ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that he would soon visit Balochistan and unveil a comprehensive development package for “backward” southern parts of the province.
Presiding over a meeting on development projects for backward areas of the province, he said: “I will soon visit south Balochistan and announce a comprehensive development package for southern Balochistan areas and inaugurate projects.”
He said his government had given top priority to the development of Balochistan so that this region could progress like other parts of the country.
Prime Minister Khan said south Balochistan had been neglected in the past due to which the people of this area faced poverty and backwardness. “Gwadar Port is of paramount importance which will prove to be an important milestone for the development of the country,” he added.
The meeting was apprised of the proposed development package for the backward districts of Balochistan, especially Khuzdar, Awaran, Chagai, Kharan, Washik, Lasbela, Gwadar, Panjgur and Turbat. A detailed briefing was also given on roads, energy, dams for water storage, education, health, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and other projects for south Balochistan.
In a meeting with visiting Afghan Minister for Industry and Commerce Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, Prime Minister Khan said peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region by enhancing regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation.
imran meets Afghan minister, chairs meeting on housing, construction, development
He welcomed the Afghan dignitary and highlighted the close fraternal ties between the two countries. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood was also present in the meeting, a PM Office press release said.
The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support for peace and stability in Afghanistan and emphasised the need for a negotiated political settlement. He was of the view that Pakistan and Afghanistan had untapped economic synergies and complementarities which could be realised only through cooperation in the economic and trade sphere.
The Afghan minister appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in facilitating the peace process in his country and desired for enhanced economic and trade ties between the two countries.