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Incumbent Government committed to the development of Balochistan. Balochistan to get lion’s share for socio-economic development schemes: Federal Minister

Dated : 10 April 2019

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has said that the present Government is committed to the development of Balochistan to harness the province’s true potential and bring it at par with other developed areas of the country.

The Minister was talking to Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Qasim Suri, Chairman Balochistan National Party (M), Sardar Akhtar Mengal, who along-with a delegation called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Minister for Planning said that the Government is working on regional equalization development programme adding that development of Balochistan will be accorded priority. He stated that Balochistan will get the lion’s share for various socio-economic initiatives and schemes especially for poverty reduction. Makhdum Khusro said that the Government is also focusing on developing intermediate cities for expansion of economic activities and to mitigate influx of migrants to cities.

The Minister apprised that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his recent visit to Balochistan performed groundbreaking of the Rs. 65 billion Zhob-Kuchlak section of western route, Rs. 17 billion project of transmission line for Makran coast, Rs. 23 billion new Gwadar Airport project, hospital as well as vocational institute. ‘This shows the commitment of the Government to development of marginalized regions of the country’, added the Minister.