QUETTA: Taking nationalist parties to task for neglecting the people of Balochistan, Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has accused the former head of the provincial government and his associates of utilising Rs680 billion of the Rs880 billion Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) funds for their own benefit.
“Abdul Malik Baloch, Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Hasil Bizenjo spent only Rs200 billion from the total amount for the welfare of the people,” said the chief minister while addressing the first council session of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) at Balochistan Boy Scouts on Tuesday.
Baloch is former chief minister, Achakzai is chief of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party and Hasil Bizenjo is the federal minister for ports and shipping.
Referring to the trio, CM Bizenjo said, “They utlilised their utmost efforts for personal interests rather than for the development of Balochsitan. They remained busy in minting money for their family members.”
The CM said, “An analysis conducted on the utilisation of the PSDP funds during the last couple of years revealed that only Rs200 billion has been spent on developmental projects from the total amount of Rs880 billion.”
Lambasting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for caring for only a few people, the Balochistan CM said, “Sharif has his eyes fixed on the development of only Punjab, ignoring smaller provinces and because of people like Sharif, the people of Balochistan and other cities have become anti-Punjab.”
On controversy over Sharif’s recent statement regarding 2008 Mumbai attacks, Bizenjo said, “Today everyone even the children are against Sharif for his statement against Pakistan.”
On Senate elections, Bizenjo said, “Due to our successful efforts and earnest political will, we succeeded in getting the Senate chairman and six senators elected from Balochistan.”
He said we had worked with mainstream political parties for achieving the Senate’s top slot, “it is unfortunate that none of the nationalist parties were standing by us”.
“From now on, no one from Bani Gala, Jati Umrah or Larkana can dictate us because BAP has emerged to lead the people of Balochistan,” said Bizenjo, adding that MPA Manzoor Kakar, who had left PkMAP during the Senate election, was being threatened by the party because its members follow narrow-minded politics and seek to impose their narrow thoughts on the people of Balochistan.
On Pakistan Tahafuz Movement’s countrywide protests, Bizenjo said, “A nationalist political party is now following Manzoor Pashteen for its political interests and I want to advise Pashteen to keep away from such elements.”
He said that the development of Balochistan was the top priority as “Pakistan’s future relies on Balochistan”.