Pen friends: Rohrabacher writes letter to Gilani, calls Pakistan a 'failed state'

Published: May 3, 2012

Rohrabacher writes that Pakistan is a failed state. PHOTO: AGENCIES/FILE

WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has written a letter to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, condemning the recent violence in Balochistan and has dubbed Pakistan a “failed state.”

According to a copy of the letter received from the Congressman’s Washington DC press office, Representative Rohrabacher cites media reports that policemen killed four people in “unprovoked and
indiscriminate” firing during a raid on a house in Balochistan. Rep. Rohrabacher called it “yet another example in a seeming never ending line of state sponsored violence targeting the Balochi people.”

Congressman Rohrabacher, who is also the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, in his letter, adds, “it has become increasingly clear to members of the US Congress that Pakistan is a failed state and no amount of US aid money will ever change that.”

Rep. Rohrabacher warned that US aid assistance for Pakistan will dry up once US forces leave Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s leverage over the US will diminish as a result. “It is clear that the Pakistani military and intelligence services have for years diverted money intended to help the people of Balochistan, and the other provinces of Pakistan, into funding terrorism and buying weapons to repress their own people.”

In his letter, Rep. Rohrabacher says that until Pakistan’s government and military deny ethnic groups in the country their right to self-determination, the country’s future will “remain bleak and marred by political violence”. He added that he has long held India to the same standard as well.

The Congressman’s letter to PM Gilani says, “the Baloch people have a right to choose their own political structure and America will no long (sic) play a willing role in helping your government to oppress them.”

Prior to this letter, Rep. Rohrabacher had introduced a house concurrent resolution, asking for the Baloch people to be given the right to self-determination. He has also introduced bills asking for Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped CIA confirm Osama’s presence at the Abbottabad complex, to be given US citizenship and be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Rep. Rohrabacher also chaired a Congressional hearing on the human rights situation in Balochistan in
February this year, where-in he called for the Baloch to be given their right to self determination.

Reader Comments (104)

  • DroneAcharya
    May 3, 2012 - 3:22AM

    Dana Rohrabacher is a true friend of the Baloch and will simply not back down from his stance of helping Balochis achieve their god-given rights and freedom from Paki oppression. Carving a Balochi homeland will be expedited with no holds barred and we will see a “Dana Rohrabacher’s war” 20 years from now. I say, the first Hilal-e-Balochistan should be awarded to him.

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  • Aadi Virgo
    May 3, 2012 - 3:29AM

    Mind your own business Mr. Rohrabacher.
    Stop degrading your so called ally Pakistan. There are
    many cases in your country and arround the world, for example, Texas, Africa etc. You better focus on them. We love our Bloachi citizens.

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  • Patriotic
    May 3, 2012 - 3:34AM

    He is somewhat right actually, once the mind clears away the patriotic anti-Rohrabacher storm. Our army and government has done too much wrong, and yet we still turn a blind eye to their wrongdoings!

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  • Roflcopter
    May 3, 2012 - 3:34AM

    I can’t stop laughing….oh man my stomach hurts

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  • usman
    May 3, 2012 - 3:37AM

    Pakistani foreign office should reply to his letter and detail every incident of butchery committed by US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and release the letter to the media.

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  • Californian
    May 3, 2012 - 3:39AM

    There is little I could find to like in Rep. Rohrbacher, until he stood up for the rights of the Baloch people. I salute him for his courageous stand.

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  • Azim
    May 3, 2012 - 3:44AM

    We the people of Pakistan have also written many letters to our PM as well as the President, so good try Mr. Senator! Guess we have elected mentally / naturally handicapped leaders! (btw we blame our self for this selection not to US for a change)

    And nice you acknowledged US position in post Afghan withdraw scenario, and did we ever had any ‘Leverage’ over US? if so people of Pakistan cant see the benefits of such a leverage, so don’t be surprised if they smile and move on without taking you seriously!

    And we can see how successful you have been in Kashmir when comes to granting ‘right of self determination’ – we all know your focus is to stop china via stalling Gwader, also you must mention in your next letter that you have support of some of very Islamic and democratically elected leaders from Saudi Arabia/ UAE/ and even Iran on this Baluchistan issue….after all this one is about oil.

    With due respect Mr. Senator we still say Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Ajaz Haque
    May 3, 2012 - 3:47AM

    This guy is a total idiot. The foreign office should return the letter and advise him to keep his mouth shut and stop plotting against Pakistan.

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  • Khurram
    May 3, 2012 - 3:48AM

    Very sad and unfortunate as it is but we are at the brink of being a failed state and cannot blame anybody but ourselves for this state of affairs.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    May 3, 2012 - 3:48AM

    Thanks for calling a spade a spade. Atleast someone is using a plain english and not hiding behind the diplomatic nicities.

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  • President Shah
    May 3, 2012 - 3:57AM

    I hope the PK military leadership is understanding what he is saying.

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  • Munir Ahmad Saeed
    May 3, 2012 - 3:58AM

    Congressman Dana, there is nothing new in your warning about US aid drying up once it leaves Afghanistan, US has done it previously and will do it again. This time we knew it from day one but your country assured repeatedly that it will not happen again and US is here for a long haul. That’s why Pakistan is not helping the US to leave Afghanistan by calling ‘Mission Accomplished’ and the cowboys are going home. Not this time, you came at your will, you will leave when the hosts and neighbours want.
    enjoy your stay with us

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 4:00AM

    He wasn’t in my top favorite peoples list. But, this is priceless. It’s about time someone bluntly said it in a way that Pakistan won’t be able to keep itself from acknowledging. Him being the one saying it is even a bonus. Pakistan doesn’t have it in them to ignore that guy even if he isn’t considered all that relevant to the US itself.

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  • Pakistan Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 4:05AM

    Seems like he is the Sheikh Rasheed or Zaid Hamid among yankees :D

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  • Syed Ali
    May 3, 2012 - 4:06AM

    @ Congressman! We do have alot of problems that we need to fix in Pakistan including the problem of Baluchistan. However, we are not a failed state nor are we destined to. Our people are one of the brightest and high IQ individuals of the world and we are one of the most charity giving nation on the map. We survived 1857, 1947, 65, 71 and three miltary dictators who by the support of your country have put us in to dark spot. Sir! Our courts are vibrant and since 2007 have taken alot of anti government decisions which perhaps is hardly possible in US. If I am wrong, please show me one single time since Sept 11, that US courts have disagreed with US military or establishment. even on issues of privacy, human rights, personal freedoms and torture, US courts have silently sided with government. Going by Churcil’s wisdom, as long as we have our courts working to some extent, we are hopeful to pervail. I suggest you to fix your own ” failing homeland” first which has 10% rate of unemployment, one of the highest rate of rape in the world, dropping value of currency, high rate of failing schools kids and is fast going on a track to loose its status of superpower.

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  • i want to know
    May 3, 2012 - 4:07AM

    Pakistan is a failed state because it doesn’t attack other countries
    Pakistan is a failed state because it doesn’t terrorize others(for oil offcourse ; )
    Pakistan is a failed state because it takes every others nations sovereignty as its own

    true mr Rohrabacher Pakistan is a failed state and i love it coz its better than so called “Worldpowers”.

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  • Kojak
    May 3, 2012 - 4:29AM

    In a country where civil war is televised, 10-12 hours of no electricity, less than 2% of the budget investment in education and a growing Islamic radicalization controlled by beards in arms! the statement makes perfect sense!

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  • Harry Stone
    May 3, 2012 - 4:38AM

    A preview of coming events………ladies and gentlemen.

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  • Banja
    May 3, 2012 - 4:44AM

    there is something seriously wrong with this man. bdw thanks for rising your concerns, Pak will look at those matters, but Army wont stop hunting down TTP and BLA terrorists. sorry

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  • Deepwater
    May 3, 2012 - 4:54AM

    Congressman shouold not have called Pakistan “a failed state”. He should have called it “the opposite of a successful state” in order not to hurt feelings of its people.

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  • Mujtaba Khalid
    May 3, 2012 - 4:56AM

    What an irresponsibly idiotic thing to do! So much ignorance….

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  • Arjun
    May 3, 2012 - 5:16AM

    Not only America, the whole world is upset and fedup with Pakistan. Dear Pakistan please give whole world a break. How can any one support a brutal, in-human regimes like Taliban, who do not even allow girls to go school. In what world we are living in. For god sake, please clear Taliban off Pakistan and let Afghanistan breath freedom. Pakistan Army has the potential to do it. I will ask the almighty Allah to give them wisdom.

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  • US
    May 3, 2012 - 5:20AM

    Thank you Rep. Rohrabacher for taking a this huge step. The pakistani people can’t thank you enough. We don’t need your aid period. I am a Balochi and a proud Pakistani. There are foreign elements which are trying to destabilize the province and we are fighting them with the help of our army. Please leave issues related to Pakistan to Pakistanis.

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  • Ravish
    May 3, 2012 - 5:20AM

    “Rep. Rohrabacher warned that US aid assistance for Pakistan will dry up once US forces leave Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s leverage over the US will diminish as a result. “

    No surprises there.

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    May 3, 2012 - 5:28AM

    He is right but he may have an agenda and may be working on the behest of Pakistani enemies. Even then why we give opportunity to Pakistan’s enemies by continuously acting against our Balochi people.

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  • May 3, 2012 - 5:39AM

    i agree with Rohrabacher , bitter truth :)

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  • Cautious
    May 3, 2012 - 5:47AM

    “it has become increasingly clear to
    members of the US Congress that
    Pakistan is a failed state and no
    amount of US aid money will ever
    change that.”

    You may debate the nuance of the term “failed state” but however you define Pakistan it’s clear that American money isn’t going to change Pakistan’s perception of America nor change the policies which have given Pakistan it’s terrible reputation. Overall the Congressman’s statement reflects a growing attitude in the American congress which something that will have consequences for Pakistan long after 2014.

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  • DB
    May 3, 2012 - 5:49AM

    We should present Tamgha-i-Basalat to wikileaks hero Bradley Manning for his brave work in exposing the lies of the West.

    And Rohrabacher should be more concerned about the deadly no-knock police raids that kill innocent people in the US. Rohrabacher should also pass a law to remove US President Andrew Jackson’s face from the 20 dollar bill in respect to the Native Americans Andrew Jackson massacred during the Trail of Tears.

    Do your job for your country Rohrabacher and stop interfering in others.

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  • SM
    May 3, 2012 - 5:50AM

    Who cares what the US leaders think?

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  • Adeel759
    May 3, 2012 - 5:52AM

    I wish I could disagree with any of his words.Recommend

  • Hakeem
    May 3, 2012 - 6:29AM

    Finally the cat is coming out of bag, after covert struggle now true intentions and plans being propagated through media now

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  • Ali
    May 3, 2012 - 6:35AM

    This guy looks like his body is dried up. Give him some water please.

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  • Adeel Syed
    May 3, 2012 - 6:37AM

    @Arjun:
    And The US presidents in the 90s never invited Taliban to the White House and endorsed their rule right?

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  • mr. righty rightist
    May 3, 2012 - 6:48AM

    Actually, can we measure the failure of a state?

    If not then, how can he say that Pakistan is a failed state?

    Agree, there are tens to hundreds of people dying everyday only due ethnic/religious violence, a bomb goes off in some city in Pakistan everyday, there’s a power cut of 8-16 hours everyday, prices are skyrocketing, jobs are dwindling, economy is collapsing, separatism is catching heat, literacy is dwindling, food is not available in stores.

    So what?

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  • I dont give a Damn and Gazans or Kashmiri oppression
    May 3, 2012 - 6:52AM

    He really speaks from the bottom of his heart and feel their pain.
    He even apologized for Bush administration’s lies and phony WOT. He is that truthful!
    Next, he is going to condemn HR violations against Palestinian people and the Kashmiri people becaus truth know no bounds and is un-fetterred by concerns of foreign policies and friendships.

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  • Red indian
    May 3, 2012 - 6:56AM

    Mr. Congressman, how about you gave me my land back……all of it?

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 7:20AM

    @Roflcopter:
    It’s probably the paint chips.

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  • Pollack
    May 3, 2012 - 7:32AM

    @Adeel Syed: The Taliban did not exist then. The afghan mujahideen are not the Taliban. Are you saying That Ahmad shah masood is a Taliban? Strange way of twisting history.

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  • Saim Baig
    May 3, 2012 - 7:59AM

    Mr Congressman, You better mind your own business. Baluchistan was peaceful before Americas arrival in the region.

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  • May 3, 2012 - 8:00AM

    People who criticize this man, do tell what wrong has he spoken? He only says Balochi sentiments should be respected and their voice should be heard. Isn’t that what Pakistan has been saying all along with respect to Kashmir?

    So, the principle applicable to Kashmir is not applicable to Balochistan? Isn’t that hypocritical?

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  • Saim Baig
    May 3, 2012 - 8:05AM

    It would have been very nice if thought similarly for Kashmir & Palestine. This is all planned & he is just reading the script given to him. Mr Congressman, why are you relying on this failed state for a Supply rout for NATO troops? & that too via Baluchistan? Such a shame for a Successful state like America.

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  • H.A. Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 8:20AM

    Without getting emotional; 70% of people of Pakistan whisper this to each other on near regular basis.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 3, 2012 - 8:57AM

    @Adeel Syed: “And The US presidents in the 90s never invited Taliban to the White House and endorsed their rule right?”

    Right. Only 3 countries had recognized Taliban government: Saudi Arabia, UAE and PAkistan. No other country recognized the Taliban government in the 1990s.

    You are probably referring to the mujahids in 1980s and let me tell you that there were many Tajiks and Mujahids and Northern Alliance people who were mujahidins not just Afghan Taliban. There was a civil war in Afghanistan between Pushtoons and non-Oushtoons for 5 years. Pakistan supported the Afghan Taliban who were Pushtoons as a resukt Taliban came to power in 1996. USA had nothing to do with this.

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  • Obaid Ullah Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 9:04AM

    Why Rohrabacher is addressing only Balochistan? Does he not see the situation in Sind and Karachi and other situations where Pakistani state is unable to establish its writ? Why he is overlooking the situation of Ahmadies and minorities in Pakistan and the issue of religious extremism? Focusing on just a single issue that is debatable while there is, indeed, some insurgency is also playing its role, the intentions of Rohrabacher is not difficult to understand. Justice requires that one should address all issues with the same yardstick and not otherwise. Keep focusing on a single issue shows that there are clearly vested interests that are driving his campaign. Pakistan ought to be corrected in many fields but must beware from this campaign of Rohrabacher. It is a ploy to pressurize Pakistan and destabilize it by a congressman and not by US state officially.

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  • malik
    May 3, 2012 - 9:51AM

    You may not like with what he says and you may not agree with his views; but, one thing you can ignore at your own peril.

    When he says, Pak will have little leverage over US after they leave Afghanistan is 100 per cent correct. And, his threat that they will cut off aid to Pak will also surely take place.

    We have a choice; to take his words seriously. Or to live in denial. As usual.

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  • Arya
    May 3, 2012 - 9:58AM

    As it is Gilani is embroiled in a huge controversy over his not writing letter to the Swizz authorities, he gets this controversial letter. Pakistan somehow seems to make news in every state capital across the globe every other day. and such a famous country could not be a failed state. Hundred other dormant countries would love to be as popular as Pakistan is globally, and it is really a great honor!

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  • May 3, 2012 - 10:03AM

    @US: I am so impressed at your answer.
    Well said. It is these very people who have created rifts in our nation. May we find the strength n stability to deal with them wisely. Amen.

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  • Ahmed
    May 3, 2012 - 10:12AM

    I think the gold and other natural reserves are luring Mr. Rohrabacher too much. Thanks to our foolish baloch and central government leadership for providing them the opportunity to speak with evidence (true and/or false). …. .

    Message for Baloch PPL: Unity is strength

    Message for Leadership (Baloch / National): Dont sell everything.

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  • JD
    May 3, 2012 - 10:17AM

    Poor Rohrabacher. What he doesn’t understand is that no one can be ‘pen friends’ with Gilani… For instance, the SC forced Gilani to be ‘pen friend’ with authorities at the Swiss Bank… we all know the result ;)

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  • Ahsan
    May 3, 2012 - 10:19AM

    @Cautious:

    Yeah you are right, American money can never change the Pakistan’s perception of America. The common perception is (which is true with every aspect) that the Whole American nation is coward and criminal. They are the biggest ever terrorist of this planet and they should be destroyed and crush like a coakroach. Mind my word, one day Iran will crush them they will beg for the life in fron of the whole world. May God destroy the US nation and through them on the footstep of Somalia.

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  • kmax
    May 3, 2012 - 10:40AM

    Pakistan should redirect him to a psychiatric Clinic and advise him to seek treatment ASAP while there is time.

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  • its the MONEY stupid
    May 3, 2012 - 10:43AM

    lol easy guys,first of all chill and secondly,please do some research yourself too.This guy is not to be taken seriously,what has to be taken seriously is the the aim to do away the genuine negligence shown towards the Baloch for many decades.As for the Congrressman Rohrabacher,the poor chap has been confused most of his time,so having less than 5 % support for his bill makes sense.He called for a right to self determination for Kashmir too bringing ire of the Indians.Interestingly,he has also been been a vocal taliban supporter and sympathizer.Now what makes him speak for the Baloch people aint nobility,its money,just check where this Congressman hail from and then check the signifcant numbers of baloch diaspora in that state so its simple,They fund,he speaks since MONEY SPEAKS!

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  • A J Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Some MPA should write a letter to Obama and ask him to spend proper funds in Alaska and control drugs production in Afghanistan other wise we will declare you a failed State. .

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  • A J Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 10:57AM

    This man wants to contest election from Balochistan on BLA ticket.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    May 3, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @Ahsan:

    Mind my word, one day Iran will crush
    them they will beg for the life in
    fron of the whole world

    Forget perceptions Sir. This is a morbid fantasy.
    USA might have many short comings, but, it’s better than any other country when it comes to justice, fairness, open mindedness and protection of it’s minorities. And above of all, a Pakistani has no moral right to point fingers at USA.

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  • AMK
    May 3, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Rograbacher u better look America,,whether Pakistan is failed state or not its none of your business

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  • Mumbai dude
    May 3, 2012 - 11:23AM

    @Syed Ali: Pakistanis only have “AQ” …..no “IQ”

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  • Mumbai dude
    May 3, 2012 - 11:25AM

    @Adeel Syed: USA created Taliban for less than half a decade of war with Russia….and Pakistan only enthusiastically used them as “strategic assets” since then.

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  • chacha
    May 3, 2012 - 11:35AM

    I am an Indian, with views on kashmir and terrorism that would be anti-thetical to Paksiatn – but this congressman is too much ! It just shows that Pax Americana is over, and the US is not able to adjust to itRecommend

  • Maher Chebbo
    May 3, 2012 - 12:00PM

    America, Israel and India are hatching concipracies. They have been doing so to divert Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir to Balochistan. In fact, They are the failed states, look at their economies, their defeat in Afghanistan. Pakistan should kick out all the Americans from its soil. We break our ‘aid bowl’, we don’t need the american aid. Go America go!

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  • Hit-Man
    May 3, 2012 - 12:26PM

    The Congress man is spot on regarding his views on Balochistan and Pakistan but he has sadly missed out the plight of Shias and minorities which also needs to be addressed by the Americans urgently.

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  • Mustafa
    May 3, 2012 - 12:54PM

    so Iran is their buddy at this point of time ?

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  • Hasan
    May 3, 2012 - 1:23PM

    The wars “world powers” have engaged in have nothing to do with the conception of a failed state. Alleging that the USA has done so and so and therefore this statement does not reflect reality is a troubling one. For one cannot dismiss a statement and base his refutation on an ad-hominem.

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 3, 2012 - 1:28PM

    Now how about writing a letter to India about Kashmir? That is a 60+ year old conflict

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  • Shahbaz Younis
    May 3, 2012 - 1:38PM

    @Mr Rohrabacher
    What about human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan ? So better you keep your mouth shut and mind your own business

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  • Ashraf P
    May 3, 2012 - 2:39PM

    @Roflcopter: A lot of Pakistanis were also laughing just before 1971. But I don’t think it is a laughing matter.

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  • Parvez
    May 3, 2012 - 3:08PM

    Someone commented that Dana Rohrabacher is the Sheikh Rashid of U.S politicians and he is so, so right.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    May 3, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Rohrabacher accused Pakistan’s military and intelligence officials of using the U.S. aid granted to the Baloch people to fund terrorists and buy weapons. At least Rohrabacher has to give them credit that they haven’t embezzled the funds and enrich themselves.

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  • MAK
    May 3, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Man, Pakistan in this world is like Kane in WWE. Kool!!

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    May 3, 2012 - 3:44PM

    US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher should talk about freedom in Indian held Kashmir. Balochs are our brothers. Few Baloch leaders did not make enough progress in their province despite they had been taking money from federal government but did not spend it for the welfare of the people. Now federal government should spend money directly in Balochistan province. Dana Rohrabacher should not remind us that US aid assistance for Pakistan will dry up once US forces leave Afghanistan, US had did this before during war with soviet union in Afghanistan. We know well US policy is to just use and throw. Pakistan can only be a successful state if Pakistan stop war in tribal areas and tribel people are our brothers. US aplogized Indian Film actress Shah Rukh Kan but reluctant to apologize Pakistan after killing of our 24 soldiers. US policy makers are just shame to the world and specially to its tax payer citizans.

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  • Kashi
    May 3, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Mr. Rohrabacher, Better to do it and will see the result, we are not afraid of your threats, Pakistanis dont trust on Usa anymore, you r the only country who is doing wars in the whole world, in 11 years u are unable to make peace and control in Afghanistan then its open that you are self FAIL… and blame on others :D

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  • HAZARA TIGERS
    May 3, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Every nation has the right to chose its future. So Baloch is also human and has the right to chose what is better for them. US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is not only supporting the oppressed nation in Pakistan but also doing the same in Afghanistan. He is the supporter of Parliamentary system and complete autonomy to the Hazaras, Tajik and Uzbek in Afghanistan. Last week he is denied to provide him a visa to visit Afghanistan and talk to Hazaras who long remained oppressed by Pashtoon rulers as Balochs by Punjabi rulers. Zinda Bad Oppressed nations of the world and those who are supporting these nations.

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  • salmonrusty
    May 3, 2012 - 4:22PM

    He is not a true friend of the Palestinian people who have faced occupation and ethnic cleansing since 1948. Wonder why?

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  • Bilal
    May 3, 2012 - 5:39PM

    If US is so sure that Pakistan is using that “aid money” to sponsor terrorism, then WHY WONT YOU STOP THAT AID?!!! Before worrying about our Balouch people, I suggest US should first sort out the issue of native americans, African-Americans, LGBTS, homeless freaks, drug addicts and the list goes on. When all that is fixed, I will personally welcome them to “fix” issues in Pakistan. Until then please keep your mouths shut and continue to control people who are living on your money. Stop inflicting hate in the masses!Recommend

  • Mir Chakar Mazari
    May 3, 2012 - 5:49PM

    The future of my Balochistan is with Pakistan. Those nationalist Balochs who tell Pakistanis have no right in deciding their future should now also talk against this American who is talking about our land. Why doesn’t Brahamdagh or Noor ud din Mengal speak against this man who talks about the future of us Balochs ?

    Balochistan will InshAllah remain with Pakistan, it is our land and we no future apart from Pakistan. We will not accept these Brahamdaghs and Mengals as our leader, we do not want these feudals ruling us.

    Zindaag Baat Pakistan

    Zindaag Baat Balochistan

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  • ANSWER
    May 3, 2012 - 7:06PM

    US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher ANSWER THIS QUESTIONS-

    BAITULLAH MEHSUD WAS KILLED IN DRONE ATTACK AMERICA SAID

    BUT HE WAS IN 1 PIECE IF DRONE KILLED HIM HE WILL BE IN PIECES

    WHY HAKIMMULAH MEHSUD NOT KILLED IN DRONE ?

    PAKISTAN HAS GIVEN SACRIFICE FOR AMERICA WAR ON TERROR.

    SO THEY CAN BETTER BE HAPPY FOR SACRIFICING FOR THEIR BALOCH BROTHERS.

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  • izhar bokharee
    May 3, 2012 - 7:08PM

    The only reason Balochistan is now a fair game is because the west has realised how much natural resource rich is this province. The americans and other western nations don’t give a damn about human rights, all they care for if the gold and natural gas there is to be mined. wake up people, this guy is not a hero for the baloch people, there is self interest in all this. what a bogus process

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  • Lala Gee
    May 3, 2012 - 8:04PM

    “In his letter, Rep. Rohrabacher says that until Pakistan’s government and military deny ethnic groups in the country their right to self-determination, the country’s future will “remain bleak and marred by political violence”.”

    Sir, who stops you allowing the right of self-determination to the Afghan Baluchis.

    “He added that he has long held India to the same standard as well.

    But, sir, you forgot to write the letter to the Indian Government for allowing the Kashmiris the right of self-determination.

    “The Congressman’s letter to PM Gilani says, “the Baloch people have a right to choose their own political structure and America will no long (sic) play a willing role in helping your government to oppress them.””

    Sir, Palestinians, Kashmiris, and Iranian Balochis are also waiting for your action since long time.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,KS
    May 3, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @ Cautious, Pakistan is not a failed State BUT it has failed LEADERSHIP, for decades. What you are saying in regard to the consequences that Pakistan will face after 2014 while the US aid money will dry up, well,let me remind you that the Americans has done this before when the Russians were defeated. Americans abandoned Afghanistan and Pakistan when the Russians retreated and Pakistan was left with holding the bag of 3000 Afghan refugees, majority of them are still there. By foolishly abandoning the area chucking that Russians were taught a lesson, Americans got the taste of 9/11. And by the way these Taliban and Mujaheddin were the creation US,Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and it was the USA encouraging these sick Jehadis from all over the wold to go there and fight the Russian infidels, how stupid of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan would have been better off today if the Russians stayed there and Americans kept out of it.Pakistanis has lost 40,000 citizens since the Americans invaded Afghanistan and this is the reality of it. Yes, Pakistan has failed leadership otherwise they would have kept the Americans at bay.

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  • Singh
    May 3, 2012 - 8:38PM

    To all these chest thumping Pakistani- US is not leaving Pakistan high & dry after 2014. It is building 2nd biggest embassy after Iraq in Islamabad. Watch Lucman show.

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  • Ahad
    May 3, 2012 - 10:14PM

    I am shocked by many of the responses who r appreciating this congresman words,
    He is able to know sitting thousand miles away that 4 ppl were killed in an attack, so cant he see or turns blind when a drones hits an area and kills innocents, so far hundreds innocents been killed.
    If he is such a human activist why dont he tell his govt to stop that, does he turns blind when israel kills palestenians.
    To my brothers in baluchistan dun fell into trap of these americans they r ur worst enemies and this dumb congressman is just a pawn. These americans jst follow their interests and be aware dun align ur interests with them.
    Most importantly i am nt justifying the killings done by the security forces but i also know 1 thing many punjabis living in quetta had been killed including one of my uncles, their are things seriuosly rong in balouchistan and arm action cannot be the answer, political parties needs to play their part…Recommend

  • A. Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Perhaps Mr. Rohrbacher should show the same concern for Kashmiri citizen that he does for Balochistan.

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  • G. Din
    May 4, 2012 - 12:21AM

    @Zulfiqar Baig:
    “US aplogized Indian Film actress Shah Rukh Kan…”
    You know I have always suspected that about Shah Rukh. But, he is such a damn good actor that he never lets you on!

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  • Rationalist
    May 4, 2012 - 12:58AM

    @A. Khan:

    “Perhaps Mr. Rohrbacher should show the same concern for Kashmiri citizen that he does for Balochistan.”

    Let’s take a slightly different perspective here:

    Perhaps Pakistan should show the same concern for Balochi citizen that Pakistan does for Kashmir?

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  • Shane Hashmi
    May 4, 2012 - 1:03AM

    Thank you Mr Congressman for reminding us about those facts. However, it was your government that sowed the seeds of this chaos that we see today in the form of NRO. When the corrupt run the country, they only do what they know best – corruption and more corruption. That is why no matter how much aid we get, it all ends up in their bank accounts – hence a “failed state” as you call it. Balochistan problems are also a by product of the NRO – when all nationalist parties boycotted the elections and ended up with no representation in the assemblies whatsoever.

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  • shazada zahid mahmoud malik loan
    May 4, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Mr Rabharer, whatever his name is, does not mention the other failed state he supports ardently that has committed crimes of the century – the Zionist entity called Israel. This is because Rhaberer is himself a Jewish in origin. He also does not mention that 6 million Jews of the occupiers of the land of the Sioux Indians control the 350 million people. Pakistan is here to stay and stay it will until the end of the world. I think we should not ignore him but keep his ideas in mind the tricks and plots the Zionists have at their sleeves – remember their friend Sadam Hussain, now Mr Assad (the darling of the Israelis and the Occupiers of the land of the Sioux) and Gadaffi – they were all the friends of Israel and they were all betrayed. Well Mr Rhabaer, whatever his name is, must know that the Pakistani will fix not only the difficulties having now fixed the so called the United States of America Alias the Land of the Sioux Nation in Afghanistan. I think the people of Texas, New Mexico and California should have the right to decide their own fate – they were taken from Mexico.

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  • asma@london
    May 4, 2012 - 2:15AM

    @DroneAcharya:

    let them in and then watch the oppression and atrocities they commit in Baluchistan. It’ll be very subtle in a way you cannot even imagine in your stupid dreams!!!!!!!!
    Muslims will never, never learn from history, even if it took place 5-10 years back.

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  • Californian
    May 4, 2012 - 3:53AM

    The response of Pakistani people towards all their problems can be summarized easily. (1) Others are doing bad things too, therefore it is alright for us to do self destructive things, (2) CIA, Mossad, RAW are conspiring to destabilize Pakistan, (3) All problems are caused by the American war on terror, (4) If we allow terrorists both Pakistani and foreigners to use our territory to attack our neighbors, it is the fault of the neighbors for being in the way, (5) harboring terrorists is our sovereign right, (6) our sovereignty is compromised by those who defend themselves against our terrorists, (7) One nation theory dictates that Islam is a great uniting force our animosity towards Shias, Ahmadis and other minor muslim denominations not withstanding, and that Bangladesh, Baluchistan, Pakhtunistan, and Sindhu Desh Liberation Front are minor aberrations driven by outsiders, and finally (8) Give us Kashmir and all of Pakistans problems will evaporate immediately. There will no longer be daily suicide bombings, power will suddenly become a surplus commodity, and magically all donkey carts will become Mercedeses.

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  • saeed
    May 4, 2012 - 3:56AM

    I am surprised no one mention root of all problem Afghan war,during Zia era and his great uncle Sam. Pakistan won Jihad against Russia. In return we create Load of Islamic extras mist , get the long period of dictators, and hate for democracy.
    On actual topic, don’t these Baloch hate USA and there main concern was all am American bases. Truth these feudal Baloch need poor slave .And Pakistan is in between there way.

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  • Nawab
    May 4, 2012 - 4:04AM

    Oh what no love for Bahrain???

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  • Balochi
    May 4, 2012 - 8:53AM

    @DroneAcharya..Yo! talk some sense dude. I know your not a Pakistani or even a Balochi. Even if you are let me tell you one thing Balochistan is not going any where its going to be the part of Pakistan FOREVER.. I as a pakistani and there are a lot there like me am a firm believer that Balochistan will get by these hard times in fact the whole country will get through these hard times. I love my Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Pathan brothers and sisters.
    and dude get your head out of that a$$.
    Long Live PAKISTAN..

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  • Righteous
    May 4, 2012 - 8:53AM

    @Bilal: The people of Palestine were NEVER in history of a separate entity that belonged to a nation. Even if they were to have their own nation today, they would be fighting among themselves like Pakistan. Artificially created states NEVER work. They collapse under the weight of their internal differences.

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  • hasan
    May 4, 2012 - 9:07AM

    Pakistan should be very concerned about the prospect of a Republican President – they tend to go to war!

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  • Sajida
    May 4, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Rohrabacher is a neocon. he is not a true freind of the Baloch.

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  • Sajida
    May 4, 2012 - 9:30AM

    Rohrabacher comes from a state being called a failed state in US! I guess he doesn’t know about that. Just look at its education performance. It is a minority-majority state and cannot even educate its children properly.
    http://www.rand.org/news/press/2005/01/03.html
    RAND Report Shows California Schools Lag Behind Other States on Almost Every Objective Measurement

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  • scorpio
    May 4, 2012 - 9:33AM

    MR senator, its better to mind your own business and don’t try to play divide and rule , balochistan is our province and we equally love our every province.

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  • BASHARAT HUSSAIN
    May 4, 2012 - 10:56AM

    he is habitual, see an old pakistani media report on rohrabacher.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9WMTpTp8uc

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  • Mo Sheikh
    May 4, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Some people sound like fools. This guy looks like a fool!

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  • Lala Gee
    May 4, 2012 - 6:08PM

    @Californian:

    “that Bangladesh, Baluchistan, Pakhtunistan, and Sindhu Desh Liberation Front are minor aberrations driven by outsiders, and finally (8) Give us Kashmir and all of Pakistans problems will evaporate immediately.”

    No matter what you do to divert focus from Kashmir with your evil machinations, you cannot deter the resolve of Pakistani nation for supporting the Kashmiris for their right of self-determination. No aggregate of fact twisting and conspiracies can make the issue go away and stop the Kashmir joining Pakistan.

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  • Skin Taj
    May 4, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Pakistan is a unique country. No country in the world history has been able to survive after being a main BATTLEGROUND of two superpowers . Pakistan bore the brunt of 25 years of this war and had to face terrorism ,violence , hostility, brutality ,intimidation ,and aggression initially by the Russians ( for their own reasons) and then CIA (for their own reasons ( some say Yahoodi block) and guess who was a common enemy force which was always with BOTH these two forces * YES IT WAS INDIAN RAW *.
    Most of these forces did their best to make Pakistan firstly confront with Russia and now USA……
    BUT Pakistan in spite of low resources and hardships manage to sail through this critical time , when its existence was at stake ……and NOW , its about, at the end of DARK DAYS ….
    Look at the stock exchange ( economic indicator ) ,which is flourishing every day along with other indicators .
    Indian economy in last 15 years has grown because they did not have any competition in the area and Pakistan was too busy fighting anti terror war and all its business was diverted to India. India enjoyed every moment of it.
    The ill wishers in INDIA had hoped and dreamt every day the it will be confrontation between Pakistan and USA/NATO and Pakistan will perish , but FORTUNATELY the cool/wise heads in Pakistan prevailed and Pakistan has come out of this difficult time and NOW THE TIME IS CHANGING for the best for PAKISTAN. China and Russia have decided to back Pakistan along with other friends in the world and in fact some sensible elements in USA too !!!!
    Those ANTI PAKISTAN elements in India or elsewhere are now very disappointed, dissatisfied ,thwarted and upset and now DESPERATE……………….and Senator Rohrabacher is one of them .
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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  • Hasan
    May 5, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Dana who?

    This fat nobody is selling his dignity for the Brahmin vote – so what? Even if he were elected president in four years, what could the US possibly do to facilitate their newfound fantasy of Balochi independence? These scumbags marched into Afghanistan – the POOREST country in the world – and failed to shift a ragtag army of shephards weilding Soviet-era weaponry. They are no better fighters than the useless Hindustanis. My only frustration is that so many of my Pakistani brothers and sisters are taking this gorah clown so seriously.

    Think about the amusement when Hindustan tried to intimidate us in 2001 – in the end they blew up 900 of their own men just through their mobilisation efforts. It is one of the greatest blessings that Allah SWT has given to our nation, that these are the kinds of gutless eunuchs who crave our destruction so desperately. Let them crave away, it’s actually quite flattering.

    Hasan

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  • Hasnain
    May 5, 2012 - 2:24AM

    I can’t believe those Pakistani’s who are taking America’s side! Don’t balochi people understand? The only thing that is stopping america from, quite literally destroying you, and extracting the natural resources you have is the Pakistan army! If Balochistan does get independence, that will be the end of all 5 states of Pakistan that are existing today. The West will invade and destroy you within a matter of weeks, perhaps days! Yes i do admit that maybe the army has done wrong and that the current goverment is, quite frankly useless, DON’T always believe what the media says. We need change, help us change, and not help those who wish to see Pakistan in ruins for their own benefits. Please try to understand

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  • m
    May 5, 2012 - 3:53AM

    So he wants our Oil now ?

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  • Lupo
    May 25, 2012 - 8:32AM

    He’s not wrong. Pakistan is the Somalia of South Asia.

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