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Published Date: Oct 6, 2011

CENTRE URGED TO DEAL MORE JUSTLY WITH BALOCHISTAN

Participants of a roundtable on Balochistan Rights Package and the state of Balochistan economy have demanded that the centre should deal more justly with the miserably under-developed Balochistan so that the long held disenchantment among Balochs could be better redressed.
The forum was jointly organised by ActionAid (Pakistan) and Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) here. Speakers including Dr Rehana Siddiqui, Director Centre of Environmental Economics and Climate Change at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Faisal Nadeem from SDPI, Mahrukh Khan of Institute of Strategic Studies asked the federal government to ensure the just distribution of local resources in Balochistan, so that Baloch people could take ownership of their land and resources.
Participating in the discussion, PPP leader Syeda Abida Hussain said that there can be no progress and prosperity in Balochistan without political stability. She was of the view that it is the political and bureaucratic issue, which are holding back the province.
Gorchani enumerating reasons for its economic backwardness said that so far the centre had not owned Balochistan as a proper federating unit and consequently its economic resources were exploited mercilessly at the cost of local peoples under-development in almost every sphere of social and economic life. He demanded of the government to share Baloch resources more generously with the local people of the province.
Dr Siddiqui drew the attention to indigenous causes of prevalent under-development in the province. She said that one cannot ignore the treatment of Baloch sardars with their own people who are equally responsible for the current miserable state of affairs in Balochistan.
Mahrukh Khan proposed that local people of Balochistan should step in to harness their true potentials not for subversion and violence but for the betterment of its province.
She said that only active local participation can change the current equation and status quo in Balochistan.