Living conditions in Balochistan inhumane: Zaman

January 10, 2018


Monitoring Desk
ISLAMABAD: Senior leader Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Federal Minister for Postal Services Maulana Ameer Zaman Wednesday said that people of Balochistan are forced to live in inhumane conditions. He was speaking with Sardar Khan Niazi in Roze News program Sachi Baat.

Asked to comment about the mega projects in Punjab, the Minister said that he has no issues with mega projects in Punjab but all provinces should get their share as defined by the constitution. He said that people in Balochistan are devoid of even a basic necessity like water. Zaman said that people are forced to drink rain water from the same ponds where animals drink. He said that due to unclear drinking water people in the province are suffering from numerous deadly diseases.

Highlighting the backwardness of the province he said that there are parts in Balochistan where people are unaware what a ‘biscuit’ is. The Minister said that many women lose their life in the province everyday during child birth due to a severe lack of medical facilities. He said that in many areas of the province even a dispensary is a luxury.

The Minister said that the condition of education sector is no different in the province and in many parts of the province there are no schools and colleges. He said that in the year 2018 people of the province are forced to live in mud houses. He said that people use donkeys, horses and camels as a mode of transport.

The Minister lamented that despite being mineral rich, the province gets no benefit from the minerals extracted. He questioned as to why people of the province are forced to live in such conditions. He asked, are we not Pakistanis? Are we less Pakistanis than those living in Lahore (Punjab)? The Minister got emotional while speaking about the inhumane conditions in Balochistan.

Earlier in the program, the Minister claimed that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif didn’t gave him time for a meeting during his four year tenure. He claimed that he requested the now ousted Prime Minister to meet him numerous times but was snubbed. He said that he wanted to meet Nawaz Sharif to discuss issues related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He lamented that Balochistan lawmakers are not given funds for development work in their constituencies.

The Minister gave the credit of improving law and order situation in the province to the Armed Forces. He said that the civil government has done nothing and it is the effort of Armed Forces that has brought peace back to Balochistan. He also lauded the role played by Frontier Corps. The JUIF leader said that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is paying special attention on the province and has visited the province numerous times in recent months.

The Minister also strongly condemned the Kasur incident and pointed out that such incidents have also happened in the past but nothing was done.