Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fury in Pakistan After U.S. Congressman Suggests That a Province Leave

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An inflammatory call by an American congressman for the secession of Pakistan’s largest province has sparked uproar in the country, injecting fresh complications into stalled efforts to restart diplomatic relations between Washington and Islamabad. The furor stems from a nonbinding resolution introduced Friday by Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, which stated that the people of Baluchistan, a sprawling western province racked by a seven-year-old separatist insurgency, should “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country.”Although the bill has little chance of success in Congress, it drew a furious reaction from Pakistani politicians and media, with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani calling it an attack on Pakistani sovereignty, while the new ambassador to Washington, Sherry Rehman, warned it would “seriously impact Pakistan-U.S. relations.”

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