ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the ongoing development projects in Balochistan and the extra funds the provincial government sought in the upcoming budget for execution of some mega developmental projects in the province.

The meeting which held here at Prime Minister House was attended by Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch; Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique; Senior Minister Balochistan, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri; Balochistan Minister for Excise & Taxation, Jaffar Khan Mandokhel; Political Secretary to PM, Dr. Asif Kirmani and Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chattha.

Overall political situation and law and order situation in the province came under discussion, an official of Prime Minister’s media section informed.

The Prime Minister said that the government was providing requisite funds for development of Balochistan and was taking concrete steps for ensuring peace, security and stability in the province.

He said that Balochistan would greatly benefit from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , bringing a wave of prosperity in the province.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that PM has made it loud and clear to Balochistan Chief Minister, who is also central leader of National Party, that government had not altered the original route of CPEC and termed it a mere propaganda.

It is pertinent to mention here that a couple of days back in a convention National Party central leadership including Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had raised serious concerns over the news of bringing changes in the original route of CPEC.

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch went ahead by stating that Federal Government had not taken Balochistan Government into confidence on alteration in the economic corridor warning the government that they would not let anyone usurp the rights of the province over the project.

The sources said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while showing his displeasure over the mistrust shown by Chief Minister Balochistan on Federal govt said that as there was no alteration made in the CEPC route so the govt need not take anyone into confidence as the original route of the project was intact.

He further assured the Balochistan govt that personally he wanted to go extra mile for the development of the province and really wanted to see it at par with the rest of the three provinces.

He also referred to the sacrifice made by the Punjab Government for Balochistan at the time of approval of NFC Award, the move duly acknowledged by the then Balochistan govt.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif said the Youm-e-Takbeer is indeed a day of pride for the Pakistani nation and the Muslims all over the globe.

“With the blessing of Almighty Allah, Pakistan became the seventh nuclear power of the world, so the nation while reiterating its resolve for the solidarity and unity of Pakistan, should celebrate the occasion,” he said in his message on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer being observed today.

The prime minister also reminded the nation about the historic background of the event. On May 11, 1998, India with its nuclear tests had disturbed the balance of power in the South Asian region.   

He said there was a surge in the aggressive designs of India as it not only showed its intentions of sending armed forces to Azad Kashmir, with converging of army on the Line of Control, but its defence minister also announced that the Indian Army would be armed with the nuclear weapons.

“Under such nerves-wrecking situation, we started consultation to cope with the Indian threat and face the international pressure, mounting on the country for not conducting nuclear tests,” he said.

“But fortunately, the spirit and thoughts of the whole nation and by keeping the national interest in sight, we took the decision, and by the grace of Almighty Allah, on May 28, 1998 Pakistan became a nuclear power,” he added. “I still remember that during my exile period, the Youm-e-Takbeer was celebrated under the auspices of Nazaria-e-Pakistan Trust in which I was remembered and for which I am greatly thankful,” he added.    

The prime minister said that after conducting nuclear tests, defence of Pakistan became impregnable and the enemies could not dare to look towards it with bad intentions.

He said, now the enemies had changed their strategy and were trying to weaken the country internally. He said the government alone could not face such a situation but for this purpose the government, the nation and the armed forces had to tackle it jointly.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “By the grace of Allah Almighty today the entire Pakistani nation is united on the issue of terrorism,” and added the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists was getting unprecedented successes.

He said the officers and Jawans of Pakistan Army were sacrificing their lives to get the motherland rid of the curse of terrorism, so that the present and future of the coming generations could be secured.

The Prime Minister said on this important occasion he would like to mention China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , and added “no one can deny the fact that a strong economy is a must for a strong defence.”

He said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project was an important step towards this end. “I assure the people with complete honesty that the benefits of the Economic Corridor project will reach to the people of every region of Pakistan,” he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he felt no hesitation to inform the people that first Allah Almighty had given them the honour of atomic tests and now Insha’Allah, their government would get the honour of economic test.

He said the government was serving the people with full devotion and were answerable to them for the steps taken by the government.

The success of PML-N in the recently held bye-elections was a proof to the fact that the people supported its progressive policies.

The prime minister pledged that Insha’Allah, with the support of the masses, they would definitely succeed in their objectives to make Pakistan a modern and developed country.