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No clash among institutions: PM Ashraf

10 November, 2012

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QUETTA: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said there is no clash between state institutions, and each one was working within its own parameters.

"Some people are trying to create this impression, which is totally wrong," Raja said while talking to media at the inaugural session of Civic Centre in Gwadar. He further said that the army had built roads and provided security to Gwadar port.

Terming Balochistan the most important province of Pakistan and its people patriots, Raja said that when he took charge as prime minister, he had a lot in his mind about the province.

The prime minister strongly dispelled the impression of any clash among the state institutions and said the challenges the country was facing could be addressed with unity and greater understanding. He said all the state institutions were working with the sole objective of serving the nation and building a strong Pakistan. "We will have to understand who is interested in creating dissent and division among the institutions and who will gain from their division," the prime minister stressed.

He said democracy had been derailed several times in the past and after numerous sacrifices it was now back on track. He, however, regretted that all this led to loss of precious time. "Democracy is still nascent and may still have all its weaknesses and problems, but it is gaining strength. We are passing through a phase of evolution and are trying to learn from our mistakes," the prime minister said. He said that in his first address to the National Assembly, he stated his priorities that included development of Balochistan, and added the four provincial entities make Pakistan strong and vibrant.

He said Balochistan being the largest province of the country was rich with mineral wealth and natural resources and it was the land of people who were courageous and loved their culture, traditions and the country. The prime minister categorically stated that no one should have an iota of doubt that Balochistan does not have any importance in national priorities and termed it the most important province of the country. The prime minister said it was time to forget the past and move together for a brighter future. He acknowledged that in the past certain things have been said and acts were done that created some misunderstandings amongst the people. However he vowed that with greater understanding all such differences would be resolved to mutual satisfaction of all.

He noted that Pakistan was bestowed with the big coast of Gwadar and utmost benefits should be exacted out of it. Gwadar port, he stated, would be beneficial for Balochistan. "Nobody should be concerned about Balochistan. Pakistan and Balochistan are essential components of each other and the resources of Balochistan would be spent on people of Balochistan," the premier stressed.

He said that certain elements were trying to create law and order problems in Balochistan to create further deprivation, but the province was making strides of development which, he said, was equivalent to Pakistan's development. PM Raja said that an impression was being created that there was a clash among the institutions, adding that he wanted to make it clear that political parties, media, civil society and lawyers played a crucial role in the independence of judiciary.

Calling the people of Balochistan patriots, he said that certain people were trying to create an impression that something was happening in Balochistan but in fact nothing was happening there. He said that democracy had been restored in the country after painstaking efforts; certain elements attempted to derail the process but they failed.

PM Raja also announced regularisation of all the employees working in Gwadar Port and Shipping Corporation, merger of the Fish Harbour Gwadar into Gwadar Port Authority and declared Gwadar Port a deep-sea port. He said that he had already released funds for Kachhi Canal and Rethodero projects and directed completion of the projects at the earliest.

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