According to Baaghi TV Speaker of National Assembly said that the development of Balochistan and the solution of its problems is amongst the foremost priorities of the government. The Parliament is the best forum for the solution of the socioeconomic problems of Balochistan. The current government is committed to solving Balochistan’s problems and the development of Balochistan is the development of Pakistan.
He expressed these views on Saturday in Parliament while presiding over the first meeting of the National Assembly’s specially formulated committee for Balochistan.
Asad Qaiser said that the starting of the CPEC in Gilgit-Baltistan and ending in Balochistan further increases the importance of the province therefore this committee needs to work to bring the real benefits of the CPEC to the notice of the public. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s issuance of an executive order to ensure his allocation of a 6% quota for Balochistan in government departments, shows his deep interest in solving Balochistan’s problems. The world over, in the parliamentary system, parliamentary committees play the recommendation role. He said that the parliamentary committee pertaining to Balochistan will try its best to draw up concise recommendations for the solution of the province’s problems.
The speaker formed a four-member sub-committee to headed by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza, in order to draw up the TORs (Terms of Reference) that keep all the points related to Balochistan in view. In the meeting it was also decided that the sub-committee for developing the TORs should refer for support to the Minister of Defence Parwaiz Khattak and members of the Balochistan National Party (BNP).
While expressing his views on the occasion the Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri supported the formation of the special committee on Balochistan. He said that the government is working towards creating peace in the province and its development. The Minister for Inter-Provincial Ccordiantion Dr Fehmida Mirza said that solving the problems of Balochistan has always remained the foremost priority of all members of parliament. She said appropriate TORs are necessary for rendering this committee effective. Minister of Defence Parwaiz Khattak said while addressing the committee that the current government has taken several steps to solve Balochistan’s problems and in the future also will continue to take measures for the building and development of the province and the solving of its problems.
MNA Agha Hasan Baloch who was representing BNP Leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal, said that the situation of Balochistan has been greatly complicated since 2006 which immediately needs to be fixed. He recommended studying the recommendations given by the parliamentary committee formed under Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain after a meeting with the late Nawab Akbar Bugti. In reference to missing persons especially Baloch missing persons, he recommended meeting their families and listening to their complaints.
The various members of the committee that include Nawab Aslam Bhotani, Engineer Sabir Hussain Qaimkhani and Ehsanullah Reki pressed on the need for the parliament to work towards the betterment of Balochistan. They said that no doubt the CPEC is game-changer for Pakistan in general and Balochistan in particular but the government needs to work for addressing the issues of the province. They expressed their confidence that the committee headed by Asad Qaiser will do its best on the task assigned.
In the committee meeting were present Qasim Khan Suri, federal ministers, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Parwaiz Khattakk, and also MNAs including Engineer Sabir Hussain Qaimkhani, Ehsanullah Reki, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Bhotani whereas Agha Hasan Baloch and Malik Amir Dogar attended the session by special invitation.
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