September 18, 2015 Off By Web Desk

QUETTA: Lawyers are custodian and guards of country’s constitution and law. Lawyers and political parties can stabilize Rule of law and constitution and democracy in the country.

This was stated by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch while speaking to lawyers delegation which called on him under the leadership of President Supreme Court of Pakistan Bar Fazal Haq Abbasi here Saturday.

Former President Supreme Court Bar Association Kamran Murtaza was also present at the meeting.

Chief Minister said lawyers struggle and sacrifices for democracy and rule of law are unforgettable. Political parties and lawyers jointly can stabilise rule of constitution and law, supremacy of people and democracy. He aid lawyers during Pervez Musharraf’s dictatorial rule rendered supreme sacrifices to save constitution, law and democracy would go on golden words in the democratic history of the country.

He said present provincial government was taking effective steps for restoration of law and order, promotion of educator sector and provision health facilities to the masses. Appointment of teachers through NTS and reform in Balochistan Public Service commission has increased confidence of literate youth. Through Public Service Commission and NTS, for the first time children of poor people were getting higher services. Establishment of transparency, end of nepotism, sifarish and corruption confidence of people of Balochistan would rebuild in the government and its organisations.

Answering questions of participants Chief Minister said we have made inactive institutions active and made police authoritative for improving law and order situation by ending sifarish and interference. It has resulted in improvement of law and order.

He said our region is confronted with disputes. Different non state actors were also at work here. Vast area and meager financial resources are impediments in the way of development. Still present provincial government efforts and cooperation of Centre Dadu-Khuzdar and Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai transmission lines have been completed which were incomplete for last 10 years. It has minimized energy crisis in the province. Work on Quetta-Chaman highway was underway speedily. Approval has been accorded for Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan and Loralai-Dera Ghazi Khan national highways.

He said Kachhi Canal would be completed by year end upto Dera Bugti. It would irrigate 50 acres of land while after completion upto Kachhi the said canal would bring nearly 0.6 million acres of land under plough.

Malik Baloch said six new universities and 3 medical colleges were being established for improving education. He said present government has increased education budget to 24 percent from just 4 percent.

He said Balochistan is presently facing problem of water shortage. Provincial government has sought cooperation of the federal government for water reservoirs of building dams in the province and PC-1 of several small, medium and major dams to Centre. If immediate attention was not paid on the matter major area of the province would converge into desert and people would be forced to migrate.