US announces $10 million development fund for Balochistan

Published: January 11, 2012

Martin announced the multi-million dollar aid on behalf of the US government, while visiting a girl’s primary school in Duregi.

QUETTA: United States Consul General William Martin announced $10 million in aid on Wednesday for rehabilitation and provision of educational and health facilities in the Duregi area of Lasbela district in Balochistan.

Martin announced the multi-million dollar aid package on behalf of the US government, while visiting a girl’s primary school in Duregi.

“I am pleased to announce $10 million aid on the behalf of United States for the rehabilitation and provision of providing facilities to schools. I will also propose development projects for the area, specifically in the water sector.”

The US Consul General also visited the newly constructed dams for irrigation and was briefed by irrigation officials about how they were benefiting the people. Martin appreciated the initiatives taken to improve the education sector in Duregi, particularly for girls, as well as steps taken to overcome the problems pertaining to drinking water.

US officials were visiting the area on an invitation from Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Aslam Bhootani. Officials comprised of political officers and US aid representatives.

Bhootani lauded the keen interest shown by the US Consul General and appreciated his announcement.

Reader Comments (11)

  • A Ali
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Will it reach to the Balochistani. I have a doubt.

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  • Qazi
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:48PM

    hope they dont send undercover agents to the balochistan to support the insurgency there. They really want Baloch to part away from the country so they can support ISAF through Gawadar without any thing from the country.

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  • Amjad
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:59PM

    @Qazi: But the West is leaving soon so Pakistan will have to clean up the mess in Afghanistan like when the Soviets were kicked out with Pakistani help.

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  • Baloch
    Jan 12, 2012 - 3:25AM

    I really hope this does some good work in Balochistan.

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  • Cautious
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:50AM

    Kudos to the American’s – Balochistan needs help and hopefully the American’s will make sure that money gets spent as it was intended.
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    @Amjad. I am sure the Afghanis would prefer you mind your own business and focus on cleaning up your own mess.

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  • Junaid
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:12AM

    Americans, Indians, and Israelis better stay away from Balochistan. Pakistan should hold Balochistan like a lion holds its meat, and attack anyone who tries to get a piece of the meat.

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  • Mia Khan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:59PM

    After the recent revelations of how the usa funded a certain religious party, please people usa CAN NOT BE TRUSTED they will go to Baluchistan and stir up more racial divide and divide pakistan…

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  • Tahir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:59PM

    The US will not leave even a single opportunity to discredit the Govt of Pakistan. While US concern is appreciated, the timings and mode of assistance say it all.

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  • Super pak
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:57PM

    I thought it was the job of the pakistani government to invest in provinces not foreign govts

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  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 13, 2012 - 10:27AM

    @Cautious:
    How ironic is that you are telling us to mind our business while you yourself are appreciating american “assistance” to Balochistan which is clearly a part of Pakistan.

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  • saeed ahmad
    Jan 13, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Dear USA,
    Please stay away from Balochistan.. Please.
    We know what US funding for Balochistan means…!

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