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Reko Diq, which means sandy peak in the Balochi language, is a small town in Chagai district in Balochis­tan. — Abdul Razique/File Reko Diq, which means sandy peak in the Balochi language, is a small town in Chagai district in Balochis­tan. — Abdul Razique/File

The Federal Govt. has no right to decide on Reko Diq: Sana Baloch

QUETTA: Opposition members in Balochistan Assembly Session presided by Speaker Qudus Bizenjo alleged provincial government for neglecting people effected by snowfall and torrential rains in Balochistan.

“Despite the Metrological department’s early warnings, the provincial government and PDMA did nothing for people affected by heavy snowfall and rains in Balochistan while people stranded in snow-hit areas remained helpless for days.” Opposition Leader Malik Sikandar Advocate said while addressing BA session on Thursday.

“Provincial Disaster Management Authority restored main highways but the roads connecting the remote areas with the National Highways are yet to be restored after weeks of snowfall and downpour.” and people affected by previous rain and snowfall still waiting for government’s compensation. said Malik Sikandar.

Sharing views on inflation and corruption in government departments, the opposition leader said, the people of Sindh and Punjab have been provided with job opportunities in private sectors but Balochistan deprived of both industries and private jobs.

“Burgeoning inflation has pushed the majority of people in Balochistan below the poverty line, with more irony Federal Government announced more taxes.” He added.

“Unfortunately in Balochistan, law and order being implemented on poor and weak but powerful mafia blatantly violating law that fostering corrupt practices in the province.” Malik Sikandar Advocate added.

Speaker Qudus Bizenjo directed Secretary Assembly to ensure presence of Secretary Home and PDMA officials in the Assembly during next session.

Taking part in the debate over damages of Snowfall and downpour the Parliamentary Leader of BNP Mengal Malik Naseer Khan Shahwani said, 26 districts of Balochistan were affected by snowfall and rains but despite early predictions the provincial government did nothing for the affected people in Balochistan.

“Hundreds of people including women children stranded in highways due to heavy snowfall but government’s machinery responded with prolong delays,” Shahwani added.

Calling the house attention over Prime Minister’s statement regarding the gold wealth of Reko Diq, the BNP’s Sana Baloch said, every single ruler in center has always expressed its will, to steal the natural wealth of Balochistan.

“Today country’s fiscal debt has hiked to 35000 billion rupees while the total wealth of Reko Diq is estimated at 77000 billion rupees,” added Sana Baloch. “If the Federal Government hands over Reko Diq to private companies that would be the violation of the constitution of Pakistan because following the 18th amendment, Balochistan owes its natural wealth, therefore, the Federal Government has no right to take the decision on our resources.”

Sana Baloch has urged all political parties having representation in the National Assembly and Senate to raise this issue at every forum.

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