WASHINGTON (News Desk) – The US State Department has strongly rebutted the perception that United States backs demands for an independent Balochistan, saying that Washington fully respects Pakistan’s territorial unity and integrity.

According to the English daily Dawn, some Baloch nationalists had held two separate seminars in Washington’s Capitol Hall last week. On the occasion, speakers urged US government and legislators to support their struggle to achieve independent Balochistan.

Responding to the newspaper’s query about such calls, a State Department official categorically stated that the United States backs a united Pakistan.

We have always urged all political parties and other forces in Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully and through a valid electoral and political dialogue, the statement added.