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Balochistan issue should be peacefully resolved through political process: US

Washington , Wed, 22 Feb 2012 ANI

Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): The United States has said that the Balochistan issue should be peacefully resolved through a political process.


"We encourage all parties in Balochistan to work out their differences peacefully and through a political process," the Daily Times quoted US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, as saying.


"The United States respects the territorial integrity of Pakistan. Members of Congress introduce legislations on many foreign affairs topics. But they do not in any way imply US government endorsement of those positions. And we don't generally comment on pending legislations," he added.


Earlier this week, Pakistan had slammed US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for having tabled a resolution in the US Congress, calling for the independence of Balochistan.


The Pakistan Foreign Office described Rohrabacher as being 'oblivious to the ground situation' and expressed the hope that the move would never succeed. It further said that presentation of the bill was in violation of the international laws and showed a 'highly irresponsible attitude' on the part of Congressman Rohrabacher.


A week after he chaired a Congressional committee's hearing on Balochistan, Congressman Rohrabacher said that the Baloch should be given their right of self-determination and to their own sovereign country.


The House Concurrent Resolution in the US House of Representatives has been co-sponsored by Representatives Louie Gohmert and Steve King. It highlights the history of Balochistan, and says that revolts in 1958, 1973 and 2005 "indicate continued popular discontent against rule by Islamabad, and the plunder of its vast natural wealth while Baluchistan remains the poorest province in Pakistan."


The text says that there is also an insurgency underway in Sistan-Balochistan, which is being repressed by Iran.


Congressman Rohrabacher's resolution says that it is the US policy to "oppose aggression and the violation of human rights inherent in the subjugation of national groups as currently being shown in Iran and Pakistan against the aspirations of the Baloch people."


According to the resolution, the people of Balochistan that are "currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status among the community of nations, living in peace and harmony, without external coercion." (ANI)


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