US respects Pakistan's territorial integrity: State Department

Published: February 22, 2012

US State Department spokesperson says they have talked to Pakistan over the report. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

WASHINGTON: US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland on Tuesday said the US respected the territorial integrity of Pakistan and that Congressman Rohrabacher’s resolution on Balochistan did not reflect the US government’s views.

In response to a question at the State Department daily press briefing, Nuland said that the US respects Pakistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. She added that Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman and Islamabad had reached out to the US on resolution.

“The United States respects the territorial integrity of Pakistan.  Members of Congress introduce legislators 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 legislation,” State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at the daily briefing.

Last week, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a house concurrent resolution asking that Balochistan be given the right of self-determination.

Nuland said that on the subject of Balochistan, they encouraged all parties to work together.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Dave Burnstorm
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:42AM

    Thank you Miss Nuland for highlighting the need to resolve Baluchistan issue, please advise us how to stop drone strikes in tribal areas, the inocent people of tribal areas have unanimously requested to stop the strikes, also an area of concern for the US authorities worried for the well being of pakistanis.

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  • Akthar
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:12AM

    How much they respect, we all know. The drones are still flying on our Territory and firing at will.. We have lost all self respect, that is it…

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  • Falcon
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:38AM

    Thanks God, they said something to pacify the situation. However, let’s hope our nation does not go back to sleep after hearing this and gives undivided deserving attention to Balochistan

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  • Nitin
    Feb 22, 2012 - 7:51AM

    Love it or Hate it, US is not going any where , its part of your life, So its better to Love it

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 22, 2012 - 9:41AM

    She is saying right and she is right on her stance because US respects only Pakistan’s land’s territorial integrity not aerial’s territory’s integrity.

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  • Feb 22, 2012 - 12:22PM

    US is as much an enemy of Pakistan is as India and Israel are

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  • Anonymous
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:07PM

    US respects Pakistan’s territorial integrity but does not consider Baluchistan as part of Pakistan

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