PM announces Rs20b package for Balochistan

QUETTA – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday announced a 10-year uplift package worth Rs20 billion for development of Balochistan aimed at elevating the province at par with the other developed areas of the country.

The premier arrived in Quetta for one day visit where he presided over a meeting to review the law and order situation and uplift projects related to CPEC and other ongoing schemes.

PM Abbasi also held meetings with Balochistan Governor, CM and provincial cabinet members at Governor House.

Talking to media persons at Governor House after chairing the meeting, the prime minister reiterated that he had visited Balochistan on the invitation of Balochistan CM to review the ongoing development projects, law and order situation and underway uplift schemes in the province.
Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt-Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, State Minister for Science and Technology Mir Dostain Khan Domki, National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua and provincial ministers were also present.

Worst traffic jam was witnessed in Quetta on arrival of the prime minister as key roads adjacent to Governor House were closed for traffic while educational institutes situated at Zarghoon Road were also closed due to VIP moments.

Abbasi hoped that the 10 years uplift package for Balochistan would help elevate the living standards of people in the province as per other developed areas of the country.

He was of the view that, apart from CPEC related projects, the ongoing schemes inaugurated for stipulation of fundamental life amenities to people would guarantee a bright and prosperous future for Balochistan .

The substantial amount of Rs20 billion – earmarked for the 10-year uplift package – would be spent on installing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants in each district headquarters of the province, on provision of potable water, quality education, healthcare services and other vital life amenities, said the PM.

Replying to a query, the prime minister said that the PML-N regime would complete its constitutional tenure and electoral process would commence in June as per constitution.

Abbasi asserted that all institutions of the country were dicharging their due responsibilities in accordance with law and urged that democratic process should continue.

The PML-N prioritized development of Balochistan and was ready to offer all out support for its uplift, durable peace and provision of basic facilities for the people, he added.

Prime Minister Abbasi – backing the CM,– assured that the federal government would extend every possible cooperation for the prosperity and development of the province.

The prime minister directed the provincial government to delineate future planning in this regard and dispatch it to the federal government and these projects would be incorporated in the federal PSDP.

Abbasi held a meeting with the members of provincial cabinet at Governor House where Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri floated the proposal of outlining 10-year uplift package worth Rs20 billion for development of various sectors including education, health, gas, electricity, agriculture and irrigation of the province.

The prime minister agreed with the proposal and said it was decided that the federal and as well as provincial governments would jointly provide funds for the project.

Abbasi reiterated that the federal government would continue its cooperation for developing Balochistan .

Balochistan was the backward unit of country, no doubt, admitted the Premier in cabinet meeting, and said the new 10-year uplift package would certainly create development balance among all provinces.

The sense of deprivation of the province could be ended by this, he added.

PM after holding meetings in Quetta left for Islamabad. Agencies