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05 December, 2012

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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, seeming quite irked over criticisms of failure to curb worsening law and order situation of the province, offered his office to anybody who could improve law and order situation during the session of Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday.

The CM made this offer during a debate on a resolution, which demanded of the federal government to evolve a comprehensive strategy in collaboration with the provincial government for restoration of peace in the province and ensure assistance of federal institutions to provincial institutions.

The session of Balochistan Assembly, chaired by Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha, continued for the second day on Tuesday.

The House also adopted an adjournment motion strongly protesting against the Senate's Standing Committee for Finance over asking details of developmental projects in Balochistan for reviewing and termed it against provincial autonomy.

On the start of the session only 14 members were present in the house whereas 17 members are required for the Assembly quorum. Upon which senior parliamentarian Sheik Jaffar Khan Mandokhel pointed out lack of quorum. At this, the chair suspended proceedings of the house for 15 minutes.

Provincial Minister Mir Shah Nawaz Marri moved a resolution soon after the beginning of session, saying under article 148 (8) of the constitution federal government was bound to assist provincial government in improvement of its law and order. Thus, he said, in the face of present law and order situation of Balochistan, federal and provincial institutions devise a strategy to restore peace in the province and federal institutions also assist provincial institutions for bringing stability in the province.

Debating on the resolution, Sheik Jafar Khan Mandokhel said that law and order situation of Balochistan had badly deteriorated which could be gauged from the fact that he had sent his two sons outside from Balochistan for studies. "I had to send them to their educational institutions along with security guards and no one can get education under the shadow of Kalashnikov," he remarked.

He said that without security guards travelling on Quetta-Karachi highway was impossible and improving law and order was government's responsibility.

The CM expressed his displeasures over some remarks of Jaffar Khan Mandokhel and said, "I challenge Sheikh Jafar Khan Mandokhel or anybody else that if he could improve law and order within three months I would leave chief ministers–ship and go home."

He said that if law and order is worse in the province and people were being kidnapped for ransom then it was the issue of entire country since such incidents were happening throughout the country.

Provincial Irrigation Minister Sardar Aslam Bizenjo said that the law and order situation of Balochistan started aggravating in the regime of Pervez Musharraf and people went missing and their decomposed dead bodies were found dumped. "Relatives of missing persons and relatives of those whose beloved ones mutilated dead bodies were recovered, never held responsible Balochistan government for it," he added.

He said that the chief justice of Pakistan should also focus that the law and order situation of Balochistan was worsening not due to provincial government rather owing to policies of the federal government and foreign interference.

He was also of the view that Balochistan had become a battle ground for two ideological rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran who carry out revengeful acts against each other "There is interference of US and India in the province and we cannot blame Afghanistan," he added.


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