US Balochistan draft: PML-N resolution calls for summoning Munter to Punjab Assembly

Published: February 20, 2012

A resolution filed in the Punjab Assembly secretariat to condemn the US bill on Balochistan has demanded that US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter should be summoned in the house for an explanation. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: A resolution filed in the Punjab Assembly secretariat to condemn a draft resolution in the US Congress on Balochistan has demanded that US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter should be summoned in the house for an explanation.

The resolution, filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Dr Zamrud Yasmeen Rana, was submitted on Monday and says that a clarification issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad over the draft resolution, tabled by US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, is insufficient.

Dr Rana, in her resolution, has urged that the Punjab Assembly recommend the federal government to take the Baloch into confidence and immediately address their grievances.

The resolution states that the US resolution is an irrelevant intervention in Pakistan’s internal affairs. It also recommends that the federal government take up the Kashmir issue more effectively and to convince to US congress to raise its voice against Indian brutality in the Kashmir valley.

Another resolution, filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s Parliamentary Leader Chaudhry Zaheeruddin Khan, has also been submitted.

Khan’s resolution terms the American resolution as a conspiracy against Pakistan’s territorial integrity. It says that the resolution endangers Pakistan’s sovereignty and is an open violation of international laws.

Claiming that the PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had served to empower the Baloch, the resolution also states that such a resolution should never be taken lightly or ruled out easily.

The resolution also questions the US’ silence over the Kashmir issue.

Not to be outdone, Pakistan Peoples Party’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shaukat Basra also submitted a resolution over the issue. He said that the Punjab Assembly will unanimously pass the resolution. Basra’s resolution not only condemns the US resolution but also states that the people of Punjab are upset at this move.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Hamid
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Thats Good! Really Good!Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2012 - 1:21PM

    We need actions not words

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  • Hamza
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:27PM

    So it has been decided to announce the official Independence of Balochistan in the Punjab assembly. Wrong Choice. It should be done in the Balochistan assembly. Who are these punjabis???

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  • Lawaning
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:59PM

    What about Hebryar Marri. He clearly said war for indendence. You can call Munter to your presence the fact is still there that Baloch are no more ready to be part of Pakistan.

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  • Butt
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:12PM

    Great..
    PML-N Zindabad ..

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  • Babar
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:17PM

    What Difference will it make? Punjab has given a lot for this federation and has always been abused by other provinces. Innocent Punjabi’s are killed by Balochi’s, no one talks about them. I know the families who have lost their loved ones because of this insanity. This practice should end now, I vote for a greater Punjab, don’t want to live in Pakistan anyhow now, enough is enough.

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Summon to Punjab assembly? Are the mad and have lost their senses? This is a matter for Pakistan and National Assembly is the appropriate forum. Otherwise we would be reinforcing the perception that Pakistan’s provinces are drifting apart and this would play into the hands of enemies of Pakistan like those Republican Congressmen who moved this resolution in the US Congress.

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  • blithe
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:42PM

    It also recommends that the federal government take up the Kashmir issue more effectively and to convince to US congress to raise its voice against Indian brutality in the Kashmir valley.

    good point.

    ppp has totally slept on Kashmir issue, which is actually an international dispute as per UN Resolutions.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:43PM

    What a contradictory move by Punjab assembly? Baluchistan and Kashmir both together. How can one have different yardsticks. Pakistan has cause immense pains to India over last 64 years. Time to pay back now. Statements on Kashmir will ensure that India actively sides with USA and supports Baluchistan freedom movement.

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  • Beatle
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Stupidity at its extreme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ali
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:04PM

    Everyone point their fingers to panjabis but we are the one who are getting killed in Balochistan, Sindh, FATA, waziristan etc.. nobody cares about us.. but when we kill baloch terrorists everyone starts bashing us… remember we were the one who created pakistanRecommend

  • ahmed baloch
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:05PM

    We want free balochistan. Why panjabis are passing resolution ?? we will pass it in balochistan.

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  • Saleem
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:08PM

    @Hamza , its about time to come out of myopic thinking and stone age era. The world is going global. There are thousands of baluchis working all over Pakistan and so are various ethnicities working in Baluchistan. The world is forming larger blocs and bigger communities for effective powers. Why are you thinking small based on provices and even within provinces dying for the tribe ???

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  • Rahim
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:11PM

    America must stay out of our internal affairs, if they are that much concern about human rights then how come they haven’t solved Kashmir, Palestine and many more issues which have been going on for decades.

    Also I agree with Hamza, this issue must be dealt with the federal and Balochistan assembly not at Punjab, NWFP or Sindh.

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  • S Khan
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Forget Kashmir…Save Balochistan…
    Talk about human rights in Balochistan ..Not in kashmir or Palestine..

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  • Pardesi
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:14PM

    The sheer arrogance of the Americans is beyond belief. Can you imagine if you had a similar situation where Pakistan or any other country was demanding a certain part of the USA be made independent. This is a country which did not give equal rights, let alone equal rights black people were not even allowed to use the same seats on a bus. The audacity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What should Pakistan do? Tell them to stick their bill where the sun never shines.
    And by the way will you all stop talking about Punjab, Balochistan etc etc.That way surely leads to divisions and problems.

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  • truthisbitter!
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:22PM

    US! dont ever open your mouth about our colonies!

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  • butt jee
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:44PM

    @Hamza:
    Resolutions against the US action should be passed by all the four provincial assemblies and the Parliament.

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  • Rabzon
    Feb 20, 2012 - 5:36PM

    This is just a political drama. A resolution on this matter should be passed in the National Assembly, not in a Punjab Assembly. But the most important thing is, what our politicians are doing to address the grievances of our Baloch brothers and sisters?

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  • Imran
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:06PM

    @Babar:
    What were Punjabis doing in such a large numbers in Balochistan? Using its quota to become superior court judges, bureaucrats under fake domiciles? My friend this is not the service of the federation. This is already an agenda of usurping the rights of other provinces.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:14PM

    watch this what US congress man says;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGFWt3gs2hs

    Things are going to be very hard, unless Pakistan sets her house in order.

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 7:54PM

    Unity is the need of the time,circumstance like Bangladesh are being created having seen internal situation of the country.
    PML(N) and PPP have tremendous difference on different issues and looks each other as they are dead enemies.President due to his role played in the past have taken silence,prime minister is facing contempt of court and court looks in position to convict him and such expectation has made the present government fragile and embattled in nature,Establishment has its own view on the memogate.

    On the other hand we have some reservation regarding the United States policy and behave toward Pakistan.

    In view of the existing political situation separatists in Balochistan has taken it as a golden chance and started unacceptable activities against the federation.

    The question before is that what we should do in such unfortunate conditions,I would like to say on this opportunity that we need national consensus and unity otherwise history of the world would never forgive us.

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  • The Baloch
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Why not the same bill passed in balochistan assembly?

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  • John B
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Does Punjab assembly has jurisdiction to summon Munter to the assembly? After all, Munter is an ambassador for PAK not for Punjab. Any visit by him is a courtesy not an obligation.

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  • Hamid Umair
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande What about UN resolutions on Kashmir that voice of Kashmiris will be heard. India accepted that referendum would be done in Kashmir but after many decads it hav’nt happened. What a shame

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 21, 2012 - 3:04AM

    Gee………..why not make a real statement and summon the President of the United States.

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  • SoundofFury
    Feb 21, 2012 - 8:55AM

    @Hamid Umair:

    “What about UN resolutions on Kashmir that voice of Kashmiris will be heard. India accepted that referendum would be done in Kashmir but after many decads it hav’nt happened.”

    The UN resolutions on Kashmir were taken as Chapter 6 resolutions which are only recommendatory/suggestive in nature (in contrast to UN resolutions on Israel/Palestine which were under Chapter 7 and thus obligatory), therefore India is not required to hold anything. Moreover Pakistan made a plebiscite impossible when it gave away portions of Kashmir to China.

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  • Noor
    Feb 21, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Pakistan should file a writ in International Court of Justice & a Complaint in UN Security Council.

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  • SALMAN WATTO
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:59AM

    now pakistan got the taste of their own medicine.why we people always behind hindustan regarding kashmir.we can take care of our own baluch people we are talking about kashmir .

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