BALOCHISTAN: Quaid-e-Azam Residency at Ziarat, a Pakistani national monument in Balochistan, was attacked and destroyed by Baloch freedom fighters (Sarmachars) today.
Accounting to media report, Baloch militants on Saturday blasted a 121-year-old building used by Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Ziarat and raked it with gunfire, triggering a fire that blazed for four hours, destroying furniture and memorabilia. A policeman was killed in the shooting.
Washington, D.C.: Today, Congressman Dana ’s (R-CA) amendment tying the Defense Department’s ability to give monetary aid to Pakistan’s military to its treatment of ethnic and religious minority groups was included in final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 by the House of Representatives.
The amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to certify that Pakistan is not using its military to “persecute minority groups for their legitimate and nonviolent political and religious beliefs.” The amendment specifically names the Balochi, Sindhi and Christian minorities, among others.