PM’s resolve to develop Balochistan

SPEAKING at the inaugural ceremony of 448-km newly built Hoshab-Panjgur-Sorab road in Turbat on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to develop Balochistan at par with other parts of the country. He expressed confidence that completion of this vital project would create enormous economic and commercial activities and help overcome challenges of poverty, backwardness, ignorance and unemployment in Pakistan and entire region.
There can be no two opinions that genuine developmental work was being undertaken in Balochistan, which would surely accelerate pace of socio-economic activities in the largest province of the country. The province is rich in natural resources and has a strategic importance as well but unfortunately it remained neglected for decades and the country has paid a heavy price for this woeful attitude. The enemy exploited disgruntled elements to its own advantage and it is yet again trying to mislead people of the province. However, thanks to the monumental developmental process unleashed under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), there is now a greater confidence among people of Balochistan about their bright future as the province and especially its Gwadar Port is going to become hub of regional trade. But much depends on the pace of completion of projects relating to Gwadar and its connectivity through rail, road and air with rest of the country and safer sea-lanes with other regions. Federal Government is playing its part but it is hoped that the provincial Government too would mobilise its own resources for development of all regions of Balochistan. There is dire need to set up quality colleges and universities in different parts of the province and provision of adequate scholarships to students to ensure that benefits reach each and every segment of the population. Similarly, it is for the provincial government to draw up plans and implement them as well for a network of roads as increased mobility means accelerated pace of socio-economic uplift. Security forces have carried out tremendous work to check lawlessness, terrorism, illegal movement of people across border and smuggling but the gains need to be consolidated through visionary and focused policies.

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