ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has conveyed serious concern over the meeting of a powerful committee of the US Congress scheduled for today (Wednesday) exclusively on the issue of Balochistan. Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit told a local news agency that Pakistani embassy in Washington had taken a strong notice of the move by the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to deliberate the issue of Balochistan.The official website of US Congress has already displayed the notification and topic of the congressional hearing.A Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher will chair the hearing. Rohrabacher recently in an article expressed support for an independent Balochistan. "Perhaps, we should even consider support for a Balochistan carved out of Pakistan to diminish radical power there (in Pakistan)," Rohrabacher wrote in his article."Our embassy in Washington is already in touch with the organisers of the hearing of the committee. They know how we feel about it. Our concerns have been forcefully conveyed in Washington," Basit said, when he was asked about the US legislator's planned deliberation over the most sensitive issue of Pakistan. The House of Representatives’powerful committee also oversees America's foreign assistance programmes. A special congressional hearing on Balochistan is deemed very important when the deteriorating Pak-US relations are supposed to be normalising. It is worth recalling that Pakistan had refused to allow the US to open a consulate in Quetta.The US State Department involved itself in the issue of Balochistan when its spokesperson Victoria Nuland last month urged Pakistan to ‘really lead and conduct a dialogue that takes the Balochistan issue forward’. "The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Balochistan, especially targeted killings, disappearances and other human rights abuses," she said. Interestingly, Nuland addressed the issue in a "twitter-briefing" that the department holds every Friday. "This was a very popular question on our feed, so we wanted to make sure that we answered it today," said Nuland, who focused on the violence plaguing Balochistan instead of tackling political issues raised in most of the tweets.Pakistani officials say some foreign hands are involved in fanning the violence in the province.The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence expressed concerns over deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan and the assassination of a granddaughter of Nawab Akbar Bugti in Karachi, summoning intelligence agencies to brief the panel on Feb 29, while the Supreme Court of Pakistan has also taken notice of thekillings.