Balochistan’s Enraged Governor Thunders Against Federal Government’s Policies

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: The Governor of Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has scathingly criticized the federal government for continuously failing to fulfill its promises with his impoverished province. The Governor says Islamabad’s flawed policies toward Balochistan are making it “nearly impossible” for moderate local politicians to defend the Center in front of the people.

In a media statement issued here on Tuesday, the Governor said not only had the federal government totally failed to mitigate Balochistan’s sense of deprivation but the Center had begun to take away those rights of Balochistan which were previously enshrined and guaranteed in the Pakistani Constitution.

He said the federal government had failed to implement the Afghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package and now the province was facing discrimination in the water distribution which was leading to serious problems for the farmers of Balochistan. The Governor objected to the the current distribution practice under Indus River System Authority (IRSA) which was leading to usurpation of Balochistan’s water.

“Balochistan’s water level has significantly declined while the season for the cultivation of rice is fast passing. The farmers in Balochistan are in the brink of starvation,” he pointed out, adding that meetings of Balochistan ministers with the Sindh chief minister and representatives of the central government did not lead to resolving the province’s water crisis.

The Governor said the federal government’s claims about developing Balochistan and improving the situation were limited to mere  newspaper statements whereas the ground situation showed that the problems of the province were increasing day by day because of Central government’s lack of interest to address these issues.

“The Chief Minister of Balochistan has said time and again that he is tired of visiting Islamabad to discuss Balochistan’s problems with the Central government but our problems remain unnoticed and unresolved. The federal government should tell us what to do if it is not willing to listen to our problems. The current state of affairs only encourages those who are doing “negative politics”,” said the Governor while referring to the Baloch separatists.

Published in The Baloch Hal on July 4, 2012