QUETTA - Criticising the Balochistan government, opposition leader Maulana Abdul Wasay said that Chief Minister Dr Abdul Maalik Baloch is trying to escape from his responsibilities by accepting his failure to address the issue of missing persons.

At a news conference here Monday, he said the opposition would continue cooperating with the government. He said that the chief minister had confessed to his government’s failure to handle the issue of missing persons. “Instead of escaping from his responsibilities, the CM should fulfil the promises and commitments made with the people during the May election campaigns,” he added.

Maulana Abdul Wasay said that earlier, the prolonged delay in formation of the provincial cabinet was a hurdle in resolving the public problems, but even after the cabinet has been finalised, nothing is being done in this regard. “Five-month performance of the Balochistan government remained disappointing,” he claimed.

Citing achievements of the former provincial government, Wasay said that the JUI-F representative carried out record development works, including laying road network, providing electricity, constructing dams and paying special focus on education and health sectors. “The law and order situation during the former government was much better as compared to the present one, he said adding the incidents of missing people have gone up manifold as scores of doctors and tribal leaders are being kidnapped,” he added.

Responding to a question, the JUI-F leader said that they would attend the APC on Balochistan and also support the government in other forums, but the rulers should take their responsibilities and avoid hoodwink the people.