QUETTA – Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Saturday said the situation arisen after the no-trust motion against the provincial assembly speaker could not be termed a crisis.

He was talking to media persons after the 5th convocation of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University. He said absence of the provincial ministers from the convocation despite invitation was regrettable. “The varsity vice chancellor had invited all the representatives of the people, but only one of them turned up to attend the function, which is regrettable,” Magsi remarked.

He said differences were part of democracy, but the scenario that erupted following the no-trust motion against Speaker Aslam Bhootani could not be called a crisis.

Responding to a question, Governor Magsi said the Higher Education Commission had not only made a cut in the funds of the Balochistan universities, but had also slashed funds of other universities. “This issue has been taken up and efforts are underway to resolve it,” he added.

Earlier, the governor announced Rs 100,000 each for seven position holders and conferred degrees on more than 300 successful students. Addressing the convocation, Governor Magsi said women were 51 per cent of the total population of the country and “without focusing on their education, we cannot make development.” “If we want progress and development, we have to pay heed to education of women,” he concluded. Bahadur Khan Women University Vice Chancellor Sultana Baloch also spoke on the occasion.