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PM for quick execution of development projects in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, May 02 (DNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says solution to Balochistan’s problems lies in quick execution of development projects.He was addressing a meeting on law and order situation and various development projects at Governor House Quetta on Monday.

Chief Secretary Balochistan Mr Saifullah Chattha gave a detailed briefing to the participants of the meeting stating that Balochistan was confronted with multiple challenges including terrorism, sectarian and target killing and kidnapping for ransom. Security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gawadar and implementation of National Action Plan were amongst other challenges, added the Chief Secretary.

The meeting was briefed that the unwavering political will and effective coordination between Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies have resulted into elimination of high profile terrorists.

Bomb Blast incidents dropped from 483 in 2013 to 27 in 2016 while incidents of Rocket Firing dropped from 372 to mere 5 for the same period. Incidents of 90 Highway Robberies occurred in 2013 which fell to 9 in the year 2016 while incidents of kidnapping for ransom dropped from 49 to 8 for the same period.

PM was briefed that 3 new medical colleges commenced, BolanMedicalCollege upgraded into MedicalUniversity, Agriculture College Quetta into AgricultureUniversity, creation of two sub campuses of University of Balochistan, 2 new residential colleges at Kharan and Sibi and creation of 141 new primary schools were possible during the present government. 105 small dams, 659 water supply schemes, 3451 KM roads, two new 50 bed hospitals at Gawadar and Sui were built along with creation of 21,000 jobs.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the province of Balochistan was long neglected by the centre and even the provincial governments of the province. The solution of Balochistan’s problems lies in quick execution of development projects. “It is time to do what could not be done in the past.

The federal government will ensure provision of the required assistance and help so that issues of Balochistan are adequately resolved. We are further increasing the allocation of funds to the province for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that Balochistan and its people will be the biggest beneficiary from projects like Gawadar and CPEC. These two projects alone have the future potential to change the destinies of millions of people in the country and region, emphasised the Prime Minister.

Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Governor Balochistan, Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri, CM Balochistan, Lt Gen ® Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for SAFRON, Ms Saira Afzal Tarar, MOS for National Health Services, Lt Gen ® Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Advisor and members of the Provincial Cabinet were present during the meeting. DNA

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