Balochistan to get due share in CPEC: PM

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Says true potential of Balochistan to be realised; Lauds contributions of security forces for peace, stability

Staff Reporter

Quetta

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that his government is reviewing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor agreement, promising to address Balochistan’s reservations by giving the province its due share.
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 meeting was briefed on ongoing development projects in the province. “Centre will work with Balochistan as a partner,” Khan said during the meeting. “We will not make any such promise for which we may have to excuse later on.”
He said that Pakistan’s progress was linked with development of Balochistan. Khan further said the completion of Kachhi canal would bring an agricultural revolution in Balochistan. Of the 363-km long canal starting from Taunsa Barrage at Indus River, 281 km lies in Punjab and 80 km in Balochistan.
Later while speaking in an event, the premier requested Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan to adopt the new local bodies system which is going to be introduced in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf managed to bag two-third majority in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the resources were allocated to the lowest-tier of the government.
“There have been massive development in KP villages as the basic living standards of people improved,” he said. Imran said that there is an urgent need for human development programmes in the province.
Earlier, the prime minister visited the Southern Command Headquarters in Quetta. He acknowledged and appreciated contributions of security forces towards improving peace, stability and socio-economic development of the province.
Khan 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 federal ministers, was received by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Quetta Air Base.
A detailed briefing on security situation of the province, challenges and response was given. The PM was also briefed about socio-economic development based Khushhal Balochistan programme, 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 economic future of Pakistan.
Prime Minister said the federal government was committed to the progress and prosperity of Balochistan and the welfare of its people. He said for this purpose all the resources would be fully utilized in consultation with all the stakeholders.

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