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President Alvi to visit Quetta today

President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi will arrive in Quetta on Monday (today) on a two day visit to the provincial capital of Balochistan. 

The president will hold meetings with Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha and Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. He will also meet local lawmakers and discuss the political and economic situation in the province. He will attend various functions regarding women’s empowerment and awareness about breast cancer.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of work on the development projects under the Southern Balochistan Development Package and directed the concerned provincial authorities to hold the Apex Committee meeting every month to review the projects’ execution.

PM Imran Khan also instructed for holding the meeting of the execution committee fortnightly to speed up work on 200 development projects worth Rs. 655 billion. He was informed hat that only one meeting of the Apex Committee was held in a year which was headed by the chief minister of the province.

The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to complete Turbat Airport and build two nursing colleges in Gwadar and Turbat at the earliest. He said that he would personally hold review committee meetings every month to remove impediments in the completion of the development projects.

He noted that the issues faced by Balochistan were different from the rest of the country as its population was scattered, and due to the long distance between the localities, the government would have to find out-of-the-box solutions to improve the lives of the people of Balochistan.

He directed ministries of planning, energy, maritime affairs, and the Government of Balochistan to work in close coordination to accelerate the work on transport, energy and infrastructure projects under the package.