PM Lays Foundation Stone Of Balochistan Health Complex, Quetta-Zhob Dual Carriageway
LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Report)– Prime Minister Imran Khan today performed the groundbreaking of Balochistan Health Complex and Quetta-Zhob Dual Carriageway as part of western alignment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Khan praised Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal and said, “Balochistan is a lucky province to get a chief minister like Kamal.”
“The country was headed towards destruction with the way it was being run previously and the ways of ‘Purana Pakistan’ had made the country bankrupt. The previous rulers used Balochistan’s resources for their personal gains,” the prime minister said.
PM Imran lamented, “In the past, politics was only done in Balochistan to win elections. The previous prime minister visited foreign countries five times more than he visited Balochistan.”
“In the NFC award, money was increased for Balochistan but it not reach the people. There was no cardiac institute in the province,” he regretted. “We will pull Pakistan out of these flawed systems and bring change,” PM Imran vowed.
The premier announced that a cancer institute will be made with the help of Pakistan Army and the provincial government.
Speaking about the Quetta-Zhob Dual Carriageway, the premier said it was a difficult project. “The Quetta-Zhob Dual Carriageway will connect the province to other parts of the country,” he said.
“We also needed to pay attention towards the western route,” PM Imran said and added that the government wishes to make a railway track from Quetta to Taftan and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid is making efforts in this regard.
“We need to make a master plan for Quetta,” he urged while stating that Pakistani cities are expanding. “As cities expand, people will not be able to receive facilities and will face more difficulties.”
PM Imran further said that under CPEC, the western route should have been made first.
The premier also stressed the need for a “strong local government system for Balochistan”. “Till local government system is not improved, people’s quality of life will not be improved. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we improved the local government system owing to which we emerged successful there for a second time,” he added,
“The country also faces water issues for which we are building a dam. We do not want to think about other elections but our country’s progress,” he asserted. “If Balochistan is focused on then the whole country will progress,” he stated.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal also addressed the ceremony and said, “”Prime Minister Imran Khan is working to address the grievances of people of Balochistan.”
Kamal thanked the prime minister for starting the work in real terms on the western route of CPEC and said the project is a game changer for the whole region.
“The Balochistan Health Complex is a joint project of Pakistan Army and the provincial government,” the provincial chief minister said and praised the role of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for starting this project in collaboration with the government of United Arab Emirates.
“Health is a basic need and this center is a great gift for the people of the province,” he stated.
Kamal regretted that development of Balochistan was ignored in the past due to lack of accountability, sustainability and planning strategy.
“The armed forces and people of Balochistan have rendered numerous sacrifices during the last 15 years for bringing peace and stability in the province. Today’s Balochistan is much better than that of yesteryears.”
The premier arrived at Quetta Cantt earlier today along with Balochistan governor, chief minister and key federal ministers. He was received by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at Army Aviation Base, military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
PM Imran will also perform groundbreaking of Quetta-Zhob Road N-50 as part of western alignment of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the DG ISPR wrote.
SOURCE: GEO NEWS AND AGENCIES