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‘People behind illegal land allotment are criminals’

* Balochistan CM says protection of province’s resources is their responsibility


QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Thursday said that elements involved in illegal distribution and allotment of land in Gwadar were national criminals.
“Protection of coast and resources of Balochistan is our national responsibility,” he expressed these views while addressing land ownership right distribution among 797 people in Ismail Ward stretching over 331 acres in Gwadar.
The CM said that the National Party (NP) would fulfil its promises and commitments made with the people in its manifesto. 
“Elements behind the shameful distribution of land and allotments in Gwadar are national criminals. Some people in Gwadar have even got allotted lands of roads but the government would unmask them,” Baloch added. Referring to illegal fishing in Gwadar, he said that they were facing difficulties because of illegal trawlers but the government was committed to taking steps against them. “The government will not allow anyone at any cost to play with the life and economy of fishermen,” he resolved. The CM said that in order to ensure smooth supply of drinking water to Gwadar, the Sord dam had been completed and the government would provide Rs 500 million for the provision of water to citizens. “Rs 1 billion have been allocated for construction of Shadi Kor dam and dragging work of Pasni fish harbour which was pending for last many years. This would be started soon and residential schemes would be initiated for the people of Gwadar in all tehsils,” he said.
Expressing reservations over sea erosion in Peshkan and Jiwani, he said the provincial government was devising a strategy in this connection so that the dwellers nearby coast could be saved from the possible damage. The CM said that a girls’ college would be established in Gwadar, adding that the government through a proper strategy and vision was making efforts to provide facilities to the people. “Our vision is clear and we believe in practical work not in mere slogans,” he added. Dr Baloch asked teachers, doctors and other government servants to discharge their duties with utmost commitment. He announced that people with low income in Gwadar, Jiwani, Pasni and Ormara would be given houses at easy instalments. He also announced Rs 1 million grant for the Gwadar Municipal Committee.

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