Right of sovereignty raised for Balochistan in US senate

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Dana Rohrabacher, US Congressman has put forward a bill highlighting the basic right of the Baloch nation to a self-determined government and a sovereign country.

Mr. Rohrabacher, along with two other congressmen, presented the bill in the House of Representatives on Friday.

According to the bill, the Balochi nation is “currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status among the community of nations, living in peace and harmony, without external coercion. Historically Balochistan was an independently governed entity known as the Baloch 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 Balochistan the country’s poorest province.”

The bill highlights various factors such as the Balochi nation in Pakistan are not treated fairly and are suffering from extrajudicial killing and violence. Several media members all over the globe have declared the presenters of the bill to be “obviously oblivious to ground realities”.

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