‘The Balochistan Game’: Raisani lays blame on foreign elements

Published: March 15, 2012

Says actual law and order situation not as bad as described. PHOTO: FILE/BANARAS KHAN

QUETTA: 

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has claimed that the evil designs of international players were behind the bleak portrayal of law and order in the province. Expressing these views during a meeting with the Korean Ambassador to Pakistan Chong Joo Choi, he said the actual situation is not as terrible as being described.

Reiterating the region’s geographical importance and its natural resources, Raisani held those factors responsible for the international interest in Balochistan. “The resources belong to the people of this region and will be utilised for the prosperity and development of Balochistan and Pakistan,” he was quoted as telling the ambassador.

Referring to the Gwadar deep-sea port and the Saindak and Dudar mega projects, he stressed that environment was conducive for investment and several international investors were already engaged in the region.

Highlighting the importance of the province’s coastal belt as a gateway for trade, Raisani said: “Gwadar will become the hub of international trade after the construction of the shipbuilding and repairing yard.” He added that Korea can play a pivotal role in this sector given its expertise in shipbuilding. Proposals have already been sent to the federal government in this regard, he told the ambassador.

He also sought Korean help for the region’s transport infrastructure including the construction of roads and connecting Gwadar with a rail link. The chief minister added that Balochistan could also provide the required manpower to Korea in this regard.

Raisani also informed the envoy about his government’s formation of a separate department for the promotion of alternative energy, adding that this sector needed the Korean government’s support.

The Korean ambassador assured the chief minister that his country was keen on investing in Balochistan and accelerating its development. He added that both countries are already cooperating in different sectors.

The Korean envoy also nominated Begum Perveen Magsi as the honorary Consul General of Korea in Balochistan on the chief minister’s recommendation.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2012.

 

Reader Comments (7)

  • The True Lies
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Probably no foreign elements….but it’s the 64 year exploitation, ignoring, lack of justice and equal provincial rights. No development, jobs, education, health, industrial zones, road and infrastructure and No hopes for future and uncountable corruption…just exploitation by both central and local landlords so called democratic government and lords of power…., whatever is going on especially both in FATA KPK and Baluchistan is just for these reasons…. Since long for our every flats and failure WE blame other….. and for how long one can make the so called Nation stupid.

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  • Lahori
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:49PM

    Dear CM

    Enough please! What are you and all your powers doing? Sleeping, I am sure 100%.

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  • Dr.A.K. Tewari
    Mar 15, 2012 - 3:54PM

    Pakistan has given much attention on Kashmir for the last 64 years .instead if she would have given attention on Baluchistan and Afghanistan ,the story would have been entirely different . Now Pakistan has to reverse its policy from east to west otherwise there will be an irreversible change in the map of Pakistan in years to come .

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Please catch these culprits and present it before the media.. everyone knows there is foreign hand in this….

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  • Humayun
    Mar 16, 2012 - 9:23AM

    Oh…So the CM is back in provincial capital.

    Let the law take its due course. Stop blamming foreign factors and local tribal leaders.

    As for foreign factor, if you would present and opportunity to any foreign interest, he is bound to exploit it.

    To me solution to the Balochistan issue seems ‘Development, Development, Development’.

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  • jock
    Mar 16, 2012 - 9:50AM

    Oh! and all this time I thought it was his incompetence!!

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  • Khan Jr
    Mar 16, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Ah…as always the dreaded foreign hand!

    Are we to believe that the torture, kill and dumps activities, the sanctioned new death squad, (Tehreek-e-Nefaz-e-Aman Balochistan) and the reported free hand being given to bands of sectarian, drug mafia and criminal gangs to intimidate, forcefully evict, kill or kidnap local people for ransom are all the doings of foreign agencies (CIA, Mossad, RAW, MI6 and KGB, etc)?

    If that is the case then Mr Raisani better get off cruising on his Harley Davidson motorbike and get busy with work. And yes, all that he kept repeatedly telling us about a parallel government controlling the affairs of his province must have been a heap of nonsense.

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