Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Subcommittee on Balochistan to submit report by 15th

(Mushahid says 10,000 FC jobs to be given to Balochistan people)

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Subcommittee on Balochistan problems on Tuesday completed its deliberations, consultations and a detailed review of the current situation in the province and its final report would be submitted by January 15.

"A five-member draft committee has been constituted to prepare the final report, which would be submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan by January 15," subcommittee chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed told a press conference here at the PML House.

Minister for State and Frontier Regions (Safron) Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education Zobaida Jalal, senators Wali Muhammad Badini, Ayaz Mandokhel and Saeed Hashmi were also present on the occasion.

The draft committee comprises Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed as convener and member, Senators Prof Khursheed Ahmad, Raza Muhammad Raza, Saeed Hashmi and Aslam Buledi. Besides, Mushahid said, senators Ishaq Dar and Dilawar Abbas will also be available for consultation on matters pertaining to economic problems in Gwadar area and oil and gas exploration, respectively.

He said the subcommittee in a three-hour long meeting on Tuesday discussed all the matters assigned to it and finalised the deliberations. He added that during its nine marathon sessions in Islamabad and Balochistan, the subcommittee held consultations with various representatives and leadership of political parties and tribes in Balochistan, including Baloch Ittehad, Bugti, Marri, Mengal, Achakzai, the MMA, the PPP and the PML.

Mushahid said the subcommittee also heard the views of five federal ministries, including defence, interior, finance, ports and shipping and petroleum and natural resources, besides, adopting as record the briefing of Senator Sanaullah Baloch.

Similarly, the subcommittee also held meetings and recorded the point of view of other people and departments concerned like the chief minister, the FC inspector-general, the provincial home secretary, the Gwadar Development Authority and the Gwadar Nazim, he added.

Mushahid said Balochistan has a vital role in the country’s socio-economic development and prosperity, and it was due to the wrong policies of the previous regimes that the people of the province were facing problems. "Balochistan has equal political and legal status at par with the Punjab, Sindh and the NWFP."

The present government has a two-pronged approach for Balochistan i.e. development and dialogue, which is contrary to the ‘stick policy’ adopted by the past regimes, Mushahid said, adding that the constitution of the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan was an opportunity as well as a challenge for the elected representatives to resolve the problems of Balochistan.

Responding to a question, he said, the basic problem of Balochistan is the elimination of the sense of deprivation among the people, created because of undemocratic attitude and wrong policies in the past, and giving them due rights. "The government has decided to provide 10,000 new jobs in the Frontier Constabulary (FC), with all inductions to be made from Balochistan," he added.

He said all the members of the subcommittee worked with utmost dedication and without any discrimination of the government or the opposition.

Responding to another question, Mushahid said Senator Wasim Sajjad is heading another subcommittee on inter-provincial harmony and its report will be finalised soon.

Earlier, in a TV interview, Mushahid said the committee on Balochistan was committed to finding solutions to multiple issues faced by the Balochistan by taking all political parties into confidence.

The Senator said the Balochistan issues included reservations of the locals on the Gwadar deep seaport project, employment opportunities, gas royalty, law and order, deployment of the Frontier Constabulary, etc. "These (issues) are administrative, legal, political and financial in nature," he added..

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