India’s war crazes damaging peace in region: Ahsan Iqbal

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Khuzdar—Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said neighboring country India’s war crazed and attitude of extremism have posed threats to peace of the region.
He said that after complete implementation of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), Balochistan would become gateway of development. He was addressing a ceremony at Khuzdar University, here. He said: ‘After the launching of CPEC and other mega projects, some countries started hatching conspiracies to damage peace in Balochistan in order to destabilize Pakistan,’ adding that but nefarious designs of the enemies would be foiled at any cost.
He said that Indian government has been running policies to trigger war like situation in the region which would pose threat to peace of the region. ‘Indian government should keep in view that its policies of extremism would damage the peace of the region,’ he said. ‘Some countries are not tolerating Pakistan’s journey to development,’ he added. He said that Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif-led government has been paying special attention towards mega development projects in Balochistan. ‘The federal government has also been extending special financial cooperation to universities of Balochistan in order to promote higher education,’ he said.
He said that Rs 800 million were being spent on execution of different projects for universities in Balochistan including for Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology.
‘Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif himself will inaugurate completed projects at universities in Balochistan,’ he said. MNA, Maulana Qamar-Ud-Din, Provincial Minister, Sardar Aslam Bezinjo and Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Muhammad Ameen were also present.
Meanwhile, terming development of Balochistan as top priority of the government, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday that the US$ 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would change the fate of Balochistan province.
‘The energy had been given preference in the projects being completed under the CPEC initiative,’ he made these remarks while addressing students and faculty members at Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar.
Out of US$ 35 billion energy projects, Sindh province would get US$ 11 billion while Balochistan would get energy projects worth US$ 9 billion, he added.
He informed the audience that a record funds were allocated for the universities in Balochistan. Ahsan Iqbal said, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology would be made number one university in the province.
While laying foundation stone of development project worth Rs 800 million, he said, new administrative bloc, academic bloc, hostel and laboratories would be constructed.
He said, those who wanted to make CPEC controversial were not in favour of progress and well-being of Baloch people.
The Minister said, Gwadar to Quetta and Gwadar to Khuzdar roads would be completed by December 2016, adding the under- developed areas of Balochistan would be connected with the country after completion of these highways.
Ahsan Iqbal said, the country had been put on the path of development and ‘We can make Pakistan an Asian Tiger through peace, solidarity and hard work.’ He said, no one could snatch hope, spirit and determination from Pakistani nation.
The Minister said, the Vision 2025 was a project to convert the country into knowledge based economy, adding, ‘We are determined to convert our universities into innovation factories.’
He said, Balochistan was ignored in the past but now funds were being released on priority for project being carried out in Balochistan. The PML-N government under able leadership of Sardar Sanaullah Zehri was making new records of service of masses, he added.
Pakistan’s economy was in take-off position and nobody would be allowed to prevent it, he said. Ahsan Iqbal said, the country would be make self-sufficient in energy production by the year 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, Voice Chancellor Brig. Muhammad Amin said, the development package of Rs 800 million was biggest in the history of the university which was set up in 1994.
Besides provincial ministers Sardar Aslam Mengal, Maulana Qamaruddin MNA and local elders, a large number of students warmly welcomed the minister.—APP