Balochistan bill amounts to meddling in Pakistan’s affairs: JUI-F chief

Asks if the US could countenance Pakistan’s interference.


Kashif Zafar February 27, 2012

BAHAWALPUR: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday that the bill introduced in the US House of Representative for an independent Balochistan was tantamount to a direct interference by the US in Pakistan’s internal matters.

Speaking at a rally in Bahawalpur, Rehman said that the US had no right to meddle in Pakistan’s internal affairs and asked rhetorically whether the US could ever allow Pakistan to interfere in its internal matters.

He also criticised Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar’s statement, which allowed Nato to continue using its food supply routes in Pakistan, even though the issue was under debate in the Parliament.

The JUI-F leader disapproved of the price Pakistan has had to pay due to the US-led war against terrorism. He said that the US committed a big crime in Afghanistan by killing a large number of innocent people for personal gains. A decade on, the US is now trying to engage in peaceful dialogue with the Taliban, he said.

Rehman warned the US and other foreign forces to end conspiracies against Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan, and said that the people of Pakistan will stand united against any attempts to destabilise the country or harm its sovereignty.

The JUI-F chief also questioned where the ‘so-called champions of human rights and peace’ had been during the 64-year-long struggle of the Kashmiris right to self-determination.

He said the US has never showed any concern over the plight of Kashmir or the crisis in the Middle East. In fact, it violated human rights and never took any serious steps to resolve problems of Palestine, Iraq and Libya. He termed America the biggest terrorist of the world that has shattered peace and stability of many countries.

Rehman expressed deep concern over a host of national issues facing Pakistan and said the country has no foreign policy of its own.

He claimed that Pakistan has lost at least 40,000 innocent people due to lack of proper governance and foreign policy that has allowed foreign forces to be our ‘masters’.

He fully supported the demand for the restoration of Bahawalpur’s provincial status.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.

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