By: Haroon Baloch
congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a House Concurrent Resolution on
February 17th demanding the right of self-determination for Balochi
nation. Earlier this month, US House of Representative's sub-committee on
foreign affairs oversight and investigated the prevailing situation of Balochistan
in view of human rights' violence.
Pakistan responded furiously to the US government on this move of congressman and
termed it interference in 's internal affairs. Newly
appointed ambassador to Pakistan Washington, H.E.
Sherry Rehman feared it may lead to further worsening of Pakistan – ties. United States
Rohrabacher’s concurrent resolution in the House in fact is not an effective
one and has no legal force behind it. US legislatures in bulk do come up with
such concurrent resolutions in both houses, but are not passed. US
can only make an opinion about the issues pertaining to foreign policy and
defense, can't dictate or formulate policy, US Embassy spokesman here in
Islamabad Robert Raines told this correspondent.
US resolution is an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty and I strongly
condemn it, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said adding that Balochistan is
entirely an internal matter of
and we'll not allow anyone to interfere in
our matters. Pakistan
Dana Rohrabacher, Californian legislature in House of
Representative - United News Pakistan.
Balochistan – southwestern
, rich with
minerals and other natural resources, is the richest part of the country.
Contrary to facts, Balochistan has seen no prosperity during the past 65 years.
Since its accession to province
in 1947 Balochistan has witnessed five military operations that aggrieved
Baloch nationalists. Pakistan
Last military operation in 2005 resulted in killing of veteran Baloch nationalist leader, one-time Chief Minister and one-time Governor of the province NawabAkbar Khan Bugti, brought severe consequences. His killing has followed never ending rather deteriorating circumstances of Balochistan where every now and then Baloch nationalists are kidnapped and their bullet-riddled corpses found from various parts of the province.
Baloch nationalists have rejected military presence in the province and some of them are demanding for separate piece of land.
Though circumstances are worse, but this perception is unlikely that whole Balochi nation is demanding for their right of self-determination. To a widely accepted but unauthentic viewpoint they are in few thousands who are challenging the writ of the federation and raising the voice of separation. Annoying leaders are holding their strings from abroad with the support of external forces.
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US government respects 's
integrity and sovereignty, and is not in favor of separate Balochistan",
said Robert Raines. He further added, "Concurrent resolution moved in the
House is Dana Rohrabacher's personal opinion and not the policy of Pakistan
Most important is the fact in case if the resolution is passed from the House of Representatives, US Senate or any committee it will not affect the
US foreign policy because this right solely lies
president who is the head of federation. US
"President Barack Obama is responsible for the formulation of
foreign policy and there is no change in our foreign policy related ",
the spokesperson said. Pakistan
Robert Raines, Spokesperson US Embassy - Courtesy Rohi TV
Balochistan is absolutely an internal matter of
Pakistani leadership must have to look into its internal matters too. Severe
human rights' violation in the Balochistan is the core issue which is disintegrating
Baloch nationalists. Baloch leaders are demanding for immediate halt of all
military operations being carried out in Balochistan, withdrawal of troops and
negotiations with nationalist leaders, which is the realist approach in the way
to normalize the Balochistan situation and ending the conflict. Pakistan