Congressman, Ted Poe Washington’: Pakistan Has Increased Persecution Of Balochis
Baluch people have the resources to take care of themselves, but the government of Pakistan takes the resources and either puts tight constraints on the profit that goes back to the Baluchs or gives the profit away to its friends,” he claimed.
Pakistan, Ted Poe Washington: Alleging that Pakistan has increased the persecution of the people of Baluchistan, a key US lawmaker has said that human rights violation and oppression are forcing the restive province towards self-determination.
“Should the government of Pakistan continue to not only neglect but persecute the Baluch people, it is hard to argue with Baluchs who demand self-determination,” Congressman Ted Poe said.
“In the end, a government is only legitimate as long as it has the support of its people. The government of Pakistan is dangerously close to that line,” Poe said.
Speaking on the floor of the US House of Representatives, the Congressman urged Islamabad to give the Baluch people a voice in how they will be governed.
They should not only listen to their complaints, but answer them with positive steps, he said.
“This distinct group of people, who once held autonomous status, was deprived of their freedom without consideration when the British Empire invaded the area.”
“When the British took control over the area they divided the Baluchistan land into three separate parts, giving part of the land to Persia in 1896 while retaining the largest portion for India. The third and final division of the land by the British occurred in 1894 that gave part of Baluchistan to Afghanistan,” Poe said.