QUETTA - Terming the provincial budget balanced one, Balochistan lawmakers on Tuesday emphasized upon the need to properly utilize the allocwated funds on uplift schemes.
They said in past billions of rupees were spent on law and order but education and health sectors were not given due focus, owing to which, the province could not prosper.
Taking part in budget debate during Balochistan Assembly’s session chaired by Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali, JUI-F member Gul Muhammad Dumar said there were many positive and negative aspects of the budget as funds had been allocated for law and order, education and health but still there was no improvement in situation. “There are school buildings but no teacher to impart education,” he said, adding able teachers should be given an opportunity to impart quality education to children.
He condemned the killing of 25 people, including female students at Bahadur Khan University, Bolan Medical Complex Hospital and Jinnah Residency incidents. He said tourism department was taking steps for promotion of tourism in Murree but no efforts had been made to promote tourism in Ziarat where world’s thousands of years old juniper forests were located.
JUI-F leader demanded that the murderers of Nawab Akbhar Khan Bugti should be apprehended and an All Parties Conference should be called in which the issue of Balochistan be discussed.
National Party (NP) leader Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani said the budget was well devised but its proper utilization was still a question mark. “If we utilize budget honestly it will yield positive results in the province,” he remarked.
Leader of Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen said they were signatory of Millennium Development Goals on health, education, water, polio and poverty but the objectives set in the MDGs were looking hard to achieve. “The main reason behind lingering on our issues is repeated derailment of democracy,” he added.
Minority member Santosh Kumar welcomed Mian Nawaz Shairf’s move to try former dictator Pervez Musharraf in treason case because the latter had bombed Hindu community in Dera Bugti killing dozens of Hindus there.
NP leader Islam Baloch, terming the budget historical, said former rulers made record corruption, adding neither they would indulge in corruption nor they would allow others to do so.
He said the situation was serious in Makran division where shops and markets had been closed for the last 20 days due to strike against abduction of political workers and recovery of decomposed bodies. He asked Baloch and Pashtoon notables to play their part in ending such acts as by killing youths Baloch nation could not be eliminated.
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) leader Obaidullah Babath held bureaucracy responsible for deteriorating situation in health and education sectors.
“We are focusing on education and health,” he added.
He said Quetta-Karachi and DG Khan-Loralai Highways were under construction for the last several years but the construction work was yet to be completed and the same must be completed with least possible delay.