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US pressing Pak for bases in Balochistan

world Updated: Feb 21, 2012 01:12 IST

The United States has been pushing Pakistan for permission to establish bases in Balochistan for intelligence operations against bordering Iran, according to a media report.

The "outburst in America for Balochistan", including a resolution introduced in the US Congress seeking the recognition of the Baloch people's right to self- determination, is part of the move to set up intelligence bases close to the Iranian border, an Pakistani unnamed official was quoted as saying by 'The Express Tribune' newspaper.

Two officials from security agencies and one from diplomatic circles confirmed to the daily that American diplomats and military leaders had requested permission for their agents to operate near the Iranian border in Balochistan.

The revelation came days after a bill was moved in the US House of Representatives, blaming Pakistani security agencies for abductions and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan and calling for the recognition of the right to self-determination.