Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani warned that Balochistan will break from Pakistan not because of a handful of extremists fighting the State but due to the apathy of policy makers sitting in Islamabad who had been fueling hatred by not implementing decisions made by President and Prime Minister on the development of Balochistan.
The Chief Minister, while discussing the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-Balochistan package with Federal Minister Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, said “the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package has become Kagaz, paper, Huqooq-i-Balochistan since it is not being implemented in its letter and spirit.” He added that “the bureaucrats in Islamabad are fueling the hatred by not paying any heed to the announcements and promises made by the President and the Prime Minister for the development of Balochistan.”
Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir, Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, Federal Secretary Finance, Federal Secretary Communications, Federal Secretary Planning Commission and Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) were also present on the occasion.
Raisani who has been criticising the federal government of late, blamed policy makers for deliberately ignoring crucial projects of Balochistan and not releasing the funds on time.
“President inaugurated the Vindar Dam but funds for its construction are yet to be released. Similarly, Gwadar was declared a “Duty Free Zone” but a notification in this connection has so far not been issued,” Chief Minister told the Federal Minister. “Though I belong to the ruling PPP, but first I am Balochi and I have to face my people if the announcements and promises are not fulfilled,” he lamented.
“How we will we convince the people to vote for the PPP in the next general elections if the pressing issues were ignored.”
He said the Federal Government is not paying the required attention to resolve problems of the province that the people were expecting of them.
The Chief Minister demanded of the President and Prime Minister to take notice that why the concerned officials were not implementing their announcements/orders.
Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir admitted that the Federal Government has not released the funds for the construction of highways in Balochistan.
However, Federal Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh assured the Chief Minister that the Federal Government will make its utmost efforts to release maximum funds for Balochistan. “The government will release funds for construction of highways by June 2012,” the Chief Minister was told.
The meeting also decided to priorities some important projects of national highways in Balochistan. An informal committee comprising Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary and Chairman NHA was constituted to look into the projects.
Chief Minister said that merely 5,000 people were recruited under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package and ironically provincial government was asked to regularise these employees and pay their salaries from the provincial exchequer. The Federal Government promised that it will bear the expenses and pay the salaries when package was announced, the Chief Minister complained.