QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the progress and prosperity of backward areas along with the welfare and betterment of their residents was the foremost priority of the present government.
He said unfortunately, the promises made with Balochistan in the past could not be implemented, however, the allocation of maximum funds for Balochistan in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) by the present government reflected his government’s sincerity and commitment with the province.
The prime minister expressed the views during a meeting here with the members of the provincial cabinet of Balochistan. Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal, Federal Minister for Information Senator Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri and Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal were also present in the meeting.
The prime minister said Balochistan being the country’s largest province in terms of its land had ample potential and opportunities of development. There was a need to set priorities for the development of Balochistan, he said, adding the Kachi Canal provided huge prospects of agricultural development in the province.
The prime minister said the country had witnessed improvement in the coronavirus situation, but there was a need to exercise further caution. He said the government would utilize all resources for the progress and prosperity of all areas of the province, especially southern Balochistan. Minister for Planning Asad Umar would soon be visiting the province and hold consultations for finalizing a special package for the development of southern Balochistan, the prime minister added.