QUETTA - The Balochistan Assembly Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution without quorum, demanding the federal government address the issue of low gas pressure.
The session of Balochistan Assembly held after two-day break with Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha in the chair and without quorum, compelled present lawmakers to urge the chair that chief minister and provincial ministers should be bound to attend the sessions of assembly.
The sitting was adjourned for 30 minutes as PPP Minister Tahir Mehmood pointed to the lack of quorum as he was not allowed to defend the PPP as it was being made subject to strong criticism by some ministers.
However, the quorum was not completed when the session resumed but the deputy speaker ignored the quorum to save the government from any embarrassment.
The chief minister is in Islamabad for more than a month while a majority of ministers don’t give any importance to the sessions of assembly.
The chief minister and other ministers should be bound to attend the sessions of assembly, said provincial minister Sardar Aslam Bizenjo during his speech on an adjournment motion on hours-long loadshedding in Balochistan.
Shiekh Jafar Khan Mandokhel said, “Instead of sitting in Gwadar, the chief minister should sit in Quetta for fixing public problems.”
The house adopted an adjournment motion of Shiekh Jafar Khan Mandokhel for two-hour debate about long power loadshedding.
Later, general debate was held on another adjournment motion of Shiekh Jafar Khan Mandokhel about low gas pressure that was approved for debate on January 26.
Starting debate Shiekh Jafar Khan said, “It is irony that most of districts of the province are deprived of natural gas despite the fact that the province is providing natural gas to Punjab, Sindh and other parts of Pakistan.”
He said though natural gas was available in Quetta, Kalat, Mastung, Pishin and some other townships of Balochistan, people in these areas were facing serious difficulties because of suspension of gas and its low pressure.
He said the government should ensure the protection of gas pipelines that were being targeted in different areas of province.
Mandokhel said that gas was being supplied to the factories and industrial plants in Punjab and Sindh but this was not available for domestic use of people in Balochistan who were the owner of this natural resource.
Provincial Ministers Asim Kurd, Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Shahnawaz Marri, Nasreen Khethran, Raheela Durrani and Ghulam Jan Baloch also supported the adjournment motion in their speech.
Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd said Balochistan was fed up with the discriminatory attitude of the federal government and bureaucracy. Sports and Culture Minister Shahnwaz Marri strongly criticised the federal government, saying that the injustices was the root cause of deteriorating law and order in the province.
“The situation will improve if federal government gives the rights to the people” he added.
Labour Minister Maulvi Sarwar Musa Khel blamed provincial government for its poor performance during the last four years.
“I think we all should tender our resignations since we have failed to fulfil our promises. There is shortage of gas, clean drinking water. The education and healthcare system is on the verge of destruction,” he regretted.
Sardar Aslam Bizenjo said that Balochistan Assembly had been supporting the president and prime minister but the PPP government failed to address the issues plaguing the province. The adjournment was converted into resolution and unanimously passed by lawmakers when it was put before the house for voting.