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A 2015 eight-part documentary by VSH News, the first Balochi language news channel, called balochi in America, shows that balochi Americans live in different parts of the United States, including Washington D.C., New York, Texas, North Carolina and Washington. While some American Baloch come from Pakistan's Balochistan province, others belong to the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan, Pakistan's city of Karachi and elsewhere in Pakistan. Many Baloch Americans work at nonprofits, information technology companies and in the public sector. Due to Pakistan's persecution of the Baloch, many young Baloch political activists, journalists and intellectuals have moved to the United States and sought political asylum. The United States has mostly accepted Baloch asylum seekers.
Baloch Americans are politically active in dealing with issues concerning the Baloch population in Iran and Pakistan. A congressional hearing of the United States (US) Committee on Foreign Affairs on February 8, 2012, chaired by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, highlighted human rights atrocities attributed to the Pakistani security forces in Balochistan. The hearing drew severe criticism from the Pakistani government which described it as interference into its domestic problems.
Soon after the hearing on Balochistan, Rohrabacher introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives on February 18, 2012, calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self-determination. House Representatives Louie Gohmert and Steve King co-sponsored the motion that highlighted Balochistan’s troubled past with Pakistan. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Why I support Baluchistan, Rohrabacher said, "I make no apology for submitting a resolution championing the oppressed people of Baluchistan in their dealings with a Pakistani government that has betrayed our trust."
On October 22, 2015, a Baloch activist named Ahmar Mastikhan heckled Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his speech at the U.S. Institute for Peace. The protester chanted "free free Balochistan". Later on, Ahmar MastiKhan claimed that he heckled Nawaz Sharif at the order of Indian intelligence who paid him money to do so. He further claimed that Research and Analysis Wing was funding Baloch militants and that Research and Analysis Wing paid 15 million dollar in last few year. Mastikhan also said that India was supporting terrorism in Pakistan.
On September 14, 2016, Baloch activists protested outside the United Nations Headquarters to condemn what they described as Pakistan's illegal occupation of Balochistan.
The Balochistan Institute in Washington D.C., founded by Malik Siraj Akbar in February 2016, is a think tank focused on research and dialogue on Balochistan. The podcast DC Live tells the stories of the Baloch Americans.
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