Thursday, April 01, 2010
Says Pakistan suffered during dictatorships
By our correspondent
LAHORE: PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif has said he supports provincial autonomy and wanted Centre to transfer more resources and authority to the provinces. He was talking to a PML-N delegation, led by Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, belonging to Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts of Balochistan, at his Raiwind residence on Wednesday.
Nawaz said he is firm on his stance regarding the constitutional reforms, adding time will tell whether his decision was right or wrong. He was hopeful of a positive outcome from the constitutional reforms committee. He said talks on the constitutional amendments would be successful, adding all matters should be resolved through dialogue. He said that it was the responsibility of 170 million people of Pakistan to run the country’s affairs.
“We will have to bring revolutionary changes to make the country prosper,” he said. He said that his party had no link with the people, who were responsible for abrogation of the Constitution, supporting a dictator and ignoring the mandate of masses. He said that he wanted the emergence of several new Dubais in Balochistan, adding special laws should be made for the development of its major cities.
He claimed his government laid the foundation of the coastal highway and initiated the Khuzdar-Naudero highway project. Had the dictator not taken over his government, Balochistan might have been among the developed provinces, he added.
He described the killing of Nawaz Akbar Bugti as a cruel step. Akbar Bugti was a principled and pro-Pakistani politician, he added. He demanded bringing the killers of Bugti to book because such incidents encouraged separatist elements.
He claimed that Pakistan had attained stability during democratic regimes and suffered during dictatorial ones. He said that they would continue their efforts for the supremacy of law, Constitution and independence of the judiciary in the same way they had adopted a principled stance on the NRO, the Kerry Lugar Bill and prestige of the judiciary.
He claimed that the PML-N had the realisation that the PPP government was not sincere in restoring the Constitution to the level of October 12, 1999, implementation of the ‘Charter of Democracy’, elimination of loadshedding and corruption, reduction in petroleum prices and independence of the media.
He demanded of the government to arrest the murderers of Akbar Bugti and those who abrogated the Constitution. Talking to media after a ceremony at the Sharif Medical Complex, he said good news can come any month, therefore, no month should be specified for tidings.
The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms is still busy in its work and a favourable solution is expected, he added. Answering a question, he said he is happy over news of wedding of cricketer Shoaib Malik with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. “Political issues could also be resolved with a similar positive approach,” he added.
The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017