Published: Mon, July 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

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"The campaign aims to draw attention of the USA and request President Donald Trump to help stop human rights abuses in Balochistan, including enforced disappearances by state forces", the Baloch Republican Party said.

According to Dawn, Khan will also have a one-on-one meeting with President Trump. In fact, Trump, who is himself no great fan of the media or of human rights, gave some hearing to Pakistan's critics, meeting representatives of persecuted Ahmadis and Christians in an Oval office meeting last week, along with a large group of victimized minorities from across the world. Among the participants was Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, whose exchange with Trump went viral after he asked her why she had been given a Nobel Prize.

The U.S. has been repeatedly requesting Pakistan to free Dr. Afridi, said the senior administration official.

The premier, who began his official engagements soon after his arrival in the U.S. capital on Saturday, will go to the White House on July 22 for an extensive three-hour visit, which includes a one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump, and two meetings and a working lunch with the president's team.

The Pakistani Prime Minister's visit was preceded by a commentary in the New York Times - reportedly censored in Pakistan - by novelist and social commentator Mohammed Hanif, who in an oped under the headline "Imran Khan's "New Pakistan" Is as Good as the Old", wrote that the country "looks like a struggling dictatorship", while outlining political vendetta unleashed by the Imran Khan government.

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During his trip, he will address the Pakistani community and meet President Trump as well as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank chiefs. Khan and his delegation will be told, the official said, "the door is open to repairing the relationship and building an enduring partnership if Pakistan changes its policy with regards to terrorists and militants". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will call on him on Tuesday.

Diplomatic sources said that issues like the Afghan peace process, Pakistan government's action against terrorism and terror financing and restoration of military aid to Pakistan would be the highlights of the trip.

Speaking at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Army spokesperson, confirmed that Gen Bajwa would accompany PM Imran during the meeting with Trump at the White House.

The relations between Pakistan and the United States have remained tense during Trump's tenure.

Khan's visit to the USA is also marked by protests by several ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan, including Baloch, Sindhis and Mohajirs. And that is in line with the incremental softening in this administration's posture on Pakistan from the stark hostility of the president's tweets and remarks of most of 2018, all geared towards exiting Afghanistan, ending the country's longest war in history.

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