US congressional trial on Balochistan termed as ‘ill advised’ by Pakistan

Sherry Rehman, the ambassador of Pakistan to US has termed the Congressional hearing of United States on Balochistan as ‘ill advised’. The hearing was held earlier this week and is considered harmful to the Pak-US relation.

According to an article by APP, a spokesman of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington told that the Ambassador Sherry Rehman has raised her voice in meetings with members of the US congress against the exclusive hearing on Balochistan, which was conducted by
US House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

According to the spokesman, Rehman told that Pakistan strongly opposes the findings of this meeting and think of it as “ill-advised and ill-considered”. She also told that this move will have serious consequences and will affect the relationship between
both countries.

“Balochistan is an integral part of the Pakistan. Pakistan is a democracy conducting itself in accordance with the international law,” the ambassador said.

“The government is strongly committed to protecting the fundamental rights and freedom in all parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan, and has initiated an extensive programme of constitutional and other reforms to empower all citizens in the continuing
consolidation of democracy,” Sherry added.

She expressed that the trial was marked by a “blatant disregard for the history of the issue and manipulated selective facts.”

“It is deeply regrettable that the legislature of a country that calls itself a friend of Pakistan allowed itself to be used as a platform for advocating the dismemberment of Pakistan and provided justification to terrorists attempting to hold Balochistan,
and Pakistan, hostage,” the envoy said.

“Pakistan views this hearing with a serious concern and considers it unacceptable. This kind of an exercise constitutes interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs. The hearing will be detrimental to mutual trust and confidence,” the envoy added.

Sherry added that selected parliament, the Balochistan assembly, the independent judiciary, forceful media and flourishing civil society are opportunities to rectify political and economic grievances.

With the badly damaged Pak-US relationships due to the recent Nato air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers during November, last year, this move will result in worsening the situation even more.

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