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Friday, January 15, 2010

Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan. (2010-02)

On Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan:- Commemorative Postage Stamp:- 11th January 2010.
Balochistan, the least populated province of Pakistan is rich in minerals and natural resources. The province has an important significance for the country due to its strategic, economic and rich natural resource reserves Balochistan province has a snse of deprivation, both politically and economically. A feeling was prevailing among people of Balochistan that they were deprived of their rights.
Mindful of history of Balochistan in the affairs of Federation, the president democratic Government is striving hard to address issues and grievances of the people of Balochistan by giving provincial autonomy and initiating other such measures. Presentation of a comprehensive Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package is a part of the concerted efforts being launched by the Government in this regard.
Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package has been tabled by the Government in the joint session of the Parliament on 247-11-2009, the salient features of which are delineated as under:-
i. The Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package has 39 Clauses about constitutional matters, political issues, administrative matters, economic issues and on the procedure of monitoring.
ii. Under this package, talks would be started with the Balochistan Political forces to bring them in the mainstream except those who are involved in the terrorist incidents.
iii. Withdrawal of Army from Sui and Kohlu areas, halting the Cantonments in the area and replacing Army by F.C.
iv. Search of missing persons of Balochistan.
v. Creation of extra 5,000 jobs for the Balochistan people in the Government and other such organizations.
vi. Creation of free trade zone in Gwadar where all posts in BS-1 to BS-16 will be filled up by locals.
vii. For development of Gwadar, most of the local qualified contractors will be given preference.
viii. There shall be uniform price of gas throughout the country for calculation of gas development surcharge.
ix. Giving special incentive to the local tribes of Kohlu district to facilitate the exploration of gas in the area.
x. Provision of Rs. 1 Billion by the Federal Government for rehabilitation and settlement of IDPs from Dera Bugti.
xi. Implementation of resolution passed by the Balochistan Assembly in 2002. The powers of carrying any amendments in Local Bodies System has been awarded to Provincial Government.
xii. Review of the role of Federal Government Agencies in the province by Federal Government.
xiii. Placing of Frontier Corpse and Coasts Guards under Chief Minister of Balochistan.
xiv. Taking back powers given to F.C. under the Customs Acts.
xv. Construction of small Dams in Quetta, Pashin, Qila Abdullah, Qila Saifullah, Zhob and other places to cater the unremitting needs.
xvi. Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package will certainly pave the way for not only resolving the socio economic and political problems of Balochistan but it would also open a new era of development. Gwadar Port is important for the economy of Balochistan and the country.
On Aaghaz-e-Haqeeq-e-Balochistan, Pakistan Post is issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.8/- on 11th January, 2010.