KARACHI: “The real issue of Balochistan is not the lack of resources but the unjust distribution of resources. Balochistan has vast coal reserves which can provide the whole province uninterrupted electricity.” Dr. Qaiser Bengali
Balochistan is rich with mineral resources. The real issue of Balochistan is not the lack of resources but the unjust distribution of resources. Vision, planning and right direction are the essential features for development. Feudal political system in Sindh and Balochistan is one of the biggest hurdles in the development. Due to the socio political divide in Balochistan, no party is able to attain simple majority to form the government.
Balochistan covers the 45 percent of the total area of Pakistan but only comprises 5 percent of the total population of the country, to whom provision of basic facilities is not uphill but is very much possible with the help of visionary leadership and policies. These views were expressed by Advisor to the CM Balochistan Dr. Kaiser Bengali while addressing at a lecture under Dr. Ahsan Rasheed Memorial Lecture Series Applied Economics Research Centre KU entitled “Development Vision and Strategy for Regional Development: Case of Balochistan” today at AERC KU.
Dr. Bengali added that Roads are very poor in Balochistan which and it needs to be modernized. Development of Balochistan is highly practical and sectors like transportation, infrastructure development, energy, education and health are among the top priorities of the provincial government. In Pakistan a large proportion of development budget and funds is wasted due to lack of planning and incompetent policy makers. Balochistan has vast coal reserves which can provide the whole province uninterrupted electricity.
The feudal political mindset can only be eliminated with providing better and substitute employment opportunities and it would be the first step towards sustainable development. Political awareness is day by day deepening in Balochistan as the province organized local body elections way back two years before and they were held in a very peaceful environment. Quetta is now a very peaceful city. Balochistan could be developed taking full use of its resources and formulation of visionary and dynamic development policies. The session was presided by the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Moonis Ahmar while Dr. Samina Khalil presented the vote of thanks.