Govt to set agenda for talks with Baloch nationalists: Fawad Chaudhry

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry briefs the media. Photo: PID Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry briefs the media. Photo: PID
  • “[The state] has dismantled India’s terrorist network in Balochistan to a good extent,” tweets Fawad Chaudhry. 
  • Centre to complete 131 projects worth Rs731bn in the province, says Chaudhry. 
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan holds Balochistan near his heart, says information minister. 

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government is going to set an agenda for talks with Balochistan nationalists, revealed Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Tuesday.

“[The state] has dismantled India’s terrorist network in Balochistan to a good extent,” tweeted Chaudhry. “Now, we’ve to set an agenda for talks with Baloch nationalists.”

The minister spoke about development projects in Balochistan, saying that the federal government meant to complete 131 projects worth a whopping Rs731bn in the province.

“The Balochistan government’s development package, for this season alone, is Rs180bn,” he added. “Prime Minister Imran Khan holds Balochistan near his heart,” he added.

Govt mulling talks with Baloch insurgents, says PM Imran Khan

The data minister’s remarks come on the heels of PM Imran Khan’s statement Monday that the federal government is mulling talks with Baloch insurgent groups.

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The premier had announced that the federal government was considering the option as the specific situation in the province had changed, and Pakistan was moving towards a much better future.

PM Khan was speaking at an event in Balochistan, where he explained insurgents might be upset with their state due for some past grievances or India might used them to spread terror in Pakistan.

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“Nevertheless now, the specific situation has changed,” he had noted.

PM Khan, on his day-long stop by at Gwadar, inaugurated the Gwadar Free Zone, Expo Center, Agriculture Industrial Park, and three factories; he also witnessed the signing of varied MOUs directed at constructing a state-of-the-art hospital, airport, and vocational institute.

The prime minister had said his sole aim wasn’t only to win the elections but also to produce Balochistan after becoming the prime minister.

The premier said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had visited London 24 times, but he never came to Balochistan, while former president Asif Ali Zardari visited Dubai 51 times, but he never had the full time to visit Gwadar.

“A person who thinks about Pakistan will consider Balochistan as well, but when a person wants to win elections, they will focus on Faisalabad division, which has more seats in the Parliament than Balochistan,” he had said.

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