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Balochistan has the potential to fast-track national development: Rashid

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Wednesday said that Balochistan had the potential of fast-track national development due to a lot of investment opportunities in the province.

Addressing the 8th National Workshop on Balochistan here, he said Gwadar was the best deep seaport in the world which could change the fate of the people of the province.

Regarding the overall law and order situation of the country, the minister said Pakistan was a peaceful country, however, in terms of geography, law and order was a major challenge in Balochistan.

He said the federal government was providing necessary resources and technical assistance to the provincial government for maintaining peace.

Sheikh Rashid said the government had ensured a conducive environment for investors in the country.

He said Pakistan had played a key role in bringing long-lasting peace to Afghanistan and helped 100,000 Afghans to leave Afghanistan.

Sheikh Rashid said matters should be resolved through negotiations.
“We sacrificed 80,000 lives for peace and Pakistan lost $150 billion in the war against terror,” he added.

He said the return of Afghan refugees depended upon Afghanistan’s economic situation, adding that Pakistan was looking after four million Afghan refugees for the last four decades.

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