Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik has said that no MPAs are involved in kidnapping for ransom or other heinous crimes.
Speaking at the provincial assembly here on Wednesday, he expressed his resolve to tackle the province’s security situation and crack down on corruption.
Illustrating the change his government has brought about, Dr Malik told the assembly that the Sariab locality of Quetta, which until last year was a ‘no-go area’, is now much safer.
He said he calls a law and order meeting every third day. “For the first time in Balochistan, we are monitoring the deputy commissioners (DC) and assistant commissioners (AC). We suspended a DC and two ACs who were absent from their duties,” the CM pointed out.
He claimed that he will cut down on bribery and corruption, and form a committee to this effect.
Opposition leader Maulana Abdul Wasey struck a divergent note in his brief remarks. He said the law and order situation is getting worse by the day in the province. He condemned the recent terror hits in Quetta and speculated that all this could be a deliberate attempt to disrupt order.
“The law enforcing agencies have adopted new methods for raids. Most of the time they raid without orders from a magistrate,” complained Maulana Wasey, adding that such tactics are harmful to the province and must be stopped.
Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimin MPA Syed Muhammad Raza also condemned the recent target killings on Masjid Road and Khudaidad Road. He said the government should prevent such terror activities for happening in the future.
“It has become a trend in our area that people get picked up, dumped and killed. Our security agencies blame banned outfits for these acts, which is untrue and gives a wrong message,” Asim Kurd said.
ANP MPA Engineer Zamrak Khan said the Frontier Corps (FC) has picked up an 80-year-old man from Qilla Abdullah. He urged the CM to get the elderly man recovered quickly.
PMAP’s Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal said that bureaucracy has to work under the elected government.
Newly elected MPA Dastagir Badini was administrated oath by Speaker Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.