ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed his determination to bring Balochistan on the “feeling of inadequacy” that has long been felt by his people by initiating a series of development projects to cancel decades of neglect in the province.
“Ensuring peace, security and complete socio-economic development for the people of Balochistan is the top priority of my government,” he said while chairing the second meeting of the National Development Council.
The first Council meeting was held in August 2019 after its formation in June of that year.
The prime minister said he was fully aware of the problems facing people in Balochistan and expressed his commitment to reverse the situation by providing assistance and services to them in the best possible way.
“Financial resources allocated to Balochistan in the past have never been diverted towards provincial development,” he said.
The prime minister said such conditions led to bleak development in the province and caused a “feeling of deprivation” among his people.
Federal Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Mohammad Hammad Azhar, Ali Haider Zaidi, Omer Ayub Khan, Special Advisor Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, and Abdul Razak Dawood, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Chief of Staff of the Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Special Assistant to Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, and Abdul Razak Dawood, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Chief of Staff of the Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Special Assistant to Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, and Abdul Razak Dawood, Chief Balochistan Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Chief of Staff of the Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Special Assistant Lt. Gen. (ret.) Asim Saleem Bajwa, ISI Director General Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, and other senior officials attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed in detail several projects related to the national development agenda.
This includes the provision of communication facilities in remote Balochistan, better facilities for irrigation, agriculture, energy, and setting up a barter market to get optimal benefits from Gwadar Harbor.
The prime minister said the development of the Port of Gwadar would be a game-changer, not only for Balochistan people but also for the whole region.
“There must be a full focus on developing infrastructure, providing employment for young people, and completing the road network to benefit from the completion of Gwadar Port and CPEC,” he said.
In this case, the prime minister formed a committee consisting of Umar, Shaikh, and Chief Minister Kamal, who would submit a report to him about priority areas for development – especially in the fields of communication, agriculture, energy, and other important sectors.
The meeting also gave approval for the establishment of the Balochistan Mineral Exploration Company which would work to better utilize Balochistan mineral resources and encourage exploration activities.
Various areas in Karachi experienced heavy rain on Tuesday morning when heavy sea clouds covered most of the metropolitan city, while many parts of the city experienced power cuts for hours after rains of several millimeters.
“Heavy sea clouds hit Karachi in the early hours of Tuesday and caused heavy rains, which were heavy rains for several minutes or short periods of time,” said Pakistani Meteorological Department official Anjum Zaigham. “This passing rain was observed in Clifton, Defense, the old city area, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and several other parts of the city.”
Zaigham said the surface temperature of the Arabian Sea was around 31 degrees, and because of such high temperatures, clouds were produced and pushed towards the city by a strong southwest wind.
“This thick cloud caused heavy rains, light rain and drizzle in many areas,” he said, adding that this phenomenon is expected to continue for the next few days. The highest amount of rain (2mm) was recorded at PAF Base Masroor, while Saddar’s locality witnessed 1mm of it, the official said, adding that some parts of the city only received traces.
On the other hand, according to residents of many areas, they lack electricity immediately after the first rain. They said that after hours of power failure, supplies remained disrupted throughout the day.
The areas most affected are Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Model Colony and surrounding areas, while residents of the old city area, including Saddar and Garden, also complain of power cuts and disruptions.
Last updated when July 21, 2020 7:28 p.m. night
The federal government brings performance two years before the nation
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Federal Government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to bring the performance of the government two years before the nation.
According to sources, the success of the federal government in national policy and foreign relations will be announced. The problem of providing assistance to those in need under the Ehsas program will be brought to the fore.
Sources said that people will be briefed on progress in economic targets, debt repayment, sugar and the gasoline crisis.
With a timely and correct government decision, the problem of controlling the Coronavirus epidemic will be brought before the people.
According to sources, the state media team raised the issue of bringing the next two years’ performance of the cabinet.
The proposal will be considered for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approval.
ISLAMABAD – Chair of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser said on Thursday the completion of China’s Pakistan Economic Coordination Project (CPEC) would help generate economic activity and employment in the country. “Completion of CPEC-related projects in the province, especially the establishment of industrial zones, will result in economic activities in addition to job creation for people affected by COVID-19,” the Speaker said in a meeting with KPK Chief Minister Mehmood Khan. He told the Chief Minister about the formation of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group and his task force to encourage person-to-person contact and collaboration in the industrial, trade and economic sectors. He said that Parliament would play its role in bringing Pakistan and Afghanistan closer, because both countries have shared history, culture and socio-economic interests.
The speaker, while praising the performance of the KPK government during the COVID-19 disaster, said that the provincial government was very effective in providing assistance to the community by seriously following the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said that COVID-19 had disturbed socio-economic patterns throughout the world and Pakistan was no exception. He said that the Prime Minister had imagined Pakistan as a democracy, progressive and true welfare. Chief Minister Mehmood Khan praised the Speaker’s concern for the welfare of the poor and poor.