QUETTA - Balochistan cabinet has decided in principle to incorporate regional languages in curriculum till the primary level, Information Minister Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal briefed the media on Thursday.

Cabinet’s Thursday meeting took place in the provincial capital with Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch in the chair and reviewed performance reports presented by the committees, formed following cabinet’s last meeting.

Ziaratwal told newsmen the chief minister expressed his contentment over performance of the committees. He said development of the provincial capital and revival of its beauty also came under discussion during the meeting. 

He said on special directives from the chief minister, sewerage lines, issues of water and other problems besetting the provincial capital would soon be resolved.

The minister said Home Ministry’s report was also approved during the meeting which pronounced that Levis would be trained under supervision of Frontier Corps and they would also be trained in judicial services such as, registration of first information report.

Also, the meeting approved restoration of the Directorate of Levis, said the minister.

Ziaratwal said cabinet also gave approval to a raise in salaries of the chief minister, ministers and MPAs along with an improved package of perks and privileges that should be presented to the assembly for the approval.

Other decisions cabinet took included implementation of Local Government Ordinance Amended Bill 2014, Amendment Bill Sardar Bahudur Khan Women University, Bolan Medical College, Bolan Medical University of Medical Sciences.

The information minister said Cabinet also deliberated thoroughly the Land Reform Act Regulation, and added as the case was pending with the Supreme Court, an opinion of the provinces would be sought in this regard.

He said the meeting decided to take all steps required for security of the public representatives.

Responding to a question, the minister said an all-party conference would be held on ‘the issues of Balochistan’ in January and the date for it would be announced by the chief minister shortly. He said investigation teams had been formed to look into embezzlement cases in the road sector and other departments.

Ziaratwal said as many as 309 closed schools had been reopened in the province by the coalition government. He also said there was 60 to 70 per cent improvement in overall law and order situation in the province. He said incidents involving recovery of decomposed bodies had also dropped.

To another query, he said the provincial government in a short period brought a great improvement in law and order, stopped corruption, focused on improvement of education, health and other sectors.

He said due to steps of the government, highways connecting Quetta Chaman, Loralai, Quetta Karachi and other highways had become safe for passengers.

MPA Yasmeen Lehri, Secretary Law Safdar Hussain and DG Public Relation Noor Khan Muhammad Khan Hassani were present at the briefing.

VIOLENCE CLAIMS THREE MORE LIVES: Three people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Pishin and Jhal Magsi districts of Balochistan on Thursday, officials said.

In the first incident, unidentified gunmen killed two real brothers in Nasir Magsi Goth of Jhal Magsi and fled. The victims were identified as Muhammad Usman and Deedar. Sources in Levies said old family feud was the reason behind the attack.

A case has been registered against the two attackers, Ahmed Khan and Qadir Bakhsh. Raids are being made for their arrest.

In another incident, unidentified armed men shot dead Hakeemullah and set his vehicle on fire. The attackers fled the crime site, following the incident. Police rushed and shifted the body to Civil Hospital Quetta. Hospital sources said the victim received three bullets to the head. An old animosity was termed the motive behind the murder. A case has been registered and investigation is in progress.