Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Stresses Security and Development in Balochistan

Quetta: During a comprehensive briefing at the Chief Minister’s House, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), underscored the critical need to defeat terrorism to safeguard national security and promote peace in Balochistan. He advocated for robust political processes at the grassroots level to stabilize the region effectively.

According to Pakistan Peoples Party, Zardari emphasized that Balochistan’s development and prosperity are of paramount importance to the PPP. The party is committed to creating policies that holistically enhance the welfare of the province’s residents. Zardari praised the launch of Balochistan’s first youth policy, urging rapid and complete implementation to provide substantial opportunities for local youth.

The meeting also addressed the need for immediate advancement in health projects and accelerated construction of housing for victims of the 2022 floods. Zardari called for significant improvements to Balochistan’s infrastructure to bolster communication and public services from Gwadar to Quetta and Sibi to Jaffarabad.

During his visit, Zardari was briefed on various social development initiatives included in the 2024-2025 financial year budget. These initiatives encompass law and order, development, and public health efforts, featuring key projects like the Benazir Bhutto Scholarship Program, People’s Air Ambulance, and the establishment of branches for the NICVD and Gambat Liver Transplant Center.

The education development budget for Balochistan has been increased by 300 percent, with the health development budget also seeing a significant rise of 129 percent. New programs such as Health-on-Wheels aim to extend healthcare services to remote areas, alongside efforts to provide free medication to cancer patients. Additionally, The meeting detailed projects converting agricultural tube wells to solar energy and providing green tractors to support local agriculture.

The briefing highlighted financial supports such as the allocation of four billion rupees for interest-free loans to unemployed graduates and training programs under the Youth Skills Development Program, aiming to prepare 30,000 youths for employment opportunities abroad. A new scholarship initiative will also support Balochistani students pursuing PhDs in science at over 200 international universities.

Zardari’s two-day visit included a one-on-one meeting with Chief Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti, focusing on these developmental strategies and the ongoing efforts to enhance the province’s stability and prosperity.