AugustJam Kamal Khan was sworn in as the Balochistan chief minister (CM) on Sunday in a ceremony held at the Governor House in Quetta, making him the 16th leader of the Balochistan Assembly. Governor of BalochistanMuhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath to Jam Kaml Khan as Chief Minister Balochistan. The oath taking ceremony was attended by the provincial assembly speaker Mir Abdul Qudoos Biznjo, deputy speaker Sardar Babar Mushakhel and other elected members of the provincial assembly. The ministers from the caretaker cabinet, tribal elders and high-ranking officials were also present on the occasion.
JulyGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has strongly condemned terrorists attacks in Mustang and Bannu. He has expressed deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in the blasts. Governor Balochistan directed for providing the best medical facilities to the injured. Governor expressed sympathy with families of martyrs and prayed for early recovery of the injured ones.
JulyThe funeral prayer of leader of Balochistan Awami Party Nawabzada Mir Siraj Raisani, who was martyred in the tragic Mastung incident, was offered at Moosa Stadium in Quetta Cantt on Saturday. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Caretaker Chief Minister Balochistan Allauddin Marri also attended funeral prayer. A large number of political and tribal elders, local residents, high ranking officials and hundreds of people were also present on the occasion.
JuneThe eleven member cabinet of caretaker Balochistan Government was sworn in on Tuesday at a ceremony held at Governor House. Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath to the eleven-member interim cabinet which is responsible to administer the provincial matters and conduct free and fair elections until next government takes the oath. The interim cabinet of province includes Abdul Salam Khan, Manzoor Hussain, Imam Buksh Baloch, Malik Inayat Kasi, Dr Nasrullah Khilji, Farzana Baloch, Agha Umar Bangulzai, Naveed Kalmati, Khalil Ahmed, Khurram Shehzad and Faizullah Kakar. Chief Minister Balochistan Allauddin Muree, political figures and government officials were also present on the occasion.
MayGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) is future of entire region’s economic development. With completion of this project entire region especially Pakistan will become center of trade and economic activities. He said that CPEC is part of People’s Republic of China’s Road and Belt project, which will connect the world’s economic and trade activities as well as provide alternate route to Central Asia and the Middle East through land. There are many expectations from CPEC, Governor Balochistan said while speaking to Chinese ambassador Yao Jing in Governor House Quetta. Muhammad khan Achakzai urged on utilizing the vast opportunities through collective measures at regional level. Pakistan and china are bonded with deep friendly relations that will be strengthening with the passage of time. Balochistan is in rich with huge natural resources as well as high Geographical importance, which creates opportunities of investment and trade”, Governor said. Ongoing development, water crises, establishment of modern industries in the province and regional situation was also part of the dialogue during the meeting. Balochistan is vast in terms of land but its population is scattered. Balochistan can provide connectivity through land route to Central Asia, Governor of Balochistan said. On the occasion, Chinese ambassador Yau jing thanked the Governor for his well wishes to china and said that china sees Pakistan’s friendship close to its heart. China seeks collaboration with Pakistan in the implementation of Projects like CPEC. Chinese ambassador also briefed Governor about the ongoing projects of CPEC and future plans in the development sector. Meeting between the Governor and Chinese ambassador ended with exchanges of gifts and shields.
MayGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that rule of law is must for progress and prosperity of any society. He was talking to a delegation of lawyers, who called on him at Governor House in Quetta on Sunday. Achakzai said that the menace of terrorism and crimes could only be overcome by establishing rule of law in the society. The Governor said that both Bar and bench are part and parcel of each other and both of them jointly work for supremacy of law. Achakzai commended establishment of two new benches of Balochistan High Court in Khuzdar and Loralai districts. He added that establishment of both the benches would help in disposing of the pending cases and provision of in expensive justice to the people at their door steps.
MayGovernor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai has said that political, economic and administrative reforms of a society depend upon welfare and prosperity of the people. These views were expressed while addressing a one seminar in Quetta which was organized by Dil Jan Foundation and Kuchlak Welfare Society. Addressing the participants of seminar, he said that reforms in health, education and public health sectors should be introduced to provide maximum benefit to people across the province. He said that the true spirit of democracy is to have respect for the difference. The area of Balochistan is huge with scattered population that’s why it is quite difficult task to provide the basic facilities to dwellers of the province. Chairman of Dil Jan Foundation and ex IG police of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa threw light upon the aims and objectives of the foundation. Head of Kuchlak Welfare society also addressed the participants. Later on Governor Balochistan distributed shields among the philanthropists.
AprilA simple but graceful oath-taking ceremony was held at the Governor House here on Sunday. The Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, administered the oath to member of provincial assembly Mir Amanullah Nothezai as provincial minister. Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddos Bezanjo, parliamentarians and other officials also attended the oath taking ceremony.
MarchGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said maintenance of financial discipline and transparency in the government departments in, the Audit General of Pakistan is of key importance to overcome financial irregularities ensuring use of quality material in construction and stopping wastage of development funds very much necessary. He said pinpointing irregularities in annual audit reports and performance reports help ending corruption. He was speaking with DG Audit Balochistan Mehmood Aamir who called on him at Governor House here Wednesday. DG Audit briefed Governor of performance of the department and presented annual report of 2016-17. Governor Achakzai while appreciating recovery of billions of Rupees said that it is good sign however still more measures are needed to overcome irregularities and ensuring transparency at the government departments so that possibility of irregularities is minimum. He also gave suggestions of saving wastage of development funds.
MarchGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said we have to come forward to assist poor and needy people of the society. These views were expressed while presiding over the annual review meeting of Red Crescent Balochistan in Quetta. Governor said that Red Crescent should extend its activities and ensure effective presence in every district of the Balochistan. In this connection the services of boy scouts and girls guides can be easily utilized. Governor expressed satisfaction that recently established Gwadar Red Crescent Emergency Care Centre in Gwadar will play an important role in providing better health facilities to people. On this occasion, Chairman Balochistan Red Crescent apprised Governor about performance of the Balochistan Red Crescent and it future strategy.
MarchMarch 23 is of great significance in our national history because on this day in 1940 historic Pakistan Day resolution was adopted and Muslims of Sub-continent had launched a struggle for separate homeland for them and after seven years untiring struggle and immense sacrifices they were succeeded in securing separate homeland Pakistan. These views were expressed by Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai in his message on Pakistan Day i.e. March 23, being observed Friday. He said that we should repledge our commitment today to maintain complete unity. We would work for national solidarity, stability and development of country jointly and would be ready for all sorts of sacrifices. He also congratulated countrymen on this occasion and prayed for security of the country.
MarchGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai said Balochistan is very rich in natural resources and after the establishment of more Industrial Zones would be helpful for the uplift of the province. He expressed these views while addressing the ceremony held in connection with the establishment of the Bostan Industrial Estate/zone. Chief Secretary Balochistan Aurangzeb Haq, Commissioner Quetta Division Amjad Ali Khan, Director General Industries and Commerce Balochistan Ms. Saira Atta and tribal elders of the concerned area were also present on the occasion. He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a key project for establishment & development of economic zone in province. He said that accomplishment of industrial zones will start a new era of development and prosperity in the region, upholding economic and commercial activities. Governor Balochistan while inspecting ongoing development projects in Bostan Industrial zone said that all relevant departments must ensure provision of basic infrastructure for rapid development and expansion of this industrial region. He directed Chief Secretary Balochistan to ensure immediately electricity, gas, water and other basic facilities of life to the people of the area. Governor Balochistan stressed upon for the construction of National highways and transport system to connect Bostan industrial zone to other parts of the province. Governor Balochistan thanked the tribal elders of the Boston division for their full support and cooperation in establishing Boston industrial zone. DG Industries and Commerce Balochistan Ms. Saira Atta while briefing Governor Balochistan about Bostan Industrial Zone, said that construction of roads and development projects including supply of electricity, gas and water will be completed in the first phase.
MarchBalochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said Pakistan and Australia have pleasant friendly ties. Due to the pleasant mutual cooperation, bilateral relations would further be stabilized. He expressed these views during his meeting with Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms Margaret Adamson here Wednesday. Governor told that Balochistan is of great significance owing to its unique geostatic location, long coast and precious resources and minerals. In view of long cost maintenance of law and order is difficult. However Armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies sacrifices, atmosphere for development and law and order situation has greatly improved. It is good sign that there are vast opportunities for investment in different sectors particularly in the background of China Pakistan Economic Corridor more cooperation would be required in the sector of Science and Technology. Governor said that international cooperation and investment would help overcome depleting water level and development of human resources and economic activities. He said agriculture and livestock here in province depend upon rains. There is dire need for raising underground water level due to new situation and growing human needs. Australian High Commissioner said that several sectors particularly education, agriculture and irrigation are matter of interest for Australia. She also appreciated government for improving situation.
FebruaryBalochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai has said that the mother language of any nation is its first identity and nations become weaker when their languages weaken. Speaking at a seminar on International Mother Language Day here on Wednesday he said practical steps should be taken for the promotion of the mother tongue and making it social, trade and mass communication language instead of just showing love for and affiliation with it. He underlined the need for giving regional languages such as Pashto, Balochi and Brohvi, which were considered old languages in history, the status of national languages. He said mother language plays a very important role not only in developing initial understanding of a child but also as his first identity. Governor said that acquisition of education in one's mother language is the basic right of the person, the charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of Pakistan both guarantee this. He said that the former provincial government took a revolutionary decision of making mother languages part of a curriculum, upholding the significance and cultural values of the native languages. Governor appreciated the efforts of organizers for conducting such a successful function in connection with international Mother Language Day at Quetta Press Club. On this occasion, various researchers, intellectuals and poets of Pashto, Balochi, Brahvi and Hazarghi also graced the function while presenting their research papers.
FebruaryGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has condoled the death of well-known lawyer, social activist and former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir. In his condolence message he has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Asma Jahangir and said that her role in Pakistan for the supremacy of constitution, promotion of democratic values is unforgettable. He said that her efforts for women and human rights would be remembered in good words in history of Pakistan. He prayed for eternal peace of departed soul and give patience and courage to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
JanurayPresident of Azad Jammu Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan called on Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai here on Wednesday at Governor House Quetta. During the meeting, matters related to the current situation in Kashmir and over all political significance issues of the country were discussed. Governor said that the Kashmir issue must be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir. He vows Pakistan’s moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiries.
JanurayMir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo took oath as the new Chief Minister of Balochistan at a ceremony held here at Governor House on Saturday. Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered the oath to the chief minister of the province. Meanwhile, a 14-member provincial cabinets including Tahir Mehmood, Sardar Sarfaraz Khan Domki, Nawab Jangaiz Khan Marri, Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Raht Bibi Jamali, Mir Abdul Majid Abro, Mir Asim Kurd Gello, Mir Amir Rind, Mir Ghulam Dastagir Badeni, Muhammad Akbar Askani, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhail, Syed Agha Raza Hazara, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar and Prince Ahmed Ali were also sworn of their ministries. The portfolios of these newly sworn in as provincial ministers will be announced later. The Speaker of BA, members of Balochistan Assembly, Chief Secretary Balochistan, IG police & civil officials were also present during the oath taking ceremony.
JanurayGovernor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has strongly condemned the terrorist attack targeting security personnel on GPO Chowk Zarghoon road Quetta. He said each and every form of terrorism is condemnable and we will not allow anyone destabilizing the peaceful situation and prevailing pain & panic among the people.A day is not for when we as nation will come over terrorism with our unity. He urged the law enforcement agencies to arrest the culprits at the earliest. Governor directed the concerned officials to provide the full medical facilities to the injured ones. He prayed for early recovery of wounded ones and expressed the sympathies with bereaved families.
JanurayGovernor Baluchistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has chaired meeting of Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF) Board of Directors at Governor House here Friday. Speaker Baluchistan Ms Rahila Durrani, Education Minister Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Chief Secretary Aurangzeb Haq and members of the board attended the meeting. Meeting reviewed the performance of Baluchistan Education Foundation, provision of funds for building new schools, possibility of poor students’ access to education in the province, improving monitoring mechanism, regulation and registration of private schools. In the light of recommendations and suggestions several important decisions were taken.