Zardari vows to pacify disgruntled Baloch
* President directs Balochistan govt to form parliamentary committee for talks with dissatisfied people
* Says government will resolve Balochistan’s problems on priority
QUETTA: President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Balochistan government to form a parliamentary committee to hold talks with the disgruntled elements in the province.
Presiding over a briefing on law and order in the province, he stressed the need for expediting the reconciliation process so that the disgruntled people could be brought into the mainstream and play a proactive role in the province’s development and progress.
Zardari assured the meeting the federal government would ensure the provision of funds for strengthening and capacity-building of the law enforcement agencies of the province.
He also directed the formation of a parliamentary committee to repatriate the emigrants from the province who moved away because of law and order problems.
President Asif Ali Zardari assured Balochistan that its share in the revenue generated through the exploitation of natural resources would be increased and ordered the formation of a federal parliamentary committee to look into the matter and submit recommendations.
He recommended construction of delay-action dams and application of latest agricultural techniques to improve performance of agriculture sector in the province. He assured full technical and financial support by the federal government in this regard.
Earlier, President Zardari was briefed on a proposal to construct eight new dams in the province to irrigate about 0.5 million acres of land.
The president was also briefed on law and order, Gwadar port and exploration of oil and gas in the province. The meeting also reviewed arrangements for security of oil and gas installations and workers of the foreign companies engaged in exploration of mineral resources in the province.
Addressing the provincial cabinet later, Zardari said the government would resolve problems of Balochistan on priority basis to bring progress and prosperity to the province.
The president said that the federal government would implement the recommendations by the cabinet members for improving law and order and initiating development projects in Balochistan.
Addressing the PPP leaders, workers and supporters at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, President Zardari said the government would take sincere steps for giving the people of Balochistan their rights, leaving no need for some of them to resort to violence.
“No one knows better than PPP the problems and issues of Balochistan and we have resolved them to a great extent,” he said. agencies