‘Want freedom from Pak’: Baloch, Sindhi, Pashto activists gather in Houston to seek help from PM Modi

Agencies

Houston, September 22:

Representatives of Baloch, Sindhi and Pashto tribes have gathered in Houston to hold a demonstration in front of the NRG Stadium on Sunday to draw the attention of PM Modi and Donald Trump for gaining freedom from Pakistan.

“We have come here in Houston with a message. When Modi ji passes through here in morning we’ll be here with our message that we want freedom. We hope Modi ji and President Trump helps us,” said Sindhi activist Zafar to news agency ANI.

“Like Bangladesh got independence in 1971 with the help of India, the Sindh community also needs help in getting Independence from Pakistan,” he added.

Scores of members of the Balochi American, Sindhi American and Pashto American communities landed in Houston on Saturday from various parts of the US to hold the first-of-its-kind demonstration in America, wherein they will collectively urge the leaders of India and the United States to help them get freedom from Pakistan.

These groups have alleged that the Pakistani establishment was carrying out gross violation of human rights against their communities.

“We are here to request Prime Minister Modi and President Trump to support our cause. There has been gross violation of human rights against the Baloch people by the Pakistani government,” said US representative of the Baloch National Movement Nabi Baksha Baloch to news agency PTI.

More than 100 Sindhi Americans arrived in Houston on Saturday. They are planning to gather outside the NRG stadium, where the “Howdy Modi” event is scheduled to be held on Sunday, with the hope that their posters and banners of freedom will catch the attention of Modi and Trump.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of the Kashmiri Hindus met PM Modi and “unequivocally supported” the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and it is made part of the rest of the country.

The Prime Minister also met a delegation of Sikhs and members of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

PM Modi arrived in Houston on Saturday where he is scheduled to address over 50,000 Indian diasporas at mega ‘Howdy Modi’ event.

The event at the NRG Stadium will be followed by a luncheon meeting with elected officials and a community reception at the same venue.

 

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