

Qureshi told reporters that Khan would take up the matter with Iranian authorities.

Earlier this year, Iran called on Pakistan to take action against a militant group behind a deadly attack on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Twenty-seven IRGC members were killed in the February suicide car bombing near the border with Pakistan.

The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack in southeastern Iran. (RFERL)