CM kicks off four-day Sibi Festival

Kamal vows to protect rights of people related to livestock, agriculture sectors


Mohammad Zafar February 25, 2019
PHOTO: EXPRESS

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said the Sibi Festival provides better opportunities to the people of the livestock and agriculture sectors for expanding their business.

“The Sibi Festival has remained the source of connection between the provincial governments and the masses. It holds such a high significance because Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah also used to attend the event,” said the chief minister while addressing the four-day annual Sibi Festival on Sunday. CM Kamal inaugurated the event.

Provincial ministers Naseebullah Mari, Zamrak Khan Achazai, Muhammad Khan Lehri, Abdul Khaliq Hazara; parliamentary secretary Sikandar Ali Umrani, CM’s Coordinator Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, IG Frontier Corps North Syed Ejaz Husain Shah, and civil and military leadership were also present.

Four-day ‘historic’ Sibi Festival to start today

“The annual gathering allows farmers from across the country to learn from each other’s experiences,” said CM Kamal. “Development of agriculture and livestock is part of the provincial government’s priorities and we will make sure both the sectors flourish and rights of the people attached to these fields are protected.”

On the law and order situation, the CM said, “Development in any region is attached to peace; therefore, the provincial government is paying more attention towards maintaining the law and order situation. He lauded the sacrifices rendered by security forces in restoring peace in the province.

Kamal said, “The incumbent government has set a direction for provincial development in five months. Education, health and law and order remain our key subjects.”

About devolution of powers, the CM said the provincial government had been working to set a policy where people could obtain all facilities in their native districts.

However, he lamented the previous governments for not paying attention to the policies which were in better interest of the public.

“Balochistan is home to all of us. Without harmony we can’t perish our enemies’ vicious attempts to stop provincial development,” said Kamal, adding that the development of Balochistan was a collective responsibility.

CM to inaugurate Sibi festival tomorrow

Separately, the CM also inaugurated a women and children ward at District Headquarters Hospital, Sibi and termed the new ward an important facility for people of the city.

Talking to media, he said, “Unfortunately, Balochistan has been facing increasing challenges regarding deaths of expecting mothers and their newborn children. The provincial government has been taking steps to provide proper healthcare facilities.”

He urged gynecologists and lady doctors to step up their efforts in overcoming the challenge.

The new ward has been completed at a cost of Rs5 million, he said, adding that children operation theatre, nursery, women operation theatre, laboratory and medical store were also being established.

“The government has started appointment of doctors on contract basis, which has been yielding positive result in the province particularly in the remote areas,” said Kamal.

He urged the doctors to perform their duties with honesty and ensure their attendance at hospitals.

The CM also visited various departments of the hospital and met with lady doctors. After hearing their complaints, Kamal assured of addressing their woes on immediate basis.

Further, Kamal also established the new riding club in Sibi constructed under the CM District Development Programme.

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