Islamabad, Feb 18: Pakistan's top leadership reacted angrily today to a resolution introduced in the US Congress seeking the right to self-determination for Baloch people, with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani describing the move as an attack on the country's sovereignty.
Gilani condemned the resolution moved in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher yesterday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Karachi Port, he said: "We condemn it as it is against our sovereignty".
In a statement, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar took strong exception to the resolution on Balochistan, which has witnessed a spike in violence by nationalist groups that are seeking greater autonomy and a say in the exploitation of the southwestern province's abundant natural resources, including minerals and gas.
Khar said though the resolution was an isolated move by a few individuals, it "was contrary to the principles of the UN Charter and international law".
The resolution was also against the "very fundamentals of the longstanding Pakistan-US relations", she said. She pointed out that Pakistan's National Assembly or lower house of parliament had unanimously adopted a resolution condemning a recent hearing on Balochistan by the US Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations.
The National Assembly resolution had "clearly represented the legitimate reaction of the people of Pakistan", she said. Khar described Rohrabacher's resolution as "an unfriendly and irresponsible attempt by a few individuals in Washington" to create distrust between the people of the US and Pakistan.