CM-Allied officers from friendly countries

QUETTA: Afghan war and jihad policy badly disturbed world peace. End to extremisms linked with elimination of poverty and unemployment. Better relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran are in the interest of the region and three countries.

These views were expressed by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch while addressing allied officers from 25 friendly countries undergoing training at Staff College here Tuesday.

Provincial Minister Dr Hamid Achakzai, Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatha and other secretaries were also present.

Chief Minister in his address and answers of question of the participants said invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union Jihad policy of the world badly disturbed peace fo the world. International community has to play effective role for end to poverty and unemployment for the elimination of extremism, terrorism and sectarianism or menace of poverty would continue to fuel terrorism. We want better relations with all the countries particularly our neighbours. Better relations between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are not only important for the region but also between brother countries interest.

We are struggling in a democratic manner for our rights. Eighteenth amendment is major headway for stability of the democracy besides enhancement of powers of the provinces. As a result except five subjects all the departments were devolved to the provinces. Federating units have been given half of oil and gas income. Now Centre cannot make any agreement in this sector without the desire of the province.

Chief Minister said we have secured a lot of rights and struggling for secure for others. Issue of Balochistan share and representation in Federal services, foreign services, autonomous and semi autonomous bodies and corporations is yet to be decided.

Dr Malik Baloch said improving law and order and development of education, health, agriculture, livestock, mining, fishery is among the priorities of the provincial government.

For improving law and order, measures for increasing ability of Police and Levies has given good result. For the first time in the history of the country and the province Balochistan government allocated 26 percent of budget for education sector. Massive amount was also set aside for better health facilities and immunisation. Special attention was being paid for technical and standard education for the development of human resources.

Several gangs of kidnapping for ransom have been smashed. People can travel on Baluchistan’s national highways without any fear. Efforts are underway to hold talks with Baloch militants. Despite all these efforts still 2.3 million children were out of schools in the province. To bring them to the schools Rupees 62 billion are required while development budget of the province is tot the tune of Rupees 45 billion. For this we definitely need assistance and cooperation.

Work has begun on suspended two transmission lines and Gwadar to Rato Dero and Kalat-Quetta-Chaman highway. Similarly for the first time Federal government was taking deep interest in the development of Balochistan.

He said there prevails a negative impression about law and order situation in Balochistan though situation in big cities of Pakistan is much more deteriorated than Balochistan. And for this impression investors and donors are reluctant to come to Balochistan. He said provincial government has solid vision about Balochistan’s development and investment here. Balochistan Development conference would soon be organized in Islamabad to keep this agenda before the national and international investors. Souvenirs were also exchanged on the occasion.

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