Bill Calling For Baloch Right To Self Determination Introduced In Us Congress By Malik Siraj Akbar
“Baluchistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own.
WASHINGTON, DC: Taking last week’s landmark congressional hearing on Balochistan a step further, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) on Friday introduced a House Concurrent Resolution calling for Balochistan’s right of self-determination, confirmed the office of Mr. Rohrabacher.
Dana Rohrabacher, who is the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has demanded the “historic right” of the Baloch to self-determination in his resolution. Congressmen Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) have also signed on as original co-sponsors of the bill.
“Baluchistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own. In Pakistan especially, the Baluchi people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial killing. The bill states that the Baluchi people “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country; and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status,”” stated a press release issued from the office of the pro-Baloch Congressman.
“The Baluchi, like other nations of people, have an innate right to self-determination,” says Rohrabacher. “The political and ethnic discrimination they suffer is tragic and made more so because America is financing and selling arms to their oppressors in Islamabad.”
The press release further stated, “Historically Baluchistan was an independently governed entity known as the Baluch Khanate of Kalat which came to an end after invasions from both British and Persian armies. An attempt to regain independence in 1947 was crushed by an invasion by Pakistan. Today the Baluchistan province of Pakistan is rich in natural resources but has been subjugated and exploited by Punjabi and Pashtun elites in Islamabad, leaving Baluchistan the country’s poorest province.”