ISLAMABAD - The legislators in the National Assembly Monday unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the US congressional hearing on Balochistan and termed it interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and breach of international law.Leader of the Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan moved the resolution in the House, which was adopted after making consensus from all parliamentary parties. According to draft of the resolution, “This House strongly condemns the blatant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs evidenced by the US Congressional Foreign Relations Sub-Committee hearing on Balochistan on February 8, 2012. This House notes with grave concern that at a time when Pakistan-US relations are already under severe stress, the holding of such a hearing by the US Congress can jeopardise the healing process and further inflame public opinion against the US by adding to the prevailing sense of mistrust and suspicion regarding the US intentions towards Pakistan.”The resolution further urged the Government of Pakistan to convey to the US Administration, in no uncertain terms, that such hearings relating to internal affairs of Pakistan are totally unacceptable and the US Administration needs to play a more proactive role to discourage such ill-informed and motivated debate on sensitive issues of a sovereign country like Pakistan. Moreover, to rebuild mutual trust and confidence, the US Administration should respect and comply with the will of the people of Pakistan as expressed through various Parliamentary resolutions and discontinue drone attacks forthwith.Earlier speaking on a point of order, Ch Nisar came down hard on the Government and the US Congress said that a subcommittee of the US congress violated the international law by discussing Balochistan situation beside the Pakistani rulers paid no attention towards the breach of the sovereignty of the state of Pakistan. The government kept a criminal silence over the issue and it is imperative for this house to pass a condemnatory resolution,” he said.Nisar added that the resolution did not mean that the government should not adopt remedial measures to improve the situation in Balochistan but no other country could be allowed to get mileage of the Balochistan unrest.Hailing statements by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and IG FC that the forces had no role in any operation against miscreants or about the missing persons, Nisar said these statements were a good sign and reflected that the army leadership was responding to its responsibilities. He said the intelligence agencies had also presented seven missing persons in the apex court.However, he urged the government to learn lesson from the mistakes of past regimes including the separation of East Pakistan. He said that the government should also hold dialogue with the separatists so as no other nation could try to benefit from the wedge created due to injustice meted out to Baloch people by past regimes.Criticizing selective treatment towards Pakistan, Nisar said that the US administration paid no heed to atrocities made by dictatorial regimes of Pakistan against the people of Pakistan.“Neither the US took notice of the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti, nor did it paid heed to killings in Lal Masjid operation. They are ignorant of the breach of sovereignty by drone attacks and the plight of the civilians who die in these attacks as collateral damage. They turn a blind eye towards atrocities made by forces in occupied Kashmir but they decided to raise human rights violations in Balochistan,” he said, adding that the US was breaching the country’s sovereignty while the rulers were speechless.He said for the same reason, he wanted to table a resolution to condemn the US intervention, which should be supported by all parties. Responding to the points raised by Nisar, PPP chief whip Syed Khursheed Shah supported his views and said a strong message should be sent to the US by unanimous passage of the resolution by the parliament. Humayon Aziz Kurd, Dost Mazari, Noorul haq Qadri, Riaz Fatyana and Bushra Gohar also spoke on the resolution and supported it.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 14-Feb-2012 here.