QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Sunday gave a call for winning the war on terror through books and promotion of education, rather than use of artillery.

In his address during a luncheon hosted in the honour of new office bearers to the Supreme Court Bar Association, the chief minister held out the assurance his government would keep its promises about provision of health and education facilities.

He also emphasized that the masses should shift their attention towards development and prosperity of the province, instead of remaining mired in petty issues.

The provincial government, Malik said, was busy in developing the educational and health infrastructure. “Our vision is crystal clear. And the people are our priority,” he averred as he called for promoting the culture of books. He also mentioned that his government was spending 14 hours towards this end, on a daily basis.

The chief minister observed that the bench and the bar had always remained strong proponents of human rights and hence “we should not indulge in petty issues”.

The chief minister, on the occasion, announced Rs5 million funds for the bar. He also assured that work on lawyers’ housing scheme would be accomplished in a timely manner. He also promised a modern and well-equipped library for the SCBA.  Among others provincial minister Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai and the chief secretary were also present at the luncheon.

On his turn Minister for Law and Prosecution, and Information Technology Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal said the department of the prosecution was feeble before he took the charge and that efforts were being made for resolution of issues of lawyers.

He said there were only six to seven session and additional judges and two prosecutors, and a plan to recruit more prosecutors was being finalized.

He said the rule of law had a vital importance in society and it was their desire to see that no one was above the law. He added that “we have made commitments to the masses to end corruption, establish the rule of law and writ of the state”.

He said the alliance of the parties in the government was serious about finding solutions to the issues facing the province.

Supreme Court Bar Association chief Kamran Murtaza said it was necessary that the issues of missing persons and recovery of mutilated and bullet-riddled bodies were taken care of.