Senator Raza Rabbani. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Senators from both sides of the divide on Thursday condemned the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for discussing the Balochistan issue, and termed it as a direct interference in Pakistan's affairs.

Raising the issue on a point of order Senator Raza Rabbani said that the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has no jurisdiction to call a hearing on any issue happening in Pakistan.

Rabbani said that there should be a clear message to the US from Pakistan Senate and the Government that such interference was intolerable.

He said that some foreign elements have joined hands to exploit the situation in Balochistan which is against the soverignity of an independent country.

”We cannot surrender our sovereignty in the name of globalisation,” he added. Senator Kalsoom Parveen was on the same page.

Senator Professor Ibrahim said that America itself does not have a clear track record on various issues and should improve its image first.

Senator Abdur Rahim Mandokhel and Senator Haji Adeel emphasized the need to improve law and order in the province. Senator Ahmad Ali said that the US should first look at gross human rights violations being committed by Indian forces in held Kashmir.