ISLAMABAD: In view of the upcoming Senate elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday decided to take matters pertaining to the Balochistan government in his own hands, sources told The Express Tribune.
Ahead of the premier’s departure to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, he chaired a meeting to discuss issues related to the province at the PM House.
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The meeting handout stated that matters associated with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Balochistan would be discussed.
Leadership in Balochistan had reportedly complained that issues pertaining to their constituencies were not being addressed by the current regime in the province.
PML-N has the highest majority of seats in Balochistan and, according to sources, PM Nawaz has taken control of all party issues to satisfy the reservations of all parties.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch alongside other officials and ministers were in attendance of the meeting.
The premier, on Thursday, was apprised on the situation in the province by PML-N’s Balochistan president , Sardar Sanaullah Zehri.
Sources have also said that Zehri handed over a long list of development projects for PML-N’s lawmakers to the PM and requested him to direct Balochistan's CM to implement them immediately.
According to an official statement about today’s meeting, the prime minister asked the provincial government to ensure proper governance within the province.
PM Nawaz had also informed that the federal government is providing increased funds for the development of the province with particular focus on the development of infrastructure.
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He had earlier said that Balochistan is an important part of the country and both provincial and federal governments should work in coordination for the optimum utilisation of the mineral resources in the province, adding that the development of the Gawadar Port along with the construction of the Pak-China Economic Corridor which would bring prosperity for the people of Balochistan.
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Balochistan Assembly will be electing 12 Senators on March 3.
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