NFC award: Govt to pitch strong case of Balochistan, says Buledi

Information minister vows to protect provincial rights

Mohammad Zafar January 29, 2019

QUETTA: Minister for Information and Higher Education Zahoor Ahmed Buledi has said the provincial government is ready to present a strong case of Balochistan in deliberations on the next National Finance Commission (NFC) award.

“The coalition government is united under the leadership of Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and addressing all public issues, including health, education and water, on a priority basis,” Buledi said while talking to a private news channel on Monday. He vowed that provincial rights would be defended at any cost.

He also said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would end the sense of deprivation among the people of Balochistan.

Buledi said, “The incumbent government has reviewed CPEC and we will make public all details of the corridor project to remove all ambiguities.”

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Taking a jibe at the previous government, the minister said that unfortunately past rulers “destroyed” all departments. He alleged that the “so-called nationalists” betrayed innocent people of Balochistan and looted public money blatantly.

“All preparations for the next NFC award have been completed and we won’t let anyone to again commit injustice with the people of Balochistan,” said Buledi.
The minister said that he is fully aware of the issues faced by the media employees. He added that the government is serious in addressing such issues. However, “the mainstream media avoids giving coverage to Balochistan,” he claimed.

He highlighted that the provincial government’s initiatives of tax reforms and Balochistan Bank would be launched soon.

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