ISLAMABAD - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik on Sunday said the provincial government was making sincere and steady efforts to hold dialogue with angry Baloch leaders and bring them in the national mainstream.

“We are working to convince the angry Baloch leaders to resolve their economic, political and cultural issues in a democratic manner through dialogue,” he said in a TV interview. He said it was not an emotional but a serious and complicated issue, which was imperative to be resolved amicably for achieving lasting peace in the province.

Commenting on Kashgar-Gwadar trade route, the CM said it should not be made a controversial issue. It should be extended to other areas including Ratto Dero, Quetta and Zhob to benefit the locals by improving the communication infrastructure. He said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal would soon visit Balochistan and brief members of the provincial assembly on the trade route.

To a question, he said law and order in the province had considerably improved after the police got training from the army and required equipment to handle criminals.

He said the police had made the travel on national highways safe, adding that the government had ensured all appointments in the police department on merit without any political influence or interference.

To another question, Dr Baloch said the government was giving due attention to improve the agriculture and livestock sectors for giving a boost to economic activities in the province.