Imran Khan says he is considering ‘talks with militants’ in Balochistan

War in Afghanistan had worst impacts on Pakistan: Prime Minister


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Imran Khan says he is considering ‘talks with militants’ in Balochistan

Mir Salam Jogezai, News Desk:

GWADAR: Prime Minister, Imran Khan on Monday said he is considering ‘talks with militants’ in Balochistan. Had successive governments paid heed to the development of Balochistan, they would have never worried about the insurgency in the province, he mentioned.

The Prime Minister, Imran Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan, Chairman CPEC Authority Lieutenant General (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, the Chinese Ambassador, and other high ups inaugurated a number of development projects in the port city.

Prime Minister informed that for the first time in the history of the country, record development funds allocated for Balochistan. Prime Minister said Balochistan ignored in the past in terms of development projects.

Afghan issue

He reiterated that Pakistan was striving for a political settlement in neighboring Afghanistan. “We are concerned about peace in the war-torn country”, the Premier told a function in Gwadar, Pakistan’s port city.

“We are trying hard to avoid another civil war in Afghanistan”, Imran Khan said. He said the war in Afghanistan will have a negative impact on our trade with the Central Asian States.

The Premier’s comments have come as war raged in the impoverished country after the Taliban intensified and captured dozens of districts.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and others witnessing MoU signing about various development projects in Gwadar: Photo provided by DGPR

Federal government launched projects worth Rs. 730 bs in Balochistan

“We have allocated Rs. 730bs for development of Balochistan”, Imran Khan stated. He said projects include water issues, power sector, gas, connectivity projects. He informed that work was in progress on the establishment of Gwadar international airport and university.

Conducive atmosphere for investors

“We have to facilitate investors to attract investment”, he said. Our focus is to promote exports across the globe. Better exports guarantees improvement in the gross domestic product, the Prime Minister stated.

In the 1960s Pakistan was one of the four regional countries making fast economic progress, he said. PM and CM offices established better coordination to ensure transparency and timely implementation of all Islamabad-funded projects. “No socio-economic development without connectivity”, the PM remarked.

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