Balochistan to stop gas supply if center fails to pay dues: Minister

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Zmarak Achakzai the Finance Minister of Balochistan threatened to suspend the gas supply from Balochistan if the federal govt failed to pay the outstanding of the province. Speaking on point of order during the Balochistan Assembly session, which resumed with deputy speaker Babar Musakhail in the chair, the minister lashed out at the OGDCL and PPL for not paying dues of the Balochistan lawmakers from treasury and opposition spoke at length regarding the financial crises, Balochistan is currently facing.

“We want our constitutional share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award share”, Achakzai demanded. Otherwise, he said that he would request Chief Minister to deploy 200 Levies personnel to stop the gas supply to the rest of the country. We will not allow Islamabad to swallow our rights, the minister said.

Zmarak Achakzai mentioned that the province was facing serious financial crises currently and was not able to pay the salaries of its employees. He said despite having rich mineral and natural resources the province was facing serious financial crises. Lawmakers from the opposition also demanded of the federal govt to pay dues to Balochistan and address the province’s financial crises.

“ We want justice”, Zabit Reki a member of Jamiat e Ulma Islam. He said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has failed to translate his words into action when it comes to issues of Balochistan. The house also discussed issues relating to health, education, and jobs for the youth in the province.

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