Islamabad, July 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf while addressing a meeting held under his chairmanship on Balochistan here today said that Balochistan was his top priority and therefore had invited the Baloch leadership for dialogue to address their all grievances within the framework of federation.
The Prime Minister directed the Law Minister to hold a meeting tomorrow exclusively on missing persons which would be attended by Secretary Defence, Secretary Interior, Secretary Law, Chief Secretary Balochistan, I.G. F.C., D.G. I.B., Head of ISI in Balochistan and I.G. Police Balochistan.
The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Finance and Planning Commission to prioritize the projects in Balochistan having direct bearings on the people of the Province. In this regard, the Prime Minister said that road from Gawadar to Rato Dero, Kacchi Canal, RCD Highway, Solar Tube Well etc., should be given due consideration.
Following is the text of opening statement of the Prime Minister:-
Gentlemen, today’s meeting has been called to deliberate upon Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, its development issues and Law and Order situation in Balochistan.
Let me categorically declare that Balochistan issue is on my priority list and I have invited disgruntled Baloch leaders to start dialogue with the Government to resolve the crisis at the earliest.
Bringing stability and prosperity in Balochistan would be the top priority of my Government.
You all know that Balochistan is an important part of the country and because of its strategic location the maintenance of peace here is of utmost importance.
The Federal Government is fully aware of the past excesses made to the people and the Province which caused a serious sense of deprivation.
The Pakistan Peoples Party has been taking into account seriously the factors resulting in discontentment of the people of Balochistan and continuing unrest here, since assumption of power.
The Government introduced Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package in 2009, in which 61 reforms proposals, in the categories of Constitutional, Administrative, Political and Economic matters.
A Cabinet Committee under the chairmanship of Senator Mian Raza Rabbani was also constituted to analyze the needs of the Balochistan Province and to very minutely review the situation and firm up its recommendations for reduction in the sense of alienation and deprivation.
The present Government besides moving towards the solution of the issues/meeting the demands, has tendered an unconditional apology to the people of Balochistan.
The self styled independence of Federal Agencies is being checked and it will be ensured that the Federal Agencies should not act independently in connection with law and order issue but they should provide assistance to the Provincial Government in aid to civil power as and when required.
Particularly the financing of mega projects of Gwadar Ratu Dero Road (M-8), Kachhi Canal, Gawadar Deep sea port are accorded top priorities.
The Federal Government has committed 6000 scholarships for the youth of the province for higher studies within the country and abroad.
The Federal Government is especially focusing on establishment of vocational and technical centers at the Provincial and Divisional Headquarters of the Province.
The Federal Government has committed an amount of 1 billion for the rehabilitation of IDPs of District Dera Bugti.
Although the politically motivated activities are quite serious but the graph of conventional crimes in Balochistan is also on rise.
The Federal Government has sanctioned 3000 posts of Federal Levies for maintenance of law and order duties and Highway security in Balochistan.
The Federal Government is also committed to provide funds to the tune of 2 billion for the purchase of arms ammunition, communication equipments and required transport for the police and levies of the Province.
Balochistan should speed up its efforts for protecting the high ways, key installations particularly Gas and Electricity so that the pace of development is properly maintained. The menace of kidnapping for ransom also needs to be curbed with iron hand.
The Government withdrew many cases of political workers not involved in heinous crimes. A number of missing persons were reunited with their families.
Withdrawal of Army and deployment of Frontier Constabulary brought tangible results. FC was directed to seek guidance/instructions from the Chief Minister, Balochistan on the issues of internal security of the Province.
It is quite sad to note that the Balochistan remained on low priority in the past, therefore, its progress remain very slow.
I am sure we shall soon see the Province of Balochistan on the road of stability and prosperity.
I am sure that with the collective wisdom of all present here solution to all the problems being faced by the people of Balochistan will be found out.
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