Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that ensuring complete law and order in Balochistan province and socio-economic development is the top priority of the government.
In order to fully benefit from the Gwadar and CPEC projects, it is necessary to pay special attention to the establishment of infrastructure in Balochistan, said the Prime Minister.
He expressed these views while presiding over the second meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) here on Friday.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Ali Haider Zaidi, Umar Ayub Khan, Finance Advisors Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed. Bajwa, Special Assistant Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, DG ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed and other senior officials were present.
The meeting discussed various projects for the national development agenda, especially for the development of backward and remote areas of Balochistan, better utilization of water resources, agriculture, energy, the establishment of border markets and making full use of Gwadar Port.
Talking about the development of the backward areas of Balochistan, the Prime Minister said that ensuring complete law and order in Balochistan province and socio-economic development is the top priority of the government.
He said that in the past financial resources were provided to Balochistan but their proper use for the welfare of the people was completely neglected which not only left a large part of the province backwards but also deprived the people.
The Prime Minister said that we are fully aware of the sense of deprivation of the people of Balochistan which every effort is being made to remove.
The Prime Minister said that the construction and development project of Gwadar is a game-changer not only for Balochistan but for the entire region. In order to fully benefit from the projects of Gwadar and CPEC, it is necessary to build a road network in Balochistan.
In particular, special attention should be paid to providing employment opportunities to the youth and building infrastructure.
In this regard, the Prime Minister has directed the formation of a committee comprising the Minister of Planning, Adviser to the Finance Minister and the Chief Minister of Balochistan to review the communications, agriculture, energy and other proposed projects and formulate priorities and submit them to the Prime Minister.
On this occasion, approval was also given for the establishment of Balochistan Mineral Exploration Company to harness and promote the potential of mineral resources in Balochistan.