US proposal of opening a consulate in Quetta a security
risk....
A Paki misleading report


Islamabad, May 21 : Pakistani law enforcement agencies have termed the US proposal of opening a consulate in Quetta a 'security risk'.

In a report presented before the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, the agencies after gathering comprehensive information opposed the proposal and declared
it a 'security risk', the sources said.

According to experts, Balochistan is rich in natural resources like coal, natural gas, gold, oil, silver, iron and several other minerals.

Owing to the Gwadar port, this part of the world has become a gateway for Central Asia and Afghanistan to reach out to the Middle East and Europe, the
Daily Times reports.

Keeping in view the minerals and its geographical position, the officials said that many world powers, especially the US, were thinking of settling in
Balochistan.

Geological experts said that the oil in the region flows from Iran into Iraq, from where it is drilled and supplied to the world.

Due to the law and order situation, foreign companies are reluctant to invest in exploration in Balochistan, which is the only reason why law enforcement
agencies have opposed the US proposal.

Local diplomats said that the US was constructing an air base in Ormara Creek, while another base was being built at Bochik in the Chaghi area, from
where the US security experts will be able to monitor developments in Iran and keep an eye on the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

--ANI

US to open a consulate in Quetta,
says Patterson

By Muhammad Kazim




May 14, 2010

Anne Patterson said the US wants to open a small consulate in Quetta to supervise development projects in Balochistan. (AP)



QUETTA: The US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W Patterson, while talking to The Express Tribune on Thursday has said that the US wants to open a
“small consulate” in Quetta to supervise development projects in Balochistan.

She was attending a dinner hosted in her honour by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Dr Ruqia Saeed Hashmi. Patterson said that the main
objective of her visit was to talk about development projects which were being carried out by the US in Balochistan. “We are thinking how we can
increase our presence here,” she said, adding “I have come here to talk with authorities about opening of a small consulate in Quetta to supervise the
development activities under USAID.”

She said that the main focus of the US in Balochistan was irrigation, energy and education. Patterson flatly rejected reports of pressure being applied
by the US on Pakistan for launching military operations in North Waziristan. “Let me clear up this issue. This was a mistake made by the media. We
had talked about the cooperation in investigations regarding Shahzad.” Patterson said the US was the biggest donor to Pakistan adding they expected
to disburse around $3.6 billion for Pakistan’s assistance.

“This is a significant assistance,” she said. Patterson stressed the need for financial reforms in Pakistan besides increasing its tax net. During her
visit, Patterson met with CM Aslam Raisani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhotani, Corps Commander Southern Command Lt
General Javed Zia and IGP Balochistan. Officials said that supplies for Nato troops through Balochistan amongst other matters were discussed in the
meetings.

Published in the
Express Tribune, May 14th, 2010.


Tariq Baluch wrote: "Surely USA can arrange security for its own consulate. It does not
require Pakistan to provide security".



Editorial: A US consulate for Balochistan

The Baloch Hal News

It is not known with certainty why the indigenous Baloch media was barred from meeting the US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, during
her latest visit to Balochistan. The visiting top diplomat did not meet the Baloch journalists, barring a few, to ascertain the actual state of affairs in
Balochistan. Whether the government tired to prevent its critics in the media from meeting Patterson or the decision was made by the officials at the US
embassy in Islamabad is anybody’s guess.

There is little information available about the details of Ambassador Patterson’s visit to Balochistan. She called on Balochistan Governor Nawab
Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, Corps Commander and Speaker of the provincial assembly Mohammad Aslam
Bhoothani to discuss matters of mutual interests.

According to the available information, the US government intends to establish a “small consulate” in Balochistan in the coming days. This will mainly
focus on the upcoming development works which will be carried out in Balochistan under the Kerry Lugar Bill. Besides this, there were no indications
that the consulate would conduct some hardcore political business in Balochistan. Previously, the affairs of Balochistan were monitored by a
consulate based in Karachi.

Washington’s decision to open up its consulate in Balochistan, an important province of Pakistan which shares borders with troubled Afghanistan and
recalcitrant Iran, is a very positive development. The freedom loving people of Balochistan deeply welcome this move. The United States of America is
a country that champions the cause of democracy, liberalism, pluralism and tolerance. It is, unfortunately, the most misunderstood country in the world.
Consulates help to improve the image of a country. They do not only help the local communities to clearly understand the message of a country but
also prove a great source of understanding the mindset and aspirations of the local people of an area where the consulate is established.

Ironically, the only two counties which have their full-fledged consulates in Quetta, the Baloch capital, are Afghanistan and Iran, which accommodate a
chunk of population that deeply dislike Washington, its policies and its leaders. What one learns from the motives stated by the US ambassador, the
US consulate in Quetta will predominantly serve as checks and balances on the development projects that will be executed in Balochistan. This is an
admirable decision given the loss of confidence of  the local people in the corrupt provincial government and the inefficient bureaucracy.  Let’s hope,
the consulate will expand its restricted role in the wake of monitoring the development works and provide the people of Balochistan a better chance to
learn more about the US and its people.

While Islamabad continues to insist the US is a good ally of Pakistan, the people of this country often wonder what is it that the US has given to the
people of this country in term of its amity. For instance, the Russians gave Pakistan the Steel Mills and the Chinese helped to build the Karakoram
Highway and Gwadar Port. The US, on the other hand, has almost done nothing as such to establish an edifice of friendship with Pakistan.

Thus, Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most neglected province, should be chosen as the venue of a such a grand project that should epitomize
US-Pak relations. This could come as a university of international standards of a world-class hospital so that it benefits the entire population of the
area instead of the ruling elite only. Such a project, if ever offered by the US to Pakistan, is important in order to convince the people of Pakistan as well
as that of Balochistan that Washington does not only build relations with the rulers of this country. There is a need to build relations with the people, not
solely the rulers, of this country by building some mega projects that will help to reshape the destiny of the people in the health, economic and social
spheres of life.

The Quetta Consulate will hopefully assist Washington to closely monitor the alleged Taliban activities in Quetta and observe the ongoing war against
terror in Afghanistan. Previously, US Consul General in Karachi, Stephen G Fakan, had said it was unreasonable to say the Taliban do not exist in
Quetta. A US foreign policy expert laughingly said in Washington recently while meeting a group of Pakistani journalists that everyone, except the CIA
and FBI, knew where the Taliban in Quetta are hiding!

The willingness of the Americans to come to Balochistan at a time when several international organizations are either restricting their movements or
shutting businesses from the province due to security problems is a matter of encouragement for Balochistan. This will boost the confidence of foreign
companies and investors to come to Balochistan.

We hope that the US consulate in Quetta will remarkably help to make a distinction between the Taliban operations and the Baloch liberal and
nationalistic movement which has been systematically crushed by Islamabad. All democratic people in Balochistan welcome the establishment of a
US consulate in Balochistan. We hope it will be extended all kinds of support, if required, by the government of Balochistan and the local stakeholders.



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QUETTA: The United States of America is planning to establish a “small consulate” in Balochistan to supervise development projects in the province,
confirmed US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W Patterson on Thursday.

According to Karachi-based Express Tribune, she was attending a dinner hosted in her honour by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Dr Ruqia
Saeed Hashmi. Patterson said that the main objective of her visit was to talk about development projects which were being carried out by the US in
Balochistan. “We are thinking how we can increase our presence here,” she said, adding “I have come here to talk with authorities about opening of a
small consulate in Quetta to supervise the development activities under USAID.”

She said that the main focus of the US in Balochistan was irrigation, energy and education. Patterson flatly rejected reports of pressure being applied by
the US on Pakistan for launching military operations in North Waziristan. “Let me clear up this issue. This was a mistake made by the media. We had
talked about the cooperation in investigations regarding Shahzad.” Patterson said the US was the biggest donor to Pakistan adding they expected to
disburse around $3.6 billion for Pakistan’s assistance.

“This is a significant assistance,” she said. Patterson stressed the need for financial reforms in Pakistan besides increasing its tax net. During her visit,
Patterson met with CM Aslam Raisani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhotani, Corps Commander Southern Command Lt General
Javed Zia and IGP Balochistan. Officials said that supplies for Nato troops through Balochistan amongst other matters were discussed in the meetings.
US to open a “small
consulate” in
Balochistan

The Baloch Hal News