February 17, 2012

Rohrabacher Introduces Bill Recognizing Baluchistan’s Right to Self-Determination

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2012
Contact: Tara Setmayer
202-225-2415


Rep. Rohrabacher Introduces Bill Recognizing Baluchistan's Right to
Self-Determination
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced a
House Concurrent Resolution that the Baluchi nation has a historic
right to self-determination. 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."

"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."
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.


Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) have also signed on
as original co-sponsors of the bill.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
on Oversight and Investigations.

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ATTACHMENT


112TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION H. CON. RES. ____

Expressing the sense of Congress that the people of Baluchistan, currently
divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, have the right
to self-determination and to their own sovereign country.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. ROHRABACHER submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was
referred to the Committee on _____________________________


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the people of Baluchistan,
currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and
Afghanistan, have the right to self-determination
and to their own sovereign country.
Whereas the people of Baluchistan have maintained a proud
and distinctive national, cultural, and religious identity
dating back to ancient times;
Whereas in 1666, the Baluch Khanate of Kalat was founded
which functioned as an independent, sovereign country;
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Whereas in the 19th century, the Baluch people were conquered
and divided by the imperialist expansion of Persia
(Iran) and the British Empire;
Whereas on August 15, 1947, the Khan of Kalat declared
independence, only to have Baluch aspirations crushed by
an invasion by Pakistan in April 1948 followed by 2
years of a bloody campaign to stamp out popular resistance;
Whereas revolts in 1958, 1973, and 2005 indicate continued
popular discontent against rule by Islamabad, and the
plunder of its vast natural wealth while Baluchistan remains
the poorest province in Pakistan;
Whereas a popular insurgency is also under way in Sistan-
Baluchistan and being met by brutal repression by the
dictatorship in Iran which has added religious bigotry to
tyranny; and
Whereas it is the policy of the United States to oppose aggression
and the violation of human rights inherent in
the subjugation of national groups as currently being
shown in Iran and Pakistan against the aspirations of
the Baluch people:

Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate
concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the people of
Baluchistan, 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.
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Tara Olivia Setmayer | Communications Director
Office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46)
2300 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
( 202.225.2415 (main)
tara.setmayer@mail.house.gov

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