QUETTA - International organisations related to polio eradication campaign have given indication that if serious measures were not adopted other countries would not issue visas to citizens of Pakistan particularly belonging to Balochistan. This was disclosed during a debate in the session of Balochistan Assembly which was held here on Thursday with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair. Besides protest over killing of a Hindu trader, provincial Minister for Finance made an interesting disclosure that National Highway Authority (NHA) has requested for loan from Balochistan government for completion of NHA projects in Balochistan. The echo of growing cases of polio in Balochistan Assembly was heard when Provincial Minister Mir Zahoor Buledi on a point of order said that polio cases were increasing in Balochistan to a dangerous level. 'Polio has been completely eliminated from other countries and its number is decreasing in other provinces while contrary to it the cases of polio are increasing in Balochistan to an alarming level, he said, adding, that during this year 17 cases of polio surfaced in Qila Abdullah district while 13 cases were reported in Pishin district. He said that provincial government particularly the Health Department should take serious notice of this alarming situation and should play an effective role to control the disease. Provincial Minister Muhammad Ismail Gujjar also expressed his serious concern over surge in polio cases in the province and said that according to his information the funds for polio were being embezzled. The provincial Health Minister said that the funds which were being provided by international organisations for eradication of polio were not being used by provincial Health Department. However, he said that there were many hurdles in the way of effective polio campaign in Balochistan. 'Many people are reluctant to administer polio drops to their children in different areas of Balochistan, he said, adding, that Health Department had no power to force the people for administering polio drops to their children. He said that the force rested with Home Department suggesting that besides Home Department, Education Department and NADRA should also cooperate for making polio campaign a success in Balochistan. The Provincial Minister for Intra-Provincial Coordination Committee, Dr Ruqia Hashmi said she had been practically affiliated with polio campaign and ,added, that this was her observation that polio teams were not reaching in different areas of the province. She said that she was also in contact with different international organisations affiliated with polio eradication campaign and they had given indication that if proper measures were not taken for elimination of polio within next two to three years then other countries would not issue visas to Pakistani citizens particularly people belonging to Balochistan. The minority member and Provincial Minister Jay Parkash on a point of order raised the incident of killing of a Hindu trader Ravi Kumar whose body was thrown away three days back in Quetta City. He said that deceased trader was kidnapped for ransom and ,added, that so far more than two dozen Hindu traders were kidnapped for ransom in Balochistan during last three years. 'Earlier Hindu community was safe in Balochistan but during last three years they have been exposed for many dangers, he said, adding, that Hindus were patriotic Pakistanis and their protection was responsibility of the government and the tribal society of Balochistan. The Provincial Minister Ali Madad Jattak said that Chief Minister Balochistan had taken serious notice of the killing of Hindu trader and ordered for arrest of culprits. The Provincial Minister for Finance Mir Asim Kurd Gailoo said that some progress had been made about identification of killers of Hindu trader. He appealed to the Chief Minister Balochistan for paying compensation of Rs 2 million to the family of the deceased. The Provincial Ministers Asad Baloch, Hamal Kalmati, Asghar Rind, Habib-ur-Rehman Muhammad Hassani and Perveen Magsi strongly protested over delay in the completion of projects of national highways in Balochistan. Some of the Ministers alleged that the funds for NHA projects in Balochistan were being diverted by the Federal government to Multan and Larkana and ,added, that people of Balochistan were facing serious difficulties because of non-completion of these projects. They demanded that Provincial Assembly should take this issue seriously and direct the concerned department of the Federal government for taking steps for early completion of these projects. Provincial Minister for Finance said that the Chief Minister had always raised this issue with the Federal government but so far there was no progress regarding release of funds for NHA projects in Balochistan. 'The authorities of NHA are saying that they have no funds, he said and disclosed that the Chairman NHA had requested the provincial government for loan for completion of national highways projects in Balochistan.