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Government will utilize all resources for the development and prosperity of Baluchistan – PM

QUETTA: The PTI-led government will utilize all resources for the development and prosperity of every region, especially South Baluchistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday, adding that Planning Minister Asad Umar would visit the province soon in this regard.

Shortly before departing for Islamabad after a brief visit to Baluchistan, PM Imran said the government’s “top priority” is the welfare and development of the underprivileged classes.

“Asad Umar will hold consultations on a special package for the development of South Baluchistan,” he said.

In this regard, the federal minister for planning, development, reforms, and special initiatives explained that a coordination committee had been formed for Baluchistan’s development and prosperity.

“All relevant stakeholders are represented in the coordinating committee,” Umar said.

Earlier, on his visit to Quetta, the premier reviewed the development projects being carried out in the province and held talks with members of Baluchistan Cabinet.

The meeting attended by Baluchistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal, federal ministers Asad Umar and Shibli Faraz, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairperson Lt Gen Nadeem Afzal.

“Unfortunately, promises were made to Baluchistan in the past but could not be fulfilled,” the premier said. “For Baluchistan, our government has allocated the most funds in the PSDP,” he added, referring to the Public Sector Development Program.

He said Balochistan had immense development potential and opportunities in terms of area and underscored that development priorities need to be set in the province.

“The Kachhi Canal can open up immense potential for agricultural development,” he added.

In a remark on the corona-virus pandemic, PM Imran said there “has been improvement in the situation […] but we need to be much more careful”.

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