Pak Affairs

No agreement made with China regarding handing over of Gwadar port: PM

QUETTA: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that no agreement has been made to hand over Gwadar Port to China adding that we want good relations with all our neighbors including India. Addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister Balochistan and Interior Minister Rehman Malik Prime Minister said China is an important friend and ally of Pakistan but no agreement has been made regarding giving control of Gwadar port and the statement of Defense Minister in this regard was in what context he does not know.

He said we already have an agreement with Singapore regarding Gwadar port Administration which is still continuing and we can only sign an agreement with an another country after this agreement expires. He said that next session of federal cabinet would be held in Quetta and he himself would visit Balochistan every month to review the development projects.

Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package. He said under this package 5000 Baloch youngsters have been provided employment and 20,000 more youths will be given employment.

He said that it is our endeavor that more and more Baloch youngsters are given employment not only in the province but also in federal capital. He said that the authority to appoint 20 to 21 grade officers lies with the commission, which is headed by Rana Bhagwan Daas adding that if it was up to him he would employ Balochs at these posts.

PM further said that the prosperity, security, development of Balochistan is on top priority of the federal government. He said that the Army has been removed from those places, which we promised, and FC has taken over. PM said under the NFC Award Balochistan has gained much and the federal government would ensure judicious division of resources.

PM said that Pakistan is playing important role in war against terrorism. He said that war on terror was not an ordinary war, but a guerilla war with international repercussions. He said that the government wanted that the country’s land should not be used for terrorism.

He said that U.S. Secretary of State has been apprised of resolution passed by the Parliament and we have made it clear that we should be provided drone technology. Regarding the killing of Al-qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri Prime Minister said that his killing has been confirmed by the U.S. and we as well as the US have reservations regarding presence of Al-qaida associates in Pakistan and we will not allow our soil to be used for terrorism acts.

He said that such people have no place in our country who are deteriorating the law and order situation. Answering to question, he said that Pakistan opts for good ties with all neighboring counties viz Saudi Arab, China even India, Iraq and Afghanistan. China always supported the country in difficult time, he added.

Responding to question regarding law and order situation Premier said that law and order situation is a global issue. Answering to question about Media freedom, Premier said that during regime of PPP judiciary and media are independent which was banned during previous government.

He said that late Benazir Bhutto ran a movement against bans and emergencies in the country as result she was made under arrest and he was sent to jail. He said that safety of the journalists has become vital priority of the government and steps are being taken to ensure freedom of media and judiciary according to vision of late Benazir Bhutto.

He said that the government has established a victim fund for the journalists and federal and provincial governments would make joint efforts for safety and prosperity of the journalists. Earlier addressing to ceremony here at Commandant and Staff College Quetta Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that all political parties need to stand on one platform and make joint efforts to combat challenges confronted by the country.

He said that Pakistan is playing vital role in war against terrorism and international community should acknowledge our sacrifices. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that reforms in energy sector are on top priority of the government while our power production capacity is 19000 megawatt.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that in wake of present power crisis, reforms in energy sector are government’s top priority. The premier further said that national issues have become global issues as world has become a global village and no one is isolated here. No country can resolve issues on its own and all issues are intertwined, he added

PM Yusuf Raza Gilani said that all issues turned new course after 9/11. He said that export has touched record level of $ 24 billion. He said that rates of commodities and POL have been increase. PM said that security has become vital issue. He further said that non-receipt of dues has increased circular debt and remittance have reached to record level of $ 12 billion.

He said that when PPP came into power it faced challenges but now they are following the policy of reconciliation to resolve the challenges. PM said that basic purpose of visiting Quetta was to take review of law and order situation in the region while federal and provincial governments; Law Enforcing agencies would make joint efforts to strengthen Balochistan Force.

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