Foreign Office reaction: ‘Pakistan’s concerns on Balochistan hearing conveyed’

'We encour­age all the partie­s in Baloch­istan to work out their differ­ences peacef­ully,' says Nuland.


News Desk February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: Responding to the US Congressional hearing on Balochistan, the Foreign Office on Thursday stated that it had conveyed its concerns to the United States and had been ensured that the US government had nothing to do with the briefing.

The Foreign Office – referring to the statement of the US State Department – said that it clearly pointed out that the US government had nothing to do with this briefing.

“We have conveyed our concerns and raised this issue with the US authorities both in Washington and Islamabad. The matter was clarified by the US State Department yesterday,” said the Foreign Office.

“We believe that Washington fully understands our position on this issue.”

Meanwhile, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, when questioned about the discussion on Balochistan, replied that their view on Balochistan remains unchanged.

“Congress holds hearings on many foreign affairs topics,” stated Nuland.

“These hearings don’t necessarily imply that the US government endorses one view or another. I’d underscore that the State Department is not participating or involved in this hearing today.”

The spokesperson was referring to the comments she had made earlier on Twitter regarding Balochistan. “We emphasise that the US engages with Pakistan on a whole range of issues, including ways to foster economic development and expanding opportunity in Balochistan.”

When asked if the US supported the demand for an independent Balochistan, Nuland said, “You know where we’ve been on Balochistan. We encourage all the parties in Balochistan to work out their differences peacefully and through a valid political process.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2012.

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maheen | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Dani: Balochistan issue is not internal matter of pakistan, we have never been a part of pakistan, read the history carefully that before 27march1948 balochistan was an independant state which was forced fully occupied by pakistan, there is wide spread human rights violation and genocide of baloch being carried out, mutilated drilled bodies are dumped every day in balochistan, if pakistani people n governement is turning blind eye to the burning issue of balochistan then whole world cant be blind like pakistani governement

Tony C. | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Adnan: Dear Adnan, Federation is a good theory, but their are problems associated with it. I live in a Federation, and the basic problem is that you have two governments, a State and Federal Government. If anything goes wrong the State Government blames the Federal Government and visa versa. Both governments are greedy for money so you have two systems of taxation, and you finish up poorer. I could go into local councils, which is the third level of taxation, but I think you get the picture. Another problem is that the Federal Government, which eventually controls the purse strings, is in a remote part of Pakistan from the Punjab a thousand miles away, and has absolutely no idea what difficulties you are going through. They pretend they are interested, but you would have to be low functioning to believe them. I know that what you are saying is correct, but unfortunately it is based on intelligence and logic, something that is absolutely alien to most government decisions. Bet of luck.

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