Rupee News had already predicted the coming storm two weeks ago. Christina Fair had actually visited our site and left a comment with a link to her full statement. Though some of our readers did not like her statement, we thought it was a fair portrayal of the situation, where both sides were held responsible for the violence. The violence against the so called settlers was condemned along with the violence against the others. Fair also clearly stated that Bharat is involved in the terror activities in conjunction There is fury in the streets of Pakistan. The media is ablaze, and the Talk shows increasingly rancorous over the resolution introduced by Dana Rohrabacher in the US Congress. The resolution was supported by two other Senators, but the damage to US-Pakistani relations has been done.
The resolution was introduced by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who had earlier this month chaired the exclusive hearing held by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations on human rights violations in Balochistan.
Right after the hearing Mr. Hoagland had been called to the Foreign Office on February 13 to be told that such a hearing was unacceptable to Islamabad as it amounted to interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.
Islamabad for the second time in a week, has called the U.S. Charge d’Affaires to the Foreign Office to register Pakistan’s strong protest over American Congressmen’s interventions on Balochistan. There is anger on the streets of Islamabad where patriotic Pakistanis are holding nationwide protests against U.S. interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.
Richard Hoagland, the Charge d’Affaires was told in clear terms that the move in the U.S. Congress by was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations and the move violates the principles of the UN Charter, international law and recognized norms of inter-state conduct. Hoagland was also asked to convey the serious concern of the government of Pakistan to the U.S. administration.
On its part the US embassy in Islamabad had issued a formal clarification saying that it respected the territorial integrity of Pakistan.
“Members of Congress introduce legislation on numerous foreign affairs topics and these bills do not in any way imply U.S. government endorsement of any particular policy. The Department of State does not typically comment on pending legislation, but it is not the policy of the Administration to support independence for Balochistan,” said the statement.
Understandably the Pakistanis have reacted sharply to the resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by three members asserting Balochistan’s right to self-determination–and outright independence. Some analysts claim that this is a pressure tactic to get the NATO supplies opened up, sooner than later.
The Bharati media is having a field day. Pakistani polity views the resolution and hearing as an effort by anti-Pakistan elements in the U.S. to lend muscle to the Balochi movement supported by Bharat.
The newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Council held a protest meeting in Islamabad where they pledged to save Pakistan from the enemies. Present in the forume was Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who is regarded as the ‘father of the Taliban’ as he heads the Darul Uloom Haqqani, the alma mater of the Taliban leadership including Mullah Omar.
Keywords: U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Balochistan, Pakistan, summon
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