Rohrabacher's Balochistan resolution could undermine Pak-US ties: Sherry

Published: March 11, 2012

Pakistan's Ambassador to the US expresses serious concerns in a letter to US House speaker. PHOTO: FILE

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman expressed serious concern on Sunday over Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution on Balochistan, in a letter addressed to US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner.

According to the official sources, the letter says that such “statements and resolutions in contravention of UN charter and international norms could undermine Pakistan-US relations.”

The letter comes after Congressman Rohrabacher introduced a House Concurrent Resolution in February, calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self determination

Rohrabacher, who is also the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, had earlier chaired a Congressional hearing on human rights violations in Balochistan.

The Republican Congressman also introduced bills calling for Dr Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA in confirming Bin Laden’s identity, to be given US citizenship and be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Reader Comments (86)

  • Cautious
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:57PM

    What happens in the USA Congress is their business — you don’t see the American Ambassador writing letters to your Parliament every time they do something that offends the Americans. Oh well – no doubt Boehner will place the letter in the “round file” were it belongs.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:28PM

    According to the forecast, in 2013, US is going to be declared as “Underdeveloped Country” which an ordinary American Citizen does not know about it.

    Rohrabacher’s resolution on Baluchistan is far from reality. The dream will never come true.

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  • John B
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:29PM

    By convention, anything spoken or written at the floor of the house is protected by the US constitution and is a public record.

    Rohrabacher’s bill is the same as numerous unanimous resolutions PAK passed against US efforts in Afghanistan. At least, in US there is no unanimous support of the congressmen.

    When was the last time PAK spoke anything that fostered US-PAK friendship in public.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:30PM

    @Cautious:
    It wouldn’t matter if the matter wasn’t related to sanctity of Pakistan,

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  • Malik
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:59PM

    @John B:
    When was the last time US apologized for killing thousands of innocent Pakistanis? Ms Sherry has done the right thing by raising concern over it, its her right and duty to do so.

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  • Ali. Mir
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:59PM

    But why has it taken Pakistan’s Ambassador over Two weeks to respond?

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Ambassador Rehman’s letter to Speaker Boehner is an undiplomatic, unwise and counterproductive thing to do. If I was her boss, I would consider this as an example of gross incompetence, unless I was silly enough to have asked her to send this letter in the first place. The ambassador should know that this is not Pakistani parliament that acts as a second-fiddle to Pakistani rulers. US Congress acts as an independent body. The resolution that Congressman Rohrabacher has introduced has no chance of passage, as many House members have expressed their opposition to it. Even the Congressman’s own party is against it. The State Department has distanced itself from the resolution. Then what was the need to send this unnecessary letter? The only thing that this letter will do is bring humiliation to Pakistan, because the Speaker will simply file it and forget about it, and rightly so. This letter shows how little Ambassador Rehman knows about the system of government in the country in which she is stationed — and this is not a country with which Pakistan has no major issue. What a terrible dereliction of duty! She is probably trying to earn points back in Pakistan, and in the process has jeopardized the interests of the Pakistani people whom she is representing. If she want to be politician, she should stop being a diplomat
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:15PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    Let me quote you:
    “According to the forecast, in 2013, US is going to be declared as “Underdeveloped Country” which an ordinary American Citizen does not know about it.”

    Even if this happens , how would this help Pakistan and its people? Or are you happy as long as something bad happens in America? Even if this hallucination of the self-declared custodians of Pakistan’s interests and other equally obnoxious entities and individuals does actually happen, would you, at that time, return all the billions that we have given you?Recommend

  • Pk
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:24PM

    Ambassador Sherry Rehman is doing her job. She is smart and a great diplomat and all admiration and respect goes out to her.

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  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:39PM

    It is high time that the Pakistan government recognises what is obvious to the rest of the world, the the US is intent on dismembering Pakistan, either by insurgency or using their military or a combination of the two. This pattern can be seen in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria etc. Yet our leaders seem to be suffering from cognitive dissonance. It is really remarkable that what is obvious to schoolboy escapes the collected wisdom of our leaders.

    Perhaps dismemberment is indeed what it will take to get rid of decades of incompetent leadership and its replacement by intelligent honest and ACTIVE entities.

    Recognise your enemies and take action to protect yourselves instead of wishful thinking or living in a world of fantasy. In our world only the strong survive. This rule of natural selection can be seen manifested through out nature.

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  • JS
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:55PM

    The leaders in Pakistan need to get their heads out of the sand and smell the air around them which is getting quite toxic for the nation.
    However, Sherry Rehman is one person who is doing a great job.

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  • Ahmed
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:06PM

    When is US going to do a hearing on its own human rights violations? Like the ones in Diego Garcia and Chagos Islands? 50,000 people were taken away forcibly from their homes and thrown on the shipyards of Mauritius so US can build military bases.

    What a pathetic joke!

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  • Kamran Shafi
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:23PM

    The silliest thing to do, actually! There we go again, making fools of ourselves. Surely no one in the FO could have advised the ambassador to write the letter, so, whose stupid directions is she following? What hold does Speaker Boehner have on Rep. Rohrabacher (once the darling of the Pakistani Establishment during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan)?
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  • Shafqat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 11:56PM

    Irresponsible statements that are damaging to the integrity of Pakistan should be addressed by the Pakistani Ambassador regardless of who thinks what. It is the Ambassador’s duty to bravely stand up, point out, and nip it in the bud regardless. Pakistan is going through trying times and it needs strong leadership that can stand up and protect the inregrity of the country at each and every turn! Hats out to Sherry Rehman!

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  • G. Din
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:25AM

    @Shafqat:
    “It is the Ambassador’s duty to bravely stand up, point out, and nip it in the bud regardless. “
    Ambassador Rehman is doing what any other ambassador would do – carry out her government’s directions even if it entails taking abuse from the host country. No ambassador goes out on the limb on his/her own.
    “Nip it in the bud”? Nip what in the bud? You cannot nip anything in the bud or at any time. Remind yourself that Turkey has been trying hard, threatening, throwing temper tantrums and warning every country that takes up the case of Armenian holocaust how it will not look kindly on its relations with them. China is doing the same about Tibet. To what end? No one gives a damn. If Turkey or China, both of which are far more respected in the world than Pakistan, cannot nip it -in the bud or even after decades- how can Pakistan? You have to come down to earth some day, sir! Understand you have no leverage!

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 12:28AM

    Such American steps makes us more to hate them

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  • Yousaf Hyat
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Baluchistan is going to be another lever in the Iran Israel nuclear bomb schism.Ms Rehman needs to get the Pakistani Ex -pat community together and use us to write /call Congress etc …Pakistani Americans are TOTALLY NEGLECTED as our Embassy is ABSOLUTLY unaware of our presence and ability .

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  • Truth
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Well it’s another drama from incompetent Pakistani leaders. One one hand they take money from the US to kill their own people and on other the complain if US tries to relieve some from atrocities.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Malik:
    When was the last time Pakistan apologized for harboring Bin Laden after killing thousands of Americans?

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:06AM

    @Malik:

    Everyone the Americans kill are innocent not just Pakistanis. This is much different than the PAK military which only kills militants. When was the last time the PAK military was ever accused of killing innocents………?

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:08AM

    @Pk:
    No she is none of those things…….but looks a lot better than the last ambassador.

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  • Mir Daud Khan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:19AM

    The bill moved in U.S. congress also means that Pakistan should
    stop her atrocities to Balochs and suggests to sanctons on
    Pakistani Military. It`s sad that all Pakistanis are acting like
    President Assad of Syria insisting it the “internal issue of
    the State” to get free hands to kill his citizens.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:34AM

    @MarkH:
    As if he was legal resident. Silly question.
    First how about you make sure he WAS there?

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 2:22AM

    @Cautious:

    I just want to know,how the Americans will react,if a Pakistani Member of Parlament tells the Assembly,that TEXAS deserves an independece,which it pursues since 1848.

    And California too…

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 2:32AM

    @Siddique Malik:

    You live in USA,therefore you are singing their song.

    The germans say:”Who’s bread I eat,her/his song I sing!”

    Of course USA Congress is an independent organ,but are aaaaaaaaaaaaall these members of the House of Representatives REALLY independent?

    They belong to pPolitical parties and when they debate on bills,they are BIASED by the political ideology of their parties.

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 2:36AM

    @Alami Musafir:

    HEY,they learned from Julius Ceaser…PARTIRE e CONQUIRE(in Latin)!
    THat is the was to rule the world!

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 2:43AM

    @G. Din:

    What you say about Turkey does not correspond to the facts.NOBODY ,in NO one media in the Western countries…and I watch GERMAN TV channels,CNN,BBC,ARTE(a French TV broadcaster) the issue of the Armenian holocaust is mentioned recently.

    WHY? Because Turkey belongs to NATO and the Americans,Germans,British,French do not want to UPSET their reliable NATO friend.

    The same is with China….from time to time the Western Media mentions TIBET,but does somebody in the West starts a war with China because of TIBET?

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  • Dr Jamil Chaudri
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:07AM

    @Siddique Malik
    @Kamran Shafi
    @G. Din
    Ambassador Rehman was appointed not on merit but under a patronage system. The fact that she wrote and took two weeks to write may be for any one of the following reasons:
    a. She is slow in reaction.
    b. She had to seek permission from the American Government, and it took Washington that long to reply.
    c. She believes in getting name recognition, even if it means a bad name.
    d. She though that she had to justify occupying the Grand Office, and this was the result of her deliberations.

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  • Dr Jamil Chaudri
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:16AM

    @Harry Stone:
    At one level there is no difference between Pakis and the Americans: they both kill innocent Pakis. On the other hand, Pakis cannot be accused of killing innocent Afghans or innocent Iraqis, unless some Pakis are being given American Uniforms and American Drones to carry out killing missions on behalf of America. I will not put that past Mr 10%.

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  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:45AM

    It is OK to criticize the Senator but nowhere Pakistan has said that it will improve the situation in Baluchistan. For Pakistan it is business as usual in Baluchistan. Remember lot of bills in congress is passed by pegging on some other bill. It means that next time Senator Rohrabacher’s vote is required to support some other Senator’s bill than he will agree to vote in favor of that bill as long as his resolution on Baluchistan is pegged on in the small print. Bottom line it is going to pass before you know it. This resolution can also take a different shape in the form of mentioned in the annual list of countries violating human rights issued by the State department. Pakistani’s commenting on Senator’s are commenting on the symptoms and not on the cause of these symptoms.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:14AM

    Just admit you’re not going through with the pipeline. The only other explanation is you really are oblivious and thick headed in regard to just what the situation is really going to be in the future and it explains a lot. Being self righteous hypocrites is a threat to ties as well. Nobody trusts or wants anything to do with them.

    …but really, nobody cares for the most part in the US when it comes to this problem. Complain all you want but realize the card you’re trying to play is imaginary.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:42AM

    Writing belated letters is rather pathetic – had the Ambassador been doing her job she would have been on the forefront of this issue and been meeting/lobbying members of Congress which is her primary job – instead she sits in her office waiting for Parliament to decide the fate of USA/Pakistan relations.

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  • Singh
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:43AM

    Mohammad Ali Siddiqui,
    “According to the forecast, in 2013, US is going to be declared as “Underdeveloped Country” which an ordinary American Citizen does not know about it.”
    Then where will you take your begging bowl?

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  • Nitin
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:11AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    things are changing very fast , it will happen one day, don’t worry about USA, concentrate on SINDH ANother Baloichistan then B’desh in Creation

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:49AM

    @Dr Jamil Chaudri:

    So if PAK was either in Iraq or Af they would not be killing innocent civilians either. You made my point. Then again for all I know maybe PAK is or was in both of those nations.

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  • Raj - USA
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:57AM

    @Alami Musafir:
    My strong feeling is that Pakistan itself is working overtime for its own dismemberment. The political class are mostly feudal lords or armed groups. They would rather be an Amir of a small Emirate rather than one of the many in a truly democratic and unified Pakistan. The Army has been doing it for so many years. I feel the reason for demand for more provinces, bifurcation of Punjab and Sind are all to achieve the same purpose. The three political parties want to split Punjab and Sind into three separate countries and the leaders want to become the Amir of their small countries. They would be happy to have full control and ownership of a small country than be a one of many leaders who collectively govern the country and have no ownership of the land. It is the same repeat of Bangladesh scenario.

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  • DJBaloch
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:02AM

    What this silly and idiot Sherry can do …. Nothing. Think tank knows what they have to do and how to execute the plans. Sherry you are far too good to be back and stay in President House and enjoy the company. You do not need to think a lot as it is planned and has to happen. You silly people InshaAllah can not do any thing about it. Baloch want this and any encouragement is Welcomed….

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:07AM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:
    They wouldn’t care less.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:14AM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:
    Since I revealed my place of residence, you were able to pick on it as a cover to hide your inability to counter my argument convincingly. But you lacked moral strength to reveal your own place of residence. So we don’t know what bread you are eating or if you are well-fed or too hungry to be reasonable.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Humble_Indian
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:06AM

    India demands that the human rights violations in Balochistan be stopped and a plebiscite be held. India extends all moral support to the people of Balochistan in their hour of need. Nothing short of complete freedom will assuage India.

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 9:07AM

    @MarkH
    and when was the last time US ever apologized to anyone on planet earth??
    they support dictatorships, monarchy, installing dummy governments, killing innocent vietnamese, koreans, afghans, iraqies, pakistanies, libyans,who else do you want them to kill??
    and when will be there any hearing on that??
    when will they apologize for that??
    and as it goes for Bin Ladin, as it goes for USA with all its might, and hieght and its technology, they couldnt stop planes being hijacked from within the US to do 9/11, how do you expect pakistan to know of Bin Ladin that easily??

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  • Humayun
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:22AM

    In international relations, there are no permanent friends and foes.

    As for Balochistan, Government of Pakistan continues to grossly mishandle and criminally neglect it. Am yet to see government reach out for common ordinary Balochistanis with some concrete steps and result oriented policy with substance

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  • Ahsan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:14AM

    @ Siddiqui Malik

    yeah i am happy as far as some thing wrong happend in US. US is responsible for all the wrong doing happening in the world Specially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sirya, Tunisia etc etc. Ask your mentor and your great leader to refrain from attacking Iran becouse that move will sure prove to be an end of America and they will be destroyed and crush like a Cockroach.Recommend

  • Harry Stone
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:34AM

    @Elie Khan:

    There are lessons to be learned

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  • Munna
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:50AM

    @Ahsan:

    did the islamic rulers care about their slaves? no they were converted.

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  • Pak Baloch
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:54AM

    The opportunist poor Inidan trolls are all over this. They jump at any opportunity to slander Pakistan. Please stop human right violations of Kashmiris under the guns of the massive Indian Army surrounding them. Balochistan is just another Indian target, but it will not succeed and the true face of India and its lobby against Pakistan as always is obvious.
    When will Indians learn to be harmless neighbours? Probably Never!

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 12:41PM

    USA i hate u more now

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  • antony
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:51PM

    @pakbaloch, “When will Indians learn to be harmless neighbours? Probably Never! ” the day Pakistan stop being harming neighbhour to India and that includes indian kashmir.

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  • Baluch
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Time for dialogue is wasted, we won’t negotiate with Pakistan anything less than independence of Balochistan. It isn’t the matter of US or Pakistan’s internal affair anymore, we urge the UN and European Union to intervene in Balochistan and help us to gain our lost identity back.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:01PM

    We Pakistanis are too friendly with every nation, invaders and who give even a little smile, whereas they always mean business. I recommend, we a as nation should come out of this emotional state and should also adopt attitude of business for business. In modern world diplomats are doing business for their nation with other countries either its war or peace.

    When do our diplomats will learn and do business with other countries to develop their nation and break begging pots?

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  • Ahsan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:26PM

    @Munna:

    Please elaborate what you want to say

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  • Ahsan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:30PM

    @antony:

    When will Indian focussing on theor own problem rather then poking on others.

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  • G. Din
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:35PM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:
    “the Americans,Germans,British,French do not want to UPSET their reliable NATO friend.”
    Please keep current with current affairs! Turkey threatened the French recently when its parliament had taken up the question of Armenian genocide. It did not succeed in deflecting the French parliament, though.
    You should know that even if Turkey is a “reliable” member of NATO, it has not been able to enter European Union now for ages and will perhaps never be admitted.
    President Obama met His Holiness Dalai Lama even though China had as usual blustered against that meeting.
    The point I was trying to make is that it is far better to get along with others than to bully, bluster and brag! If you do, you lose respect and then no one gives a damn if you get UPSET!

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  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:23PM

    @Raj -USA

    I strongly believe that the unwritten Pakistani national ethos is ‘Unity in Diversity’. Our diversity per unit area is greater than India. In addition to our quite diverse groups of native populations we have Muslims from all over the subcontinent as our nationals, with different ethnicities and cultures. Then we have very large populations of Afghan Pashtuns, Tajiks and Hazaras who came over during the last few decades. We have Iranians who fled their Islamic revolution… you get the picture.

    We also have institutionalised incompetence in our government, which is slow to react to threats be they economic, socio-political, military or otherwise. To an extent this is due to our own failings, but foreign, mainly American interference also plays a large part.

    To an outsider it would seem that Pakistan is ready to fission into fragments. But within ourselves we know that the demands of the Baloch etc are just, they simply want a larger slice of the national pie, which is their right. And the means for payment -natural and intellectual resources- are there. Its only the leadership which needs a kick up the jacksie to get going and start the ball rolling.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Brother: your hatred of America, making you believe that the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Tunisia have appointed you their spokesperson. Majority of the people in all those Muslim countries that have been successful in getting rid of their tyrants are happy and thankful to America for whatever help it provided them. Recently, when a cyclone hit America’s eastern seaboard, people of Libya approached the few American journalists and workers there to find a way to help Americans affected by the cyclone. President Obama is a hero in Libya. Of course, this is not reflected in the literature that your masters feed you. Tell these Mullahs that their great hero Bashar Asad is about to take the same trip that your and their other hero Qaddafi recently took, and then you all can mourn one more butcher of humanity. You guys love dictators, because mullahs are inherent dictators and tyrants. By the way in response to your joy over the possibility America turning into an underdeveloped country — which of course is the wishful thinking on the part of you and your mullah masters — I quote Singh, a commentator above: “Then where will you take your begging bowl?” As far as Iran is concerned, there is no way that a gang of fanatics will or should be allowed to possess nuclear weapons. Rest assured, Iranian mullahs will never — I repeat, never — have a nuclear weapon.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USARecommend

  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:

    Rosie Liebste, Wie geht es in LA ?
    Look at Caesar’s Italy now. Broke and desperate. The same is true of California and
    this will soon spread right across the US. Where do we go from there ?

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:20PM

    @Alami Musafir:
    Allow me to quote you:
    “I strongly believe that the unwritten Pakistani national ethos is ‘Unity in Diversity’. Our diversity per unit area is greater than India.”
    India has had non-Hindu presidents and a prime minister. Until not long ago, president of the world’s largest democracy and a Hindu-majority nation was a Muslim, the prime minister was and still is a Sikh and the leader of the ruling party was and still is a foreign-born Christian woman. Only the president has been replaced by a Hindu woman, and that happened not because anybody was worried about a Muslim being president, but because his constitutional term expired and a new president had to be appointed under the constitutionally mandated process: a concept you probably would not understand. Under an article of the Pakistani constitution, non-Muslim Pakistanis are forbidden to seek nation’s top jobs. And you claim that Pakistan has more diversity than India?
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @Ahsan:
    Then why are you worried about the problems of the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, etc.?

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:27PM

    My comment above, toward the end of which I mention Iran’s nuclear agenda, was in response to an earlier comment by commentator Ahsan.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Moeen Shirazi
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:22PM

    The derogatory comments on Ambassador Sherry Rahman’s warranted response to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution on Balochistan is enigmatic to say the least. When a nation is being dismembered, is it not the duty of the representative of that nation (in the country promoting the dismemberment) to respond?

    Let not naiveté dispel our alignment with reality. Let there be no doubt that the agenda being played out by the U.S., at the behest of their Zionist rulers, is fully recognized by the Pakistani establishment.

    Perhaps, the rulers of America should pay more heed to Martin Luther King’s asseveration: “The truth, even when crushed to the ground, shall rise, for the lie cannot live forever”.

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  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @ Siddique Malik

    Mr Malik, you prove my point. I am presuming that you are a former Pakistani. My statements on Pakistani diversity has much more to do about our thinking than our racial characteristics. In other words given a group of 10 Pakistanis you are likely to have a wider range of opinions on any particular matter relative to an equal number of Indians. Just as your opinions are diametrically opposed to most other Pakistanis posting above.

    Thats all to the good, variety being the spice of life. But I still think that you ought to travel more widely than the, no doubt wonderful environs of Louisville Kentucky, to try and ascertain why so many of us don’t share the affectionate and rosy views of Americans which you obviously have. Allow me to use an Amercanism and wish you a nice day.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Alami Musafir:
    What a terrible way to admit that your point that Pakistan has more diversity than India does is utterly baseless. You totally ignored the facts that I presented to prove that persecution of minorities is built into the Pakistani system, and you pick on the fact that you and I disagree? I am not talking about people agreeing or disagreeing. Until you cleanse your constitution of anti-minority bigotry, Pakistani cannot even use the phrase respect for diversity. Are you saying that the people of India never disagree with each other? They do a lot to the point that their central government is almost always a coalition of various parties.
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  • Raj - USA
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:53PM

    @Alami Musafir:

    Appreciate your views on diversity. If only Pakistan can go that way it would make a big change. What is actually happening is spread of intolerance in geometric proportions which only promotes elimination of Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmadis, etc. You can no longer say that intolerance is confined to uneducated or some sections of the society. Even elite class as Lawyers and Judges display extreme intolerance. The Aam Aadmi cannot have his favorite Aam Ka Ras (Common Man cannot enjoy his favorite mango juice). It was the elite and educated lawyers who banned favorite Shezan Mango Juice in the Courthouse for the sole reason that the manufacturer is an Ahmadi. Very soon you may hear reports that people were killed because they were seen carrying Shezan Mango Juice.

    The argument that such attitude is restricted to hate preaching religious organizations also do not hold much weight any longer as DPC is attended by large crowd. Yes, they cannot form a government in the near future as till now ruling class is restricted to only the Feudal class or Dynasty.

    If you can convert even one Pakistani a day to accept your views of diversity and he/she in turn does the same, it would make a difference very soon.

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  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:00AM

    @Siddique Malik
    @Raj USA

    The question of Shia persecution which you raise is not entirely a Pakistani affair. It is a consequence of a Saudi Iranian proxy war in Pakistan. Details can be found here:

    http://www.viewpointonline.net/Old/fullstory.php?t=Iranian-%20Saudi%20war%20spills%20over%20to%20Pakistan&f=full-5-july-16.php&y=2010&m=july

    But do not fear my Indian friends. This is Kali Yuga. It is Divide and Rule. The fire started on the shores of the Mediterranean (Israel) and has burn steadily eastwards. You are next in line. Brace yourselves.

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  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:09AM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:

    Soory,I should write last night:”That is the way to rule the world!”

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  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:17AM

    @Cautious:

    NO! What happens in USA Congress deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeply influences us,Europeans or South-Asians too!

    If US Congress man presents a bill to the Floor(House of Representatives),that BAVARIA should become an independent and free State,the German Government will be up-set too.

    If US Congress decides to propose a resolution to UN with the intent to declare Balochistan a sovereign state…this is a VERY important issue to the Pakistani.

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  • Mar 13, 2012 - 1:32AM

    @Harry Stone:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You know very well the Asian history!

    Gingiz KHAN was in Iraq and Afghanistan and he is the forefather of the contemporary Pakistani.

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  • Zulaikha
    Mar 13, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Bibi..your fancy letters are not going to save Pakistan. Instead of writing to sovereign US Parliament try to understand the gravity of Baloch pain and together with establishment stop your slaughter of innocent Baloch youth.

    Countries are made by social contract and kept by mutual respect and trust. But government of Pakistan is trying to suppress and kill the dissident voices rather than addressing their grievances.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:00AM

    @Alami Musafir:
    You, my dear, are either allowed to read only certain material approved by your intellectual masters or you are intellectually dishonest. Shias are Muslims and the majority of Pakistanis is Muslim, so Shias are not a minority in Pakistan. But even they are persecuted, because fanatics want them to be persecuted. Then there are non-Muslim minorities, like Christians, Hindus, etc, against Pakistan’s constitution discriminates. The constitution is not the result of any proxy war; it’s the result of the bigotry that fanatics have forced down Pakistan’s throat, and people like you have gone along with it. By the way, if persecution of Shias is a proxy war, what is Pakistan doing about it? Saying yes sir to the masters in Riyadh? As I said, there is so much persecution of minorities in Pakistan that it does not have the right to use the phrase: “respect for diversity.” Stop living under illusions.

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  • Humza
    Mar 13, 2012 - 7:58AM

    @Zeta: Shouldn’t that question also be answered by the establishment? Do they really respect the “sanctity” of other nations? Why then does Pakistan expect it from others?

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  • Concerned Baloch
    Mar 13, 2012 - 9:14AM

    Balochistan is infested with foreign conspirators with all the intent to destabalize Pakistan. These are foreign funded terrorist causing terror and killings. Pakistan should have had better security arrangements in all its border cities. Having democracy does not mean that one should loosen up its security protection and reject military protection especially in vunerable places on the borders. A mop up operation by Pakistan’s military is needed in Balochistan to get rid of foreign supported terrorist targetting Balochistan.

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  • Alami Musafir
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:33PM

    @Siddique Malik

    Mr Malik you are now raving. Who appointed you to lecture to the rest of us what Muslims
    should do and should not ? Look at what your beloved America and its Zionist controllers
    are doing to your fellow Muslims…is that not far worse than mere bigotry ? Please remember that the rest of us, who obviously are not as intellectually honest as yourself are still members of the human race and have as much right to lead our lives in the way we do as yourself.

    Your posts here are offensive and hectoring and I am surprised that the moderation
    team have allowed them through.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 14, 2012 - 3:19AM

    Look after your Hen properly, so that she does not wander over to the neighbour to lay the egg?

    Pakistan military is unlikely to win the loyalty of its citizens;a dialogue and concern is the political toute to loyalty. Pakistan current political leadership cannot heal the wounds caused by the former military chief: Change is the modern slogan all over the world; those who resist change are not going to be the leaders of tomorrow. It is just a matter of time! Change is coming!

    Rex Minor

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 14, 2012 - 6:04AM

    I suppose you are afraid of incoherent commentators, too.

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  • Shyam
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Pakistan is a funny country, rather than let the issue die a quiet death, Rehman has again stirred the pot. Either its lack of common sense or simple stupidity. But then Pakistan does not function in a very rational way

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  • Moeen Shirazi
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:29AM

    The opprobrious comments on Ambassador Sherry Rahman’s warranted response to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution on Balochistan is enigmatic to say the least. When a nation is being dismembered, is it not the duty of the representative of that nation (in the country promoting the dismemberment) to respond?

    Let not naiveté dispel our alignment with reality. Let there be no doubt that the agenda being played out by the U.S., at the behest of their Zionist rulers, is fully recognized by the Pakistani establishment.

    Perhaps, the rulers of America should pay more heed to Martin Luther King’s asseveration: “The truth, even when crushed to the ground, shall rise, for the lie cannot live forever”.

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  • Mar 24, 2012 - 9:36PM

    @Siddique Malik:

    My dearest Mr.Malik,

    As you can read here,my name is Rosie Deus-von Homeyer and if you click my name,you will be connected to Facebook and be able to read EVERYTHING about me.

    I work as an attorney at law…studied law in Berkeley,California and in Berlin,Germany.

    You can read about me on Google.com.

    You insisted the US Congress is an independent “body”…a lawyer will say: a State organ.

    I argued,that the members of the Congress belong to political parties and can not be independent.

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  • G. Din
    Mar 25, 2012 - 1:44AM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:
    “I argued,that the members of the Congress belong to political parties and can not be independent.”
    Could you please expand on this a little bit, being an attorney-at-law?
    Political parties are an essential requirement of any democracy. Having no (or one) political party was ( and is) a requirement of communist countries. Are you suggesting that Communism is somehow superior to Democracy? As you must know it did not work anywhere including in your eastern part. Wasn’t that the reason that it threw in the towel and West Germany had to pick up the pieces. The only places where it still exists (in name only) is China and Viet Nam.
    US Congress represents the people of US far better than even the US Government.
    What is a “state organ”? Some kind of a supra-body divorced from the people?
    Did you at any time live in East Germany?

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @G. Din:

    What do you mean by saying”recently”? Five…six…seven years ago?

    AS I said,I watch every evening the German State TV,ARTE(a French broadcaster),CNN International edition and BBC.

    I have NOT heard in the last months,that Turkey threatened any of the Western
    Governments.

    As for Turkey not have been accepted in the European Union,we,GERMANS,do not opose it.

    Unfortunately Turkey has a very small territorium in EUROPE…the rest of it is in ASIA.

    But hey,the Turkisch people are already in Germany…just in Berlin there are +350,000 Turkish citizens. There are Turkish banks;Turkish schools,where they laern in their mother language:Turkish, shops…a.s.o

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @G. Din:

    Hey,NATO and European Union are two different organisations.

    NATO is a North Atlantic Threaty Organisation and EVERYBODY can become a member…even if he/she lives 10 000 miles away from Atlantic.

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Alami Musafir:

    I do not live in Los Angeles since 2004.

    As for Italy I do not know WHO told you,that it is BROKE and DESPARATE?

    Probably your propaganda mashine!

    I was last year in Rome and I did nor see any broke and desparate people on the streets of Rome.

    Italy has a generous Social System and Health Care is provided to everybody as here,in Germany,therefore there are not homeless people as in USA.

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 9:38PM

    @Siddique Malik:

    Hey,we,here,in Europe JUST wait,that you,smart Americans start a war with Iran.

    Then you will be completelly bankrupt…now you are on the verge of bankruptcy…

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 9:57PM

    @G. Din:

    I am not going to teach you Constitutional law. Study it by yourself!

    The Congress(House of Representatives) is the LEGISLATURE. The fhree columns(organs…may be I am using the German word) of any democracy are Judicative(all courts,district and federal attorneys,prosecutors);the Legislature(Congress+SEnat,which are presented with bills,debate on them and decide to diismiss or pass them) and the Executive,which is the Government + Law Enforcement(speak FBI and all police departments).

    I NEVER EVER lived in Eastern Germany…always in West Berlin,USA, Australia,London and most of my life in Berlin+Frankfurt,Germany.

    A member of the Hause of Reprentatives belngs to a political party and usually follows the guidelines of this party.

    You see,Obama,was unable to fulfill many of his projects,because of the majority of Republicans in the Congress.

    So…this time you,Americans should elect a Republican President,who will find resonance in the Congress.

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  • Rosie Deus-von Homeyer
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:27PM

    @Baluch:

    Oooooooooooooh…sudenly you write PERFECT English…excellent knowledge of the English Grammar,is’nt it!

    Are you really a Baloch from Quetta or an American from Kansas?
    Balochistan might PROCLAIM itself for independent country,but is it going to be REALLY independant or a 51 State of USA…then your boss will be sitting not in Islamabad,but in Waschingthon DC.

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  • Apr 1, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Siddique Malik:

    What hatered of AMERICA,the MIGHTY?

    The Berliner are saying:”Was sich liebt,das neckt sich!”

    In English:”Who loves each other,they are teasing each other

    Just because we are criticizing AMERICA,does not mean we do not love it,does it?!

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  • Moeen Shirazi
    Apr 20, 2012 - 6:52AM

    The opprobrious comments on Ambassador Sherry Rahman’s warranted response to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution on Balochistan is enigmatic to say the least. When a nation is being dismembered, is it not the duty of the representative of that nation (in the country promoting the dismemberment) to respond?

    Let not naiveté dispel our alignment with reality. Let there be no doubt that the agenda being played out by the U.S., at the behest of their Zionist rulers, is fully recognized by the Pakistani establishment.

    Perhaps, the rulers of America should pay more heed to Martin Luther King’s asseveration: “The truth, even when crushed to the ground, shall rise, for the lie cannot live forever”.

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