Rohrabacher asks Radio Free Asia to broadcast in Balochistan

US Congressman says Baloch people should be exposed to "accurate and objective" news.


Huma Imtiaz March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who had recently introduced a controversial legislation and resolution on Balochistan, asked Radio Free Asia (RFA) to report on and broadcast in Balochistan to better equip them with the current news.

According to a press release issued by his office, Representative Rohrabacher wrote a letter to Radio Free Asia’s president, saying that the Baloch people would be “receptive to RFA broadcasts in their own language and the increased exposure to accurate and objective news would no doubt be to our and their great benefit.”

Rohrabacher, who is also Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations, told the RFA, “While the government and intelligence services in Pakistan act against the interests of the United States, I believe America can find common ground with the people of South Asia.”

The letter further states: “The central government of Pakistan, despite the billions of dollars in aid that the US government has provided, has not acted in good faith with America, targets Americans for murder and has purposefully moved closer to their main ally, Communist China. Because of these factors, America’s strategic calculus regarding Pakistan is changing.”

He added that the government of Pakistan is repressing the Baloch people, and that the Balochi nation has a right to self-determination.

Radio Free Asia, according to their website, is “a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information in nine native Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media. The purpose of RFA is to provide a forum for a variety of opinions and voices from within these Asian countries.”

In February, Rohrabacher had chaired a hearing on human rights abuses in Balochistan. He also introduced a House Concurrent Resolution, asking for the Baloch people to be given the right to self-determination. The Republican congressman from California had earlier introduced bills asking for Dr Shakil Afridi to be given US citizenship and the Congressional Gold Medal, and has called on President Obama to intervene in the case.

COMMENTS (32)

Samar Baloch | 9 years ago | Reply

To all the Indian trolls - it appears you Indians are constantly looking for trouble. Please stop your hippocracy and stop poking your terrorist nose into the Pakistani Nation. Stop looking for ways to exploit Pakistan. Also stop calling in other misguided countries to support your proxy war agenda against Pakistan. And do not wonder why Pakistan is so cautious when it comes to India . . .We Baloch are loyal Pakistanis and know how to deal with India's misadventures!

Abid P. Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Ignorance can not be cured.

For those interested, can search at Answers.com or Google. Find out about the aims and objectives both of Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia. Till 1971, CIA was providing funds but now the US government has changed the rules for financing.

Look at Joseph Goebbels too,

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