US congressman tables bill for Baloch right to independence

Published: February 18, 2012

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who chairs the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has asked that the Baloch be given their right to self-determination. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: Nearly a week after he chaired a Congressional hearing on Balochistan, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self determination.

The motion, which has been co-sponsored by House Representatives Louie Gohmert and Steve King, highlights Balochistan’s troubled past with the centre after the creation of Pakistan.

According to the text, ‘revolts’ in 1958, 1973 and 2005 “indicate continued popular discontent against Islamabad’s rule, and the plunder of its vast natural wealth while the province remains the poorest in the country.”

It is 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,” said the motion.

In a definitive spin to the current tension, the resolution asserts that 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,” adding that they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status among the community of nations.
In a statement from his office, Rohrabacher, who is also the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, added, “The Baloch, like other nations of people, have an innate right to self-determination. The political and ethnic discrimination they suffer is tragic and made more so because America is financing and selling arms to their oppressors in Islamabad.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has strongly condemned the resolution terming it as “highly irresponsible and a blatant interference in the domestic issues of the country,” adding that it is a violation of international laws.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (233)

  • Salahuddin
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Congratulations FC. This is what you wanted? Right?Recommend

  • Pakistan politics
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:15AM

    Enough is enough, All relations with US must come to an end now

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:17AM

    ….we are good here with pakistan ..we know that other agencies are behind the balochistan not our army …and we dislike sardar system in balochistan ..no one can break us from pakistan ..PAKISTAN ZINDABAD…Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:18AM

    The United States should first address the discontent amongst its minorities and its African American population before worring about the Balochi folk…

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:20AM

    USA should free california…..LOLRecommend

  • ishaq
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Thanks to US Congressman for Doing this because Maybe This Move
    can be a wake up call for our Government and Media.

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  • Waqas.R
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:25AM

    A pathetic attempt to dis-integrate Pakistan. No Pakistani can support it. Earlier they were doing it through hidden channels, now they are bold enough to say it out loud. Thanks to our sincere govt.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:25AM

    Now America forcing all Pakistanis to join difa-e-Pakistan!!

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  • Pakistan politics
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:25AM

    US have no right to interfere in other countries internal matters, world still remembers the massacres of Iraq Afghanistan and Vietnam, on what humanitarian grounds u r making this demand ?? Pakistan and US alliance is unnatural, its the enemy spitting venom at us, all relations with US must be ended

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:26AM

    US have no right to interfere in other countries internal matters, world still remembers the massacres of Iraq Afghanistan and Vietnam, on what humanitarian grounds u r making this demand ?? Pakistan and US alliance is unnatural, its the enemy spitting venom at us, all relations with US must be endedRecommend

  • Mirza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:28AM

    If Pakistani establishment would not listen and shape up, the world would. No nation can be denied of their rights for ever. There should be an urgent and open dialogue on this subject. It cannot be denied or swept under the rug.

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  • Scientist
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:29AM

    Pakistan did not learn from East Pakistan episode. We are heading the same direction again.

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  • Malik hamza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:29AM

    the 50 states of USA should also we separted .
    chicago , california should be separted from usa.
    take care of USA leave Pakistan alone.
    look after urself first and safeguard ur troops in afghanistan dont ask us to look after ur so clled coldiers in afg.

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  • John B
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:30AM

    Oh boy! Forget memo gate, NRO, or NATO supply. This will keep PAK irate for awhile.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:32AM

    All this fuss is being created for Gawadar Port, Wake up Pakistan before its too late

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  • Sara Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Lets see how our so-called leaders respond

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  • M Ali Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:34AM

    And this happened the same time when Ahmedinejad visited Pakistan.

    The “coincidence” is killing me.

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  • Asad Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Dear Congressman,
    Are you blind?? why don’t you bring such a resolution for self-determination of Palestine, Kurds (Turkey), Bahrain Shias, bla bla where US made weapons are used to suppress the people (sorry murdered innocent people).

    Regards

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  • bravo
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37AM

    It’s time that we understand two things:
    1.USA can nver be your friend.
    2.We should become serious in resolving Balochistan issue.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37AM

    If Pakistan is giving the right of selfdetermination to the Balochis then we in India should also seriously think about giving it to the Kashmiri Muslims.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37AM

    This guy really understands the problem.

    If the Pakistanis disagree with him, let his hold a plebiscite or a referendum to prove Balochis are with Pakistan.

    I am sure Balochis will vote for Pakistan. :P

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  • Mj
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:38AM

    Pakistan is between a rock and a hard place. While we demand that Kashmiris be given the right to decide their allegiance, it will become difficult if the Baluchs start demanding similar right.

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  • thewhigs
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:38AM

    I think Pakistani Govt. should have a resolution calling for an independent California…lets see how that goes..

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  • Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:39AM

    This is clear violation of sovereignty of Pakistan! They should have talked about Indian held Kashmir instead of Balochistan. I believe Pakistan should immediately cut diplomatic ties with the US and stop all ground and air support for US troops in Afghanistan for saying and acting so irresponsibly against Pakistan.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Dana Rohrabacher has gone mad in getting Dr. Shakeel Afridi released who helped CIA to pinpoint where OBL was hiding.

    US must understand one thing very clearly as I am talking in plain words.

    If you touch Baluchistan once, the entire Pakistani nation is going to teach a lesson to US that US would have not learned neither in Afghanistan, nor in Iraq.

    You people do not know what Pakistanis are.

    We are ready to die at any moment to save our motherland.

    I am not talking individually, but I am talking on behalf of the whole nation.

    If you want to try it, try it once and you will come to know what Pakistanis are,

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  • Asad Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Well i must say that if our Parliament had taken some solid steps to resolve the Balochistan issue on time, no such resolution would have come forward. The US should not interfere in our internal affairs but this doesn’t mean we should shut down our eyes on our own people..Give the Balochis their right..

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  • Shah
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    My father (a Pakistani diplomat) and I were discussing a couple of months back, how the US should not have interfered in Libya’s affair. He was arguing that US should not have interfered politically and militarily in Libya, as the conflict was internal. He said the US involvement in Libya sent a bad precedent. I disagreed with him totally, my argument was that the US saved hundreds of lives from the hands of Qaddafi. At that time, before US paid any attention to the Balochistan affair, he said that if US thinks the Pakistani state is suppressing the Baloch people, they will want to interfere politically and even militarily in Balochistan (like in Libya), and shout for their independence. Where will Pakistan stand?

    Now I realize how true his arguments were, even though Libya and Pakistan are two totally different stories.

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  • owais
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:41AM

    what else can one expect from another right-wing republican nut who demanded iraq pay back the money US spent on invading their country, voted against a bill supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan in June 2009 and told members of the house who booed him when he defended torture of detainees that ‘i hope its your family members that die’. the ‘honorable’ rohrabacher also denies that global warming exists and in the 80s this hypocrite met with Osama bin laden in afghanistan and called him one of the ‘greatest freedom fighters’.

    Pakistan should respond to his track record for milito-fascist lunacy by extending him an invitation to all future Difa-e-Pakistan rallies.

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  • Umair Aftab
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Quite Clear, They Wanna Balkanized Us. That’s All.

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  • Muhammad Tahir Mazari
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Being a Baloch myself and also knowing fairly well how the baloch people have been exploited and treated by the central government in Pakistan, the struggle of the balochs for their independence is quite understandable. There is nothing new about the story here since it is a repitition of what happened nearly forty years ago in East Pakistan. However, American concern is nothing but a blatant disrespect for international norms and needs to be condemned in every possible manner. Concern for the political and ethnic discrimination shown by a country that is involved in systematic eradication of ethnic groups in Iraq and Afghanistan and other parts of the world, a country that has been involved in the worst crimes against humanity over the past many decades is nothing but ironical. America has no business in our internal affairs and should just shut the f&^* up.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:43AM

    You peoples are just suckers……….. losers sham sham on America

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  • Sajid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:43AM

    He should also table a resolution for right of self determination of Shia majority people in Bahrain who are being ruled by minority. But he would not do that. Because USA has military bases there and moreover, Iran supports these people. In recent months, more Shias have been killed in Balochistan but no concern for them. Americans have double standards.

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  • Babloo
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:44AM

    In 1962, I would have said to Pakistan army/isi.
    Forget Kashmir, save East Pakistan.
    In 2012 , 50 years later, the message is
    Forget Kashmir, save Baluchistan
    or else
    who knows what will happen in anathor 50 years !

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  • omg!
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:44AM

    wud china allow gawadar to be an american naval base? in case of aggression wud pakistan mind using nukes for its defense? balochi’s should be taken well and cared; but no 3rd party should be involoved. Balochis are brothers to us but making an issue as a weakness is not acceptable and never will be for country’s sake.

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:51AM

    now false,fake baloch will start to comment here ..i want to clear one thing that majority of baloch in balochistan cannot speak in english except those balochs who live in queeta (Patriot of pakistan and other parts of provinces ) so please indian people directlly or indirectly should not fool to others…we actually know whose agencies are behind balochistanRecommend

  • Zeta
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:58AM

    US should mind its own business and stop policing the world.
    Their agenda of dismemberment of Pakistan is no more secret.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 12:59AM

    this is part of american global agenda, motives and goals to create independent Baluchistan, America actually wants to destroy Pakistan, read an interesting and though provoking article about american agendas against Pakistan

    http://707monty.blogspot.com/2011/12/israel-will-not-attack-at-iran-until.html

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  • Chilli
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:59AM

    We are too late … we have almost lost Baluchistan.. Thanks to PPP for being involved in one more breakup of Country.

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  • ZOHAIB JAFRI
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:01AM

    now these idots will tell us what to do, at last they showed their colours which were expected by most of the pakistanies. Actually they have tabled the strategic plan to divide pak,afghan and iran like they did with iraq by dividing kurdistan. but they should remember thats we are not afghans we paid millions of lives to achieve our PAK WATAN. its also a final bell for our policy makers to redefine their policies for America and for balochistan as well

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  • jerseybb
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:03AM

    Open the NATO supply lines or see what hits you, (that’s the message)

    Pakistan should reply with such unprecedented force that the baloch problem is solved for good and all the fake sardars rest in peace

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  • Mudassar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Its internal issue of Pakistan.Only few groups are raising issue in balochistan which are unloyal to the country and staying in foreign country.
    Ameriki congress should pass the resolution for Kashmires People which is occupied by Indian armed forces over the last 64years.

    We really condemn the un necessary and interven into country legislation and conpiracy against people of Pakistan.

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  • Bhatti
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:11AM

    Wake Up Pakistan!!

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:11AM

    “rich in natural resources but has been subjugated and exploited by Punjabi and Pashtun elites in Islamabad, leaving Baluchistan the country’s poorest province.”

    In Other words Another words they are saying this is one more IRAQ in Sights lets go for it ….Recommend

  • Raza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:13AM

    I dont understand American foreign policy….
    It is run by complete fools…..
    Is it their not enough insecurity already in the minds and hearts of Pakistanis regarding America…

    And as if there is not enough tensions in south east asia between the existing nations that they want to throw another country in the mix….

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  • Fahad Raza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:15AM

    Looks like this character needs some media attention. Who is he republican most probably Recommend

  • Fareed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:16AM

    I just lost the last respect that i had for our politics and establishment. After they’re done with Syria, Balochistan is next.

    How could something like this happen?? How could statesmen allow this to happen?? No strategy, no lobbying? Or was Sherry Rehman a bit too harsh to them?? She was brave enough. She did her part. What did our politics do??

    It saddens me – but – it’s just pathetic to be a pakistani right now. We just did not learn anything from history.

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  • raza hussain
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:21AM

    The U.S is planning to open yet another front in Pakistan, the issue at hand is the initiation of a process which will have further unfolds in the days to come. This move serves as a tripod. It is a message for Pakistan, which is currently trying to amend its foreign policy towards U.S, Iran in context to its rising tensions with U.S and Israel over its nuclear program, Baloch liberation would severely affect it, and finally to Afghanistan where Karzai seems unhappy with U.S over its negotiations with Taliban without Karzai on board.
    Pakistan must address the Baloch issue without any further procrastination. The U.S resolution will give more leverage to India, who is already engaged in the process of destabilizing and arming the rebels in the richest resourceful province of the country.
    The Baloch people here too must realize the grieve impacts of their actions, if GOD forbidden the province is liberated from Pakistan, it will lose all its cherished resources to foreigners.

    The government must respond to this resolution very strongly, We will not tolerate any foreign encroachment in our domestic affairs.

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  • drfaizanpervaiz
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:23AM

    Its funny to hear when i see US talking about human rights!!! Look at yourself what you are doing in guantanamo bay, in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan,,, killing thousands of innocent lives!! i ask where are your human rights??? and btw dear US NO ONE can deny about your political involvement in destabilizing Baluchistan!! You have no right to interfere in our country matters! We have already suffered so much because of you!!
    Thank you so much!!!

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:24AM

    this is part of american global agenda, motives and goals to create independent Baluchistan, America actually wants to destroy Pakistan, read an interesting and though provoking article about american agendas against Pakistan http://707monty.blogspot.com/2011/12/israel-will-not-attack-at-iran-until.html

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  • imran
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:25AM

    This is a clear violation of international norms of diplomacy.Pakistan must condemn this act of republican senetors who,in my opinion on the pay role of Indians.

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  • Ahmad Raza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Its very shameful for us that a outsider is involving in over interior matters. I Think it happens due to Punjabis Repulsive Behavior with Baloch.

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  • Ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:34AM

    US should free Miami… It is rich with resources and people don’t have any money to dress themselves up… so please, end this exploitation of the poor.

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  • ABC
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:34AM

    oh god, americans really are much more intelligent than actually we think !!!!!

    may be their present younger generation has turned into potato couch, but their fathers(current politicians) really have the ability to befool the entire world.

    all this while everybody was thinking that they are after pakistani balochistan, they had larger ideas in mind: they want to dismember not only pakistan but have designs set on irani balochistan as well. so they had blueprint for attack on iran prepared since long. it was just a matter of right time. and when time arrived, those 26 soldiers were the first pawns to be removed from the field.

    from this moment onwards i endorse zaid hamid’s views, of a global conspiracy to dismember pakistan. and so, conspiracy theories were not only figment of imagination of some fertile mind in paksitan, but they do have some weight. i may sound scary but what else this is.

    well, GREAT GAME of 21st century is here, and sadly this time it’s pakistan which is at the receiving end.
    SO this is why so many trips to china, and even to russia, and even attempts to improve relations with india

    that means pak leadership anticapated this and are leaving no stone unturned.

    i would say pakistanis do have some sensible civilain leadership afterall.

    surely tough times ahead.

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  • F K
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:36AM

    This congressman is an idiot. He was one of the few congressmen to actually support the Taliban when they came to power. He went to Afghanistan in the 90′s and said the Taliban were a stable force. He is a rightwing politician and these bills are just for publicity. They won’t go anywhere in Congress or in the Senate. He knows that but he can point to these bills later on showing that he was a “maverick”. Look up his profile online. He also claims that global warming is not caused by humans, so you can tell what his intelligence level is as well.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:38AM

    “Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.” ….Balouchistan need baby attention!!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:39AM

    The Government of Pakistan should see the real face of US.

    US has a double standard.

    US Ambassador should be ask by the Foreign Office to leave Pakistan in 24 hours and at the same time should recall Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman from US without any further delay.

    Government of Pakistan should break all sort of relations including diplomatic relations with US.

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  • ANON
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:39AM

    I guess this was an answer to us and Iran and it happened right on the day when Iranian president was here. No coincidence here. Nice to see US coming out in the open.Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:39AM

    They are like that snake who was frozen in ice and brought to home by a kind-hearted man and when the snake got normal the man gave him milk to drink. After drinking milk that snake bight’s that man’s son and got killed by the man.

    Allah will save Pakistan till the world remain. Inshallah

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  • ANON
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:44AM

    Typical American attitude. Always poking their noses where they don’t belong.

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  • Hamza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:49AM

    All I can say after reading this news report is.. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

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  • ss
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:50AM

    Guys why do i feel like joining Diafa-e-Pakistan (even though they won’t let me be a part of it as i am a shia) :p

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:51AM

    Us should not interfere in Pakistan’s internal matters, US needs to understand they have to work with Pakistan and that the only way to sort out thingsRecommend

  • ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:52AM

    Plz continue the khidmat of Amrika..gillani and Kiyani..allow more drones…the dismemberment plan has started finally in 2012…per the prediction.

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  • ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:54AM

    where are the liberals now…look what your daddy USA is doing..lol

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  • Akbar Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:59AM

    Dirty AMERICANs,

    Pakistan should pass a resolution along with other allies for giving the right of self determination to AMERICAN INDIANS who are the real owners of whole of AMERICAN.

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  • tim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:00AM

    Mr. Rohrabacher

    I am a Costa Mesa resident and I recently called your orange county office and spoke to a young lady who was cordial. The reason for my call was an inquiry regarding your participation with Grover Norquist and his unconstitutional tax pledge.

    I asked the young lady if you had signed it. She answered “not to my knowledge.” She assured me that you do not sign pledges. Once I hung up the phone I went to American’s for Tax Reforms web page to check on her assertion and there was your name as a signer to his pledge.

    Can you please address why you have pledged your loyalty to Grover Norquist over your sworn oath to represent the people in your district?

    I have spoken to all my friends and neighbors in your district. And like me, I was never asked what I think about this pledge and if you should sign it on my behalf. We are your bosses not the lobbyists for Big Money.

    Please inform your staff that your ARE a signer to the Norquist’s pledge. So they can give correct information to your constituents.

    Better yet, remove your name from the pledge and apologize to us.

    Tim Rose

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  • Aryan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @Malik hamza:
    Just FYI, Chicago is a city in state of Illinois.If you know anybody from there, ask them about Delhi Darbar restaurant. It is one my favorite restaurant for last 20 years.Recommend

  • Akbar Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:02AM

    The real point is this “Balochistan is “rich in natural resources”"

    That is the driver of this resolution. Also, Dirty AMERICANs greed has no end even after losing thousands of lives and killing millions of innocent civilians for their natural resource greed.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:03AM

    @jerseybb: You wrote “Pakistan should reply with such unprecedented force that the baloch problem is solved for good”
    Pakistan has responded in East Pakistan with the fury you are dreaming in Balochistan now. What happened then? We left 93 thousand military uniforms there for jail clothing. Some people never learn. Why can’t we be nice and fair to our Baloch brothers and sisters? Military force is a problem not solution.
    Please do not take it personally, regards,
    MirzaRecommend

  • toor
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:03AM

    that’s why our media went crazy for the last few days! they’re helping us! the whole media was talking on missing persons blochistan etc.. Allah save our nation!

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  • Syed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:09AM

    @Scientist: and should I include, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who simply fail to understand when Mujeeb won with big majority – He should have let Mujeeb became the PM of Pakistan.

    My friend, history written in recent days are more twisted than ever. People who were there and still alive tell about the story of truth of what went wrong and the causes for it.

    one suggestion, Trust people but do verify their claim before blindly following them :)

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  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:20AM

    A quick look at Mr Rohrabacher’s voting records speaks volumes for his loyalties and intellect (or lack thereof!)

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  • Salman
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:23AM

    lets see what our impotent leaders gonna reply to this

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  • Abubakar Khalid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Howcome I’ve never seen such bill presented for the people of Kashmir? The Kashmiris for sure are suffering in real but because nobody has the guts to put India in it’s place therefore nothing is ever said. Palestine is another prime example.

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  • Balcoh
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:34AM

    Blackmailing for NATO routes?
    We are Pakistan and Pakistanis, go play your nonsense somewhere else

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  • Rizwan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:38AM

    US is showing their original face.They took Pakistan for an ride in 1971 on Bangladesh and now on Balochistan.Its an wake up call

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  • Faisal
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:38AM

    They do not see their own brutality in Afghanistan and in Iraq for more than 10 years. And what about Palastine,Kashmir. america simply want to hunt Iran and Pakistan with one ARROW to clear the ROAD for India. Pakistan must SLAP FIRMLY before they cut us into pieces. They have only one policy– divide & rule.

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  • Faisal
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:44AM

    @Salahuddin:
    Is FC killing people and Iranian Passdaaraan-a-Inqalaab in Seestan(Irani Baluchistan) and in Afghanistan. Come on man, FC is responsible upto certain extent. But all is not result of FC. And what is US is doing to Afghanistan and Iran.????? Stay Blessed and United. May Allah Bless Us. Aameen

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  • Kamran Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:46AM

    It is just US game when they felt the winter is going and the supply lines are still closed so they made a drama against Pakistan.
    Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan and no US can break it.If it does then it will be the 3rd world war and Pakistan will be the more big country geographically after all this…

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  • khalifaofkipling
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:46AM

    :…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.”

    I wonder if they feel the same way about kashmir

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  • Zulfiqar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:55AM

    This is a wake up call for Pakistani nation…All Baloch are our brothers, muslims and Pakistanis,…US can not divide us..US should try to raise voice for Kashmir, Palestine…..

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  • Salma
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:55AM

    he’s an idiot of the first order has attacked Pashtuns along with Punjabis shows his level of insanity and ignorance. Despite this black mailing they won;t get Dr. Afridi!

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  • Zulfiqar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:02AM

    After fighting American war in Afghanistan which resulted in loosing thousand and thousand Pakistani Army personnel lives, hundred and thousand bomb blast across Pakistan – thats what Americans are rewarding Pakistani nation now…..

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 3:13AM

    Finally, the snake spits venom out,America can naver be a faithful friend to any one,accept Israel,so it time for pak nation to do the same, as Iranian did in 1979, just kick them out, and keep freinds like china, Iran, Saudi Arab, turkey, who are real friend of Pakistan.America is double face snake, a war criminal country, the should talk about Palestine , and Kashmiri rights,

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  • Kamran Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:15AM

    It is US self made drama
    shame they do not like to see on the Kashmir, Palistine and dozens other issues.
    Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan.
    When the American noticed the supply lines are still closed and the winter is going then they started to awake again their new devilish thoughts to impose on poor countries.
    If they do some wrong in Balochistan then it will be the 3rd world war and Pakistan will be the more bigger country geographically after all this……

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  • TruthNFacts
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:16AM

    @Mirza: I really appreciate you for your comments. However, I am unsure why you think Pakistani establishment will behave in a civilized manner and will happily grant the rights to people of Baluchistan. In fact, they have been ruling over smaller provinces like colonial masters since day one. They have not leant a single lesson from the blunders that they made in the past. Rather, they are still insisting on their supremacy over other ethnic groups. As a matter of fact, they never respected the rights of people of Pakistan, particularly people of smaller provinces. Keeping in view the current circumstances, it seems they are not in a mood to choose the rational path to a respectable solution to critical issues like Baluchistan issue. They are accustomed to only one language, which is language of power. They respect it and understand it.

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  • Asif Ali khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Pakistan is a federation. Baluchistan is one of the federal unit,having vast land and unlimited natural resources. The inhabitants are Pukhtun and Baluch. The people are extremely poor having almost no acess to clean drinking water and education. Typical Pakistani style corrupt democratic provincial government is there. The real Pukhtun and Baluch leaders didn’t take part in 2008 general elections. In the present provincial assembly every member is a minister and there is no opposition member. It is really a joke and shame on democracy. The present chief minister is like a joker,once he said in an interview that their is no difference in a real or forged educational degree and once he fell down while delivering a speech,stated to be drunk. Pakistani ruling elite never bothered what was going in Baluchistan.Quetta is the capital city of Baluchistan,far away from the Pakistan’capital Islamabad.Maari,Mengal and Bugtis are the big Baluch tribes and Achakzai is a Pukhtun tribe,besides thiese their are so many other tribes. Chief of Bugtis tribe Akbar Khan Bugtis was killed by Gen.Musharaf,before killing him he warned Nawab Akbar khan that he would be killed not knowing what killed him and exactly he was killed in such a way in a cave,no member of his family was allowed to attend his funeral and could confirm that the dead body in the coffin was Nawab Bugti corpse.Mr Bugti was a known pro federation and not a separatist ,later on he became a nationalist.He remained a Governor,chief minister and a federal minister.Khair Buksh Maari son and Ataullah Mengal son in law were also killed in misterious circumstances.Habib jailb Baluch was recently killed,It was also reported that almost 600 target killing took place and almost one hundred thousand settlers have been migrated from Baluchistan..The issue of missing persons is also a very serious issue

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 3:29AM

    Congressman Rohrabacher is living in the wrong time in history. He is working to give the US Congress a bad name and black eye. Balochistan is Pakistan and Pakistan is Balochistan. Congressman doesn’t realize that the social media empowered 180 million Pakistanis are now part of an awakening giant that cannot be used or abused. Just read all the comments quickly posted at the end of the web article

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  • Ali Wazir
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:29AM

    Myabe the Army will behave now given their masters have shown their concern…

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  • Cautious
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:36AM

    The sovereignty of Balochistan has always been Pakistan’s Achilles heel — you take their wealth and treat them like 3′rd Class citizens. I suspect the USA has gotten tired of being prodded by Pakistan and has decided to do some prodding of it’s own — hope you have thick skin because your going to need it.

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  • Shock Horror
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:39AM

    Conspiracy created jointly by CIA, RAW, MI5, Mossad and, of course, ISI.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 3:41AM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    Dont say ‘ we in India.’ You are NOT an Indian and forget Kashmir. And we know everything about what Musharraf did in Balochistan and the death of Nawab Bugti and his locked coffin. Don’t mess up with us!!

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  • Zeta
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Only few separatist terrorist leaders on the payroll of RAW, CIA are ranting against the State of Pakistan.

    I bet every single cent that General Baloch population is patriotic and would defend Pakistan in all situations.

    I agree there has been neglect on the part of Government in Balochistan but small but similar is the situation of rest of Pakistanis. People in Punjab are frustrated by the central government as much as any other part of Pakistan

    Now wait for sunshine, and these insecure indian trolls will pop up posing as balochis and wanting Independence. sick people

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  • Saleem
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:45AM

    Rohrabacher shows how ignorant he is about Baluchistan. He said, “The Baluchi, like other nations of people…” Congressman, they are called Baluch not Baluchi. Baluchi is the language they speak, you clueless American.
    Saleem

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  • Ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:46AM

    Is a strong resolution forthcoming regarding the plight of Palestinians? I doubt it. What about Kashmiris? Doubt it again. We can’t do much but pray an honest government who cares about its people comes to power. Balochistan doesn’t need a development package it needs a systemic overhaul. The system within Balochistan, interior sindh, KP, and parts of Punjab is akin to slavery and that needs to abolished. WE need to put our house in order so psychos like this man aren’t given pub.

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  • Optimist
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:59AM

    Palestine anyone?
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    US agenda has never been a secret!!!

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  • Yasir
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:20AM

    Being local of the Baluchistan, I must like to put emphasis on the reality we are facing. Few tribe leaders are enjoying million of dollars and are sabotaging the law and order situation. These Morons have trained millitant terrorists wearing fake Pakistan Army and FC uniform and are creating havoc by target killing pro-Pakistani nationals. I must request Pak ISI to intervene and execute those outfits.Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2012 - 4:27AM

    I guess the Americans are blind and they don’t see the plight of Palestinians, whom they are suppressing in their own homeland for the last 60 years.

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  • Chotta Panda
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:47AM

    The message to Pakistan is very clear:

    Don’t play double game in Afghanistan
    Don’t give Chinese access to Gawadar port
    Don’t go ahead with Iran-Pakistan gas pipe line
    Don’t trade nuclear secrets to rogue states for money
    Reign in on ISI, Army and your LeT, JeM type of strategic assets

    If you do so, be ready to pay the penalties. If you try to play in a league that is outside your capability, this is what happens. If you monkey around with the US, this is what will happens.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:49AM

    Pakistan is always harping about how India should allow Kashmir to vote on independence — now the shoes on the other foot and it would appear your not to pleased. Maybe both countries can give these people the right to choose? A peaceful Balochistan is the key to prosperity in the region — I suspect India, Afghanistan, Iran and even China would prefer to have Balochistan independent and peaceful rather than part of a Pakistan stuck in perpetual turmoil.

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  • Sheryar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:09AM

    Well the fact that there are no human rights in balouchistan is wrong…because there are no human rights in Pakistan anywhere….the poor, innocent and the honest are sufferers in this country and the robbers loot us. A leader like Asif Zardari replicates the people of this country in the best way possible. A nation without values, integrity & backbone….what right do we have to colonialise balouchistan…free them, no decent pakistani wants to live in this country….if the pakistanis themselves dont want to live in this country why force balouchis to be part of it.

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  • Amir
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:28AM

    True face of America here! We have been in bed with them for sooo long as soon as we want out they taking our Balochistan! Guys i hope we can save our nation otherwise we going to be broken faster than a cricket bat! We need to be proud to be Pakistani’s not punjabi sindhi balochi in pakistan we rule with division we dont !

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  • Waqt-ka-Taqaaza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:43AM

    Did anybody here see Hamid Mir’s show where he discussed Balochistan? There are things happening there that is hard to believe. It looks like a repeat of 1971. Unless the security agencies start taking responsibility and stop the violence, this region will be lost to Pakistan forever.

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  • Hawaii Independence
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:55AM

    Pakistan’s senate should pass a resolution demanding the independence of Hawaii, California and all other non-white land occupied by the USA by force.

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  • narayana murthy
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:07AM

    This is absolutely the right time for India to start pumping millions of dollars into Balochistan.

    Baloch people should be able to buy weapons and further their cause.

    Pakistan need to understand two things -

    1) Suppression won’t work in genuine cases.

    2) Religion is never the reason to unite people or disintegrate people.

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  • mian mitho
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:19AM

    Have they ever tabled a similar resolution for Kashmir? Never.

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  • muhammad irfan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:22AM

    Thanks to pakistani intelligence and military planers to perform a brilliant job ever to break pakistan since 1947.I these departments are always headed by childish peoples.shameful for us.

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  • alam khurshid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:26AM

    Realistically what do the Pakhtuns and balochis have in common with punjabis and Sindhis? Historically very little. Punjabis and Sindhis are really north indian in culture, food, and language. Pakhtuns and balochis are more Persian than indian. That is the Gods honest truth.

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  • Nomi
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Why are we suddenly taken aback by this? Where were our patriot keyboard warriors when Baloch daughters were pleading for their loved ones? Why don’t we hold people accountable. After reading many comments it is evident that the same attitude was prevalent during the 1971 crisis. Sadly, we learned nothing.

    No body cares about the US, but if we cared about Baluchistan, we would have made every possible compromise to bring the baloch towards Pakistan’s mainstream.

    By uttering preposterous notions of army not involved, jewish conspiracy, “Amreeka want to break up” and the rest of the ludicrous crap, we have effectively signed Pakistanis federation’s death warrant ourselves.

    Baluchistan might not become an independent nation, but it will sadly remain lawless and 42% of our land mass may not prosper for a long long time.

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  • Ahmed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:54AM

    US should be discussing the independence of Puerto Rico that is not even geographically in the same vicinity and still governed by US Congress. What about the Chagos Island and Diego Garcia that US forcefully overtook and threw out its inhabitants?

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  • Faheem Tassadaq
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:55AM

    Its not about Pakistan only… US is trying to achieve another objective here, i-e, To establish a stronghold in this region to be able to launch strikes on Iran since they would never be able to convince and use Pakistan as a launchpad for its military operations against Iran..

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  • Simply Sane
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:02AM

    @pakistanibaloch: Yeah all the southern states. Those republican congressmen have nothing better to do with their luxurious time?

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  • Call me eccentric if you like
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:22AM

    @Scientist: Not Pakistan. The quota system privileged Punjabi bureaucrats did not learn from their mistakes in East Pakistan. Even we common Pukabis suffer at their hands. It’s not the army’s fault it’s the CSS exam passing jacks of all trades master of none babus whose high handed is causing problems. Recommend

  • Roghen Res
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:25AM

    Soon,there would be a bill/resolution in United Nation,God willing…

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  • Munda Baloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:28AM

    Good move, but should have done long back as it got independence on 11th August , 1947 and Pakistan has illegally occupied it since than.

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:36AM

    @Digvijay Singh.

    While I respect the opinion of YOU INDIANS, I being a Pakistani (as you are an Indian), disagree with you.

    Because Kashmir is an unjust cause. A separation based on religion is a bigoted cause. On the contrary, Balochs are fighting because we Pakistanis have oppressed them.

    So, We Pakistan must forget about kashmir and work towards the independence of Balochistan.

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  • Ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:39AM

    @pakistanibaloch: Love you brother, i am from Punjab i salute you.

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  • AJ
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:41AM

    How come similar sentiments are not heartfelt by the US House of Respresentatives for the Palestinians and Kashmiris. This is completely unwarranted for and irresponsible of the so called allies. It’s one thing wanting to rule a country but to use such ploys in order to dis-integrate it, just goes to show how we as Pakistanis have only made wrong choices throughout our history when it comes to foreign policy.

    Most Baloch friends I have are very patriotic Pakistanis but we all realize that injustice has been done to them by ignoring their concerns.

    All Pakistanis stand together!

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  • Humayun
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:15AM

    Wake up Pakistan, smell your coffee. Its morning !!!!

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  • Cosmo
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Wo hoo! I wish the baloch bothers to expect their independence soon! Am sure India will do everything possible to help the independent balochistan a free n developing nation.Recommend

  • Haider
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:28AM

    We are a nuclear state we know how to defend our country. Previous year more people died in karachi then whole of Baluchistan, so u can well imagine the strength of the movement. If the american are so concerned how abt a plebiscite in Bahrain, Kashmir, New Mexico, India (naxalites)..

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  • Taji
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:37AM

    This, apparently is a pay back for: (1) cutting the NATO supply; (2) honoring the agreement with Iran to build the gas pipeline; (3) not bringing the Taliban leadership to the negotiation table; (4) not attacking the Haqqani network; (5) harboring Osama Bin Ladin; and the list goes on…….

    The current leadership in Islamabad has no strategy, they don’t understand the lobbying power in Washington. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Why the US’ leaders don’t say,define and declare clearly that we are interrupting and meddling in Balochistan’s affairs and also don’t accept this reality before the world that Balochistan’s internal unrest is due to only US’ interruption and meddling?

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  • ParvezM
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:40AM

    @Hawaii Independence: original people of that island would be very happy.

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  • Omar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:52AM

    Thanks US for fighting for human rights around the world. No country should be allowed to occupy other peoples land. Everybody has the right of freedom, Baloch nation can’t live a slavery life anymore.

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:54AM

    @Cautious:
    This is just too funny. I guess the US is also reassessing it policy toward PAK. PAK felt it had all the cards in the game – surprise they don’t. It seems two can play the game PAK wants to play.

    PAK and for the majority who have made comments do not understand the concept of “What goes around comes around>” PAK believes it can do anything, say anything and then act totally differently and no one is paying attention. Well as you pointed out……they are.

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  • vadapav
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:02AM

    well, Jinnah started this trend.No point in complaining now.

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  • nationalist baloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:10AM

    @Cautious … how cuuuute … !!

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  • ahmed baloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:14AM

    This person “pakistanibaloch” is a fake person. Balochis do not represent his viewpoint. And his comment has been recommended by panjabis and not balochis. …

    Therefore this is a right move by US… other countries like china, india should support it.Recommend

  • Indian muslim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Nice move by USA. We 20 crore Indian Muslims support this initiative.

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  • Truth From Pakistan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:17AM

    A deliberate attempt to provoke unrest. I can only say, Mind your own business and be a daddy to your country, not ours!

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  • Citizen of Pakistan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Now that Pakistan is not an obedient servant an independent Balochistan with low population density can essentially serve the purpose.

    I hope our perpetually irresponsible media will choose it’s words right.

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  • Afghan Sarbaaz
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Dear brave Baloch brethren, the wheel of freedom just start moving and you got the green light… Keep up the great job, never give up and fight as long as it takes. Seekers are finders. Free Balochistan—- Azad Balochistan. So proud of you Baloch brethren!!!

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  • vasan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:48AM

    OK guys, you have ranted enough and typed in enough. Now get on with the next article or next move by US. There is an opinion column in “The News” which describes how US plans/funds/executes the release valves in muslim countries which releases the anger towards the Americans and then situation becomes normal. This is one another example.

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  • Zeta
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Fellow Pakistanis, dont forget their well known policy of

    DIVIDE and CONQUER

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  • ahmed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:03AM

    Free balochistan will solve many problem for the world..We want free balochistan !!..

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  • Asim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:11AM

    U.S gone mad ….. using bad tools to take out her frustration against the rising power of China n Russia in the region.

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  • Jat
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:13AM

    We will not tolerate american interference in our region. We are more well trained and more experienced than the americans in breaking up Pakistan. Remember how peacefully and with great finesse we handled the separation of our Bangladeshi brothers.

    I am sure PM Gillani will immediately table a resolution in national assembly for Balochistan independence after consultation with the leader of opposition.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:13AM

    America’s selective application of human rights for it’s foreign policy of objectives is truly shameful. Is it blind to the plight of the Kashmiris and Palestinians? One thing is clear, America is not our friend. We must never open up the nato supply routes.Recommend

  • Mahesh
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:14AM

    America has flies, bees, birds, beautiful butterflies
    Attract we may with virile, or be guided by our riles
    The beautiful swarm or the filthiest of their flies

    In our home I can bet, blooms and flora we can set
    Shovel feces we instead, security, contempt, other asset.
    Stop and we must ask, is it at ours or whose behest

    While our home smell afoul, drooling flies begin to prowl
    The major voice undrawn,only the honorable growl
    Browbeaten sane voices drown, lost in melee, in howl

    OneEighty million strong,why put up with this so long
    No power can do us wrong, when we all stand along
    Singing democratic songs, we must to one nation belong

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  • Jat
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:17AM

    Moreover (these americans are so dumb), a free Balochistan with its huge area will provide us with excellent strategic depth.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:17AM

    How about replicating the same formula in Kashmir, Israel and Alaska?

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  • BlackJack
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Fact is that far less people are dying these days in Kashmir than in Balochistan or Karachi for that matter. We are quietly fixing our internal problems while you guys run from pillar to post complaining of conspiracies to destroy your nation. But even if Balochistan becomes independent, it would be part of the Ummah, which recognizes no borders, right?Recommend

  • Think Tank
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:41AM

    As the policy of this country is KILL N DUMP. Results are seen very soon. This is not 1970s its 2012 where media revolution is in its peak. If this state had a little pity on oppressed communities than problems could b solved. now its the peak time to change the policy and it may be the final chance to do so.

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  • Zeta
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Apart from few paid terrorizing baloch sardars, the general public are patriotic and have deep love for Pakistan

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  • Andrew
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Rest of the world excluding Europe and America can killed an determined as COLLETRAL DAMAGE???

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  • A2Z
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:06PM

    @DevilHunterX:
    as they says,
    it’s the economy stupid.
    that puny israel is barely of the size of New Jersey, but has an economy larger than pakistan.
    india, soaring ahead, has lot of opportunities for american comoanies, so they are assisting them. they don’t have any special affection towards them.
    in realpolitik there are no permanent friends.Recommend

  • Salar Baloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:30PM

    We Balochs thank US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from the core of our hearts for raising Balochistan Issue on international Levels, We are fed of Hypocrite Pakies who are continously gifting us dead bodies of our beloved one since last 65 years of punjabi slavery. Long live USA, Long Live US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

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  • pakistani
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37PM

    We all need to study the entire issue in detail and then post some comments.USA is always busy in creating troubles in muslim countries and this is in line with their policy.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Who is Pakistan’s biggest enemy now ————– US or India or both ? How much more can Pakistan possibly spend on defense to deter both these threats ? What is the future of Pakistan ? What will be the future of a new born in the Pakistan of today ?

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