QUETTA: Opposing notions of any technocratic government in Pakistan, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that Pakistan has to be turned into a welfare state and democratic process needs to be strengthened if the welfare of masses is desired.
Speaking at various occasions of flag hoisting in Balochistan at the Governor’s House, provincial assembly and inaugural ceremony of the Ziarat Residency after its renovation on the Independence Day (Thursday), he said that if democracy was derailed, its negative consequence will hold the country hostage for long. He said that military and civil leadership are on the same page for the progress and prosperity of Balochistan.
The chief minister said that today is the day of self-accountability and we all have to learn from our past mistakes, adding that if we glance at the performance of our 67 years, it seems to be a frustrating one.
“Despite lapse of 67 years, the masses are deprived of the basic facilities of health and education,” he said and added that one of the reasons for this are also the long spells of dictatorships in the country that have inflicted irreparable losses on the country.
He said that the restoration of democracy in the country is a result of colossal sacrifices and some forces want to derail democracy by painting non-issues as genuine ones.
He said that the agenda of a coalition government was to establish peace in Balochistan. He said that he has been in contact for negotiations with various Baloch resistance forces after the mandate trusted in him by the federal government and the military leadership.
He said that the issue of Balochistan is purely political and it cannot be solved with guns and added, “I invite the Baloch resistance forces to come on the negotiating table and help the provincial government.”
He said that a positive change has descended in the country during the rule of coalition government in Balochistan. Speaking in Ziarat, the chief minister hailed the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Ziarat and said that it is a matter of pride for the provincial government that the work of renovation of the Ziarat Residency was completed in a short span of time as promised.
He said that the Ziarat Residency was a symbol of national unity in its capacity as the residency of the founder of Pakistan and added that it is a great national heritage and the coalition government has taken a stern notice of the attack in the past on the Ziarat Residency.
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