QUETTA: Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday pledged that the federal government would provide maximum resources for resolving all the long standing problems of Balochistan.
The government was cognizant of the Balochistan’s problems including shortage of electricity, gas, unemployment and assured that maximum resources would be provided for their earlier resolution.
He was addressing the provincial assembly members, flanked by Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, here during his day long visit.
“The federal government has already allocated funds amounting to Rs 8 billion for completion of Gwadar-Rato Dero and Khuzdar-Naag Highways,” he said adding that work on these projects would soon be launched and completed within a year.
Besides, he said, funds for Rs 10 billion Kalat-Chaman highway had also been arranged and work on the project would be launched soon. Referring to Gwadar-Khanjrab Highway Project, the Prime Minister said the project would cast far positive impact on economic development of Balochistan and the country at large, besides creating innumerable job opportunities for the youth.
He assured that 90 percent of revenue earned thorough the highway would be ensured to the provinces the highway passes through.
The Prime Minister said that the government was planning to overcome shortage of power by providing solar-based energy in rural and far-flung areas of the country.
“This programme on one hand redress power shortage problem for the domestic consumers, on the other it would provide sufficient power for agriculture purpose.”
The Prime Minister referred to Pakistan Youth Business Loan programme and said the programme had been designed to provide the youth with resources to establish their own small businesses.
“The programme has due share of every province as per their population,” he said, adding “each province will have its complete share which would never go to other province. The prime minister termed response of youth to the loan programme highly positive and said it would empower youth to the extent that they would emerge as backbone of national economy like in Germany where 80 percent youth contribute towards the economy.
About violence in Balochistan, the Prime Minister regretted over the loss of human lives due to terrorism and said the problem was not confined to Balochistan only rather the entire country was a victim of unabated violence.
He, however said the government was determined to eliminate terrorism and sectarianism at all cost.
Referring to violence against Hazara community in Quetta, he said that Hazara people were not alone rather the entire nation was standing with them and vowed to bust organizations active against the community.
He said Pakistan International Airlines would operate special flights for Shia pilgrims and the government was finalizing arrangements in this regard.
Earlier, leader of the opposition in Balochistan Assembly Maulana Abdul Wasey, Parliamentary Leader of PKMAP Abdul Rahim Ziaratwall, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, MPAs Abdul Karim Noshwerawni, Rahila Durrani and Agha Raza apprised the prime minister of the problems faced by the province and sought his cooperation for their earlier resolution. Those who were present on the occasion also included Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan, Inspector General Balochistan Frontier Corps Major General Shahid Aziz, Chief Secretary and Inspector General Balochistan Police.