QUETTA / TURBAT: During his first visit to the city of Turbat Balochistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the number of scholarships for students would double and that improving the province and helping him progress was “part of the [his] come [faith]”.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for a construction project in Turbat, PM Imran Khan underlined that the city has a history and that its people are “the future of Pakistan”.
“It’s my first time coming to Turbat,” he said before talking about the importance of education for him [the] community and urban development, as well as the increasing focus of its government in Balochistan, as opposed to the previous administration.
“Knowledge,” he said, “makes humans unique from other creatures. No society can progress without education.
“Currently we are underdeveloped and the areas that are left behind are less educated,” he added.
‘Balochistan politicians put themselves first’
The prime minister underlined that “Balochistan has never received as much funding as our government [provided to the province]”and it’s lagging behind due to lack of funding in the past.
“We will help Balochistan in all possible ways,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan, adding that his government would help the province especially in the field of education.
The prime minister noted that the previous regime “did not need a vote from Balochistan and formed a government if they got enough votes from Punjab and Sindh or Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”.
“Very few federal governments have thought about Balochistan,” he said. Second – and I say this sadly – Balochistan politicians most often prioritize themselves over Balochistan people and this, unfortunately, not only in Balochistan but also in Pakistan.
“Our political people have benefited themselves rather than giving those benefits to the country,” he said.
Not for politics or vote but ‘part of my faith’
PM Imran Khan spoke about how leaders in the past traveled more to London and Dubai than to Balochistan in their tenure. “That is why the attention that Balochistan needs is not being given to him,” he said.
He stressed that he was in Turbat not for a political trip or to get votes but because “this is part of my faith. [faith] that a nation will never progress unless and until they bring with them a weaker part of society “.
“This is what our Holy Prophet (PBUH) provided through his Medina state as a model. The first welfare state in the world was established there and later, China also proved how in 30 years, it pulled 700 million people out of poverty and at the same time became a superpower. .
“One of the main reasons behind China’s CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] is looking to connect western China – which is left behind – to the sea via CPEC so that it can thrive too, “he said.
‘The prime minister is like the father of the nation’
PM Imran Khan praised China’s leadership for its vision and for understanding that no country or people can progress if a small part of the population gets rich and the entire society is left behind.
“That is why our aim in improving Balochistan is not just because I announced the project here and – how it happened in the past – I applauded and left, but I affirm that it is part of my faith. [faith] that since Balochistan is lagging behind, we will try our best to lift Balochistan to take it to another Pakistani level, “he said.
The prime minister says “the country is home” and “the prime minister is like the father of the nation” who must ensure that he treats all children equally in their progress.
“That is why I am very happy to be the chief minister of Punjab [Usman Buzdar] is here with us today and he is also investing in Balochistan universities and hospitals.
“It looks like an older brother is trying to help his little brother and that’s how the country is progressing.
“The way people benefit from Balochistan’s shortcomings, they have other goals, they succeeded in creating divisions because they conveyed an impression to people about what the benefits of being part of Pakistan are.
The world is “afraid” of China’s progress
“I want to tell all of you today that Balochistan being part of Pakistan, God willing, will benefit you beyond your imagination at this time.
“The first thing is connectivity with China and remember that the fastest growing country in the world is China, which other countries fear.
“They fear the progress. It’s because China, in a few years, will leave the rest of the world.
The prime minister said Pakistan was lucky to be connected to China and Balochistan was lucky to have Gwadar.
“Gwadar will connect to China and think of Chinese trade – $ 2,000 billion – as opposed to Pakistan’s exports, which currently only amount to $ 25 billion,” he underlined.
Internet facilities in remote Balochistan
The PM said “a new revolution is coming in the world” is very important for young people and Pakistan has a young population. “So, to get the maximum benefit from information communication technology, it is necessary for us to provide internet facilities in remote areas of Balochistan,” he said.
“I want to fully assure you of our efforts for poor households and paid people – who do not have enough money to build their own houses – we are also bringing the Pakistan Naya Housing Scheme here in Balochistan, God willing,” he said.
He explained that Pakistan’s Naya Housing Scheme will offer loans for five-marla homes at an interest rate of 5%, regardless of whether it is soaring in the market or not “to allow people to own their own homes by paying installments over 10 or 15 years” in the same way. they pay rent.
“All these things are happening for the first time in Pakistan, as I was talking about the Ehsaas Program, where Rs200 billion – which is called poverty alleviation – is being spent and [it wasn’t ever done] earlier in Pakistan’s history, especially at a time when our economic situation was worse, “he said.
‘God is kind’ to Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan counted Pakistan’s win, saying the economy is improving, the deficit has reduced and no loans have been obtained in the last four months.
“For the first time in 17 years, Pakistan – which is running a deficit – ran a surplus in just one quarter, meaning this is our advantage, a big achievement for our government because as long as there is a deficit between income and expenditure, a country cannot progress because it has to get loans, “He said.
“Let me tell you something else: In the last four months, Pakistan didn’t get a single loan in the last four months and this is also a big achievement.
“Today, I thank God, we sold record cement [industry] since we started construction activities in Pakistan, there were record sales. Structural Iron [foundation] began to sell, sales of vehicles and motorbikes increased.
“Our economy is stagnant – in the same condition as India today, their economy is falling – but, thank God, our economy is improving despite the coronavirus. [pandemic].
“Pakistan’s stock market is the best performing one in Asia and what I want to say is that despite all these challenges, God has mercy on us, our policies are working and our country is progressing today.
Virtual education on pandemic day
The PM said the government will invest in the poorer section of society as Pakistan’s incomes grow and money comes in – “in the same way as China did”.
The prime minister also noted that virtual education began in the days of the coronavirus pandemic. “There is no need to study in the city anymore,” he said.
“Scholarships for Balochistan boys and girls have been increased from 185 to 360,” he announced.
Makran Teaching Hospital
Earlier in the day, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said PM Imran Khan would announce a “historic development package” for Turbat during a one-day visit to the city. “The project was completed after months of hard work by a dozen ministers,” he wrote on Twitter.
The PM, who is scheduled to meet with figures in the area, was accompanied by federal ministers Shibli Faraz, Murad Saeed and Ghulam Sarwar Khan, in addition to Umar, as well as MP Aamir Mahmood Kiani, Special Assistant for Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar, and Deputy Chair of the Assembly National Qasim Khan Suri.
PM Imran is also expected to lay the foundation stone for the 200-bed Makran Teaching Hospital in Turbat.