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Prime Minister urges People of Balochistan to forget the past

Islamabad, November 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister urged the people of Balochistan to forget the past and exhorted them to look forward and work for the prosperity of Balochistan and for the well-being of the country. “We have to forgive ourselves and we have to forgive others” , said the Prime Minister.

He was addressing at the inaugural ceremony of the Gwadar Port Civic Centre, here at the coastal city.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday strongly dispelled the impression of any clash among the state institutions and said the challenges the country was facing could be addressed with unity and greater understanding.

Prime Minister Ashraf said that all state institutions were working with the sole objective of serving the nation and building a strong Pakistan.

“We will have to understand that who is interested in creating dissent and division among the institutions and who will gain from their division,” the Prime Minister said.

He said democracy had been derailed several times in the past and after numerous sacrifices it was now back on track. He, however, regretted that all this led to loss of precious time.

“Democracy is still nascent and may still have all its weaknesses and problems, but it is gaining strength. We are passing through a phase of evolution and are trying to learn from our mistakes,” the prime minister said.

He said in his first address to the National Assembly, he mentioned about his priorities that included development of Balochistan and added the four provincial entities make Pakistan strong and vibrant.

He said Balochistan being the largest province was rich with mineral wealth and natural resources and it was the land of people who were courageous and loved their culture, traditions and the country.

The Prime Minister categorically stated that no one should have an iota of doubt that Balochistan does not have any importance in national priorities. He said Balochistan was the most important province of the country.

“Even a single inch of every part of Pakistan is important and precious for us, more than even our lives,” he said.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that in the past certain things have been said and acts were done that created some misunderstandings amongst the people. However he vowed that with greater understanding all such differences would be resolved to mutual satisfaction of all.

He said at times, in television talk shows things are said without context creating a negative impression.

He said coalition government in federation and all provinces reflect the desire of the government to move forward together, by taking along all parties, factions and groups, with love and understanding, with the aim of progress.

Prime Minister Ashraf said the Co-chairperson extended an apology to the people of Balochistan for any misunderstanding or any such act of the past, that has caused any resentment, as he believes that all people of Pakistan need to move forward together, while rising above their differences.

He said it was the same vision of reconciliation as Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had and has been the focal point of all government policies.

Regarding the independent media in Pakistan, he said it was free than other media in many developed countries. He said it was also learning and growing, however, he urged it to avoid sensationalisation and show more maturity.

The Prime Minister said the judiciary was independent and working freely.

He said armed forces of the country were at the front in safeguarding the frontiers of the country and had rendered numerous sacrifices. He said it was also rendering remarkable services in provision of education and other infrastructure in remote areas of the country.

The prime minister said similarly the parliament of the country was also playing a key role in giving a positive direction to the nation and was the voice of 180 million people through its representatives.

He said the people will once again choose their new leadership at the completion of the five-year term. He said democracy was the only way to take the country forward and give it a respectable position amongst the comity of nations.

He assured the people of Balochistan that the entire nation stood with them and was with them through thick and thin. “Every Pakistani believes in seeing the province progress and develop,” he added.

The only way forward for Pakistan is to stand united and rise above the petty differences, the Prime Minister said and added “Allah Almighty has blessed us with everything and all we need now is unity and strength.”

The Prime Minister earlier inaugurated the Gwadar Civic Centre which houses offices providing one-window operation for the port facilities. The Civic Centre has been designed to facilitate people under one roof by offering utilityfacilities like electricity, gas, telephone, passport and national identity card offices, banks and private shops. The building also has 12 residential apartments for government officers. The project has a total covered area of 4,180 sqm.

He also laid the foundation stone of East Bay Expressway.

The event was also attended by Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani, Minister for Port and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri, Adviser on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology Changez Jamali, federal and provincial ministers.

The Prime Minister said Gwadar project would serve as a milestone in the progress and development of Pakistan.

He said the expressway would open up the entire area for tourism and boost commercial activities.

He congratulated all those involved for making the national project a success.

The Prime Minister announced that all funds of Balochistan in the Public Sector Development Program be released without any delay. He said work on M-8 to link the Port with the rest of the country would be taken up soon.

He declared status of Gwadar as “big city” and announced regularisation of all daily wage earners of the Ports and Shipping and merger of Gwadar Airport into the Gwadar Port Authority.

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