After being embarrassed by the United States as it refused him the state protocol of official welcome on his landing, Imran Khan was yet again left red-faced during his maiden visit to the country. During his speech in Washington DC, activists from Balochistan protested against Pakistan PM.
Highlighting the atrocities faced by the people of Balochistan, the protestors disrupted his speech. They also shouted slogans about human rights violation by Pakistan against Balochistan. This happened in front of 10,000 Pakistanis who had assembled in Washington DC. The Baloch activists were chanting 'USA, USA' to protest Pakistan's occupation of Balochistan and its alleged occupation and use of its resources.
The Pakistan PM's visit has been besmirched with several upsetting encounters including being snubbed at the Dulles airport on Sunday where Khan was greeted not by US officials by by his own Foreign Minister and other Pakistani officials. Instead of taking his own country's airline, PM Khan took Qatar Airways flight and without a state limousine waiting for him, he took a bus to reach the IAD airport.
Ahead his visit, the World Baloch Organisation and the Baloch Republican (WBO-BRP) launched a mobile billboard campaign with 'Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan' scripted over it in an attempt to urge the US President to take up the violation of human rights and the enforced disappearances in Pakistan's largest province, Balochistan.
Khan's visit to the US is marked by protests by several ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan, including Baloch, Sindhis and Mohajirs. A bipartisan group of 10 influential American lawmakers on Saturday asked US President Donald Trump to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the Sindh province in his meeting with the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister. Protests have been planned in front of the White House and Capitol Hill Arena by these groups over the next few days.