Discussion of Balochistan by US body: Govt urged to protest to US for interfering in Pak internal affairs

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Discussion of Balochistan by US body: Govt urged to protest to US for interfering in Pak internal affairs

Post  Bolan on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:56 am

ISLAMABAD: The Upper House on Thursday termed discussion of the Balochistan situation by the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan and demanded the government launch a protest against the US at the Foreign Office level.

On a point of order, Mian Raza Rabbani told the House that Balochistan was integral part of Pakistan and the US Congress committee’s discussion over it was totally against sovereignty of the country. The senator said that parliament of one country could not interfere in another country’s parliament. The United States was trying to internationalise the Balochistan issue, he said, adding, “If US can raise Pakistan’s internal issue in their parliament, Pakistan will also raise different US matters in its parliament.” This act on the part of the US committee was condemnable and a clear message from the Senate of Pakistan should be sent to the US. So for as I know, the government took no action in this regard, he maintained.

However, Awami National Party Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel was of the view that the whole world has become a global village. The issues of all countries are discussed in parliaments of different countries. Some countries oppose the action taken by parliaments of other countries. If unrest prevails in Balochistan then the world might discuss it, he said.

The government has to take appropriate measures to remove the unrest in Balochistan, he said. Senator Zahid Khan was of the view that killing of Baloch women had started but there was no one to ask the establishment, which was allegedly involved in such incidents. The government should question the establishment, why it was doing so, he said, adding, “We provide an opportunity to other countries to discuss Pakistan’s internal affairs. What role the government has played to stop target killings in Balochistan,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, leader of the House Nayyar Hussain Bukhari termed it a serious issue and said nobody should be allowed to discuss our internal matters. “I will take view from the Foreign Office in this regard,” he said.

BNP-A’s Senator Kalsoom Parven condemned it and asked the government to register its protest with US. Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Professor Ibrahim said that the government should take appropriate measures to stop human rights violation and killings in Balochistan, so that no was able to discuss our internal matters abroad.

About the United States, he said it violated human rights across the globe, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Mian Raza Rabbani said, “We cannot allow any county to discuss Pakistan’s internal affairs in the name of globalisation.”

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