LAHORE: Caretaker Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai has said that the promise of peaceful polls in Balochistan was fulfilled despite absence of any cabinet while it was the most disturbed province in country and the office of the caretaker chief minister remained unbiased and uncontroversial.
He was addressing a ceremony organized by Punjab University Academic Staff Association at the university here on Tuesday.
Barozai said that a power had threatened to halt polls process but the government had been successful in holding elections with some procedural deficiencies and even helicopters were used to bring voters to polling stations. He said the caretaker government also controlled incidents of violence.
The Balochistan CM said further said that unfortunately, militants were using children in terrorism by giving them money to drop bags at the target places.
He said the only change that had occurred in the elections was like the change from IPhone 4 to IPhone 4S. He said Balochistan province was damaged by its own people. He said that during the last government, MNAs were given worth Rs250 million funds a year but the people could see the condition of infrastructure in Quetta.
He said there were many “no-go areas” in Balochistan only because there were no roads. He said nothing was built in Quetta but the houses of leaders were more modern than those of the Europeans.
Barozai further said that there was abundance of mineral and human resources in Balochistan but his government gave more importance to national interests. He said Punjab was playing a role of big brother and we had received positive gestures from the province.
He said the ignorant people in the media were not presenting true picture of problems in Balochistan, adding that Balochistan’s biggest problem was lack of education and appealed to the other provinces to accommodate maximum Baloch students in their academic institutions. He said that they had hospitals but the people lacked expertise to run them.
urged the newly-elected parliamentarians to serve Balochs because it was the most crucial time.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mujahid Kamran congratulated Barozai on holding peaceful elections without any cabinet. He said Baloch people were brave, loyal and hard working and they could sacrifice even their lives on the directions of their leaders. He said that 97 Baloch students were admitted to Punjab University with free tuition and free boarding facilities and Rs3,000 monthly scholarship was also being given to each of them. He said that Baloch students were motivated and they were learning a lot at the university.
Dr Faheem Aftab thanked Barozai and PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran for their presence in the event. Later, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran presented a portrait and books to Caretaker Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai.Dr Faheem Aftab, Javed Sami and a large number of faculty members and Baloch students were also present.