Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects are being reviewed to safeguard rights of people of all provinces.
Chairing a provincial cabinet meeting in Quetta on Saturday, he vowed that Balochistan would be paid more than its due share in CPEC projects. Khan said he will remain in constant contact with the chief minister, provincial leadership and other stakeholders to ensure Balochistan’s share in the country’s progress and prosperity.
The premier said the progress of the country is linked with development of Balochistan. The federal government will extend all possible cooperation to Balochistan to overcome its financial crisis and eliminate poverty.
Khan said a comprehensive strategy would be worked out for an early progress of Balochistan in the light of proposals to be submitted by the provincial government.
The prime minister urged the members of provincial assembly for effective legislation to resolve problems of the people. He also stressed the need of taking measures on priority basis to meet the water scarcity in Quetta.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, and Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haq and Special Assistant on Media Iftikhar Durrani were also in attendance.
Earlier, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal welcomed the prime minister and expressed gratitude to him on taking special interest in situation of Balochistan. The provincial chief secretary briefed the premier on socio-economic development projects in the province.
‘True potential of Balochistan to be realised through comprehensive national effort’
Prime Minister Imran, while visiting the headquarters of Southern Command at Quetta Cantt, said that through a comprehensive national effort, cooperation between federal and provincial governments and assistance of the armed forces, true potential of Balochistan would be realised.
The premier, who was accompanied by Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and lead federal ministers, was received by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Quetta Air Base, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
A detailed briefing on security situation of the province, challenges and response was given. The PM was also briefed about socio-economic development based Khushal Balochistan program, security of CPEC projects and progress of fencing along Pak-Afghan border
The COAS said that having achieved stability in troubled areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, lately the focus of the armed forces has been on Balochistan, which is the economic future of Pakistan.
PM Khan acknowledged and appreciated contributions of security forces towards improving peace, stability and socio-economic development of the province. “Only a cohesive national effort shall In Shaa Allah take provinces and the country to the rightful destination of peace, progress and prosperity,” he added.
Later, addressing tribal elders, former judges, lawyers and members of the civil society in the provincial capital, the premier said the federal government will ensure that peace and prosperity returns to Balochistan.
PM Imran said that poverty and economic backwardness could be alleviated through the utilisation of natural resources. “The province is rich in natural resources,” he said.
“The federal government will assist chief minister Balochistan for the uplift of the people.” The premier also said that a system of local bodies will be initiated in the province. He reiterated that Pakistan is under debt because of corruption, adding that corrupt practices must be eliminated if development is to be achieved.
The premier will also chair a meeting on the development projects of Balochistan and meet members of the provincial cabinet. He would also meet parliamentarians and representatives of the civil society.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Hussain, Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, provincial political leadership, and special assistants to PM on media and political affairs are also accompanying the prime minister during his visit.