Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that we have to accept that we are all responsible for the backwardness of Balochistan. Due to poor planning and lack of proper strategy in the past, Balochistan could not achieve development if resources were not properly provided. Had it been used, the condition of the province would have been much better today, while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the trade terminal at Pak-Afghan border Badini. Commander Southern Command Lt. Gen. Muhammad Wasim Ashraf, Provincial Ministers Zia Lango, Mitha Khan Kakar, Member Provincial Assembly Maulvi Noorullah, IGFC Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah were also present on the occasion while a large number of tribal elders from the area attended the function. The Chief Minister said has said that interests of the people have to be paramount in decision making and decisions have to be taken to rectify the mistakes made in the past. Problems cannot be solved by slogans alone but practical steps have to be taken by setting a clear direction for them. He said that all parties should be involved in advancing the development process mutual trust is essential. We have to strengthen the confidence of the people in the development process through our initiatives. He said that the biggest problem in Balochistan is the lack of communication which is an obstacle in the development process. We are paying close attention on construction, expansion and repair of roads for which significant funds have been allocated. Last year two and a half thousand kilometers of roads were constructed while this year three thousand kilometers of roads are being constructed to cater to the people involved in trade. He said that implementation of plans for setting up of trade terminals and border markets in the border areas of the province would create employment opportunities and increase economic activities. The Chief Minister said that the government has achieved record development in Balochistan in the last two years. Work has been done and more is being done. Credit for Balochistan’s development also goes to the provincial and federal governments, the Pakistan Army and the FC, who have assisted in advancing the development journey by ensuring peace. The Prime Minister, the Army Chief and the Armed Forces deserve congratulations we are working together for the development of Balochistan, he said that today every country in the world sees its benefit first and the people also think about what will happen to us and how our region will improve. If we move forward with these things in mind, then prosperity will come to all areas. The Chief Minister said that we are here today with a common goal, our goal is the prosperity of the people of the border areas. The Chief Minister said that we have been listening to the western route of CPEC for many years which has been put into reality by the present federal government for which we are thankful to Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that when the Western Route project costing Rs. 400 billion goes from Zhob, Quetta, Chaman to Gwadar and Karachi, it will bring with it development and prosperity. The Chief Minister has said that the provincial government is working on a number of projects to improve the living standards of the people. The Chief Minister further said that after the erection of the border fence in Badini, the lack of livelihood in the tribal areas adjacent to the border was acutely felt, and it has been decided to open trade terminal adding that FC Balochistan North has played a leading role in implementing the project in the form of Badini Terminal and the provincial government would play its full role for the success of the project. The Chief Minister while paying homage to the services of Pakistan Army and FC said that with their tireless work day and night they have started the ongoing fencing to secure the country’s border and work on this project has been completed to a large extent. The Chief Minister said that the installation of the fence has significantly reduced the incidence of terrorism in the country. Inshallah, all security agencies will work together to defend the province and the country’s border.
Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the plaque and formally inaugurated the project. The concerned officials briefed the Chief Minister about the project.