QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri, at a flag-hoisting ceremony in Balochistan assembly on Sunday, paid homage to the victims of the Quetta blast and vowed to stand resolute against the enemies.
Addressing the provincial assembly on the occasion of Independence Day, chief guest CM Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri expressed solidarity with the victims of the Quetta tragedy and said the entire nation was grieving the incident, which killed 73 and injured more than 120 last week.
“Our province today faces the menace of terrorism and it is a challenge for us to root it out,” Sanaullah Zehri said, adding that the province will not back down from the challenge.
He said that the problems of democracy can only be solved through democracy and invited outsiders to hold negotiations with the provincial government to work toward resolving the issues.
“Today’s Balochistan is different from the Balochistan of the past,” CM Sanaullah Zehri said. He vowed to eliminate corruption from the province and said that the province’s resources will be deployed in the interests of the citizens.
He said that compared to the past, the current provincial and federal governments enjoy better relations.
“We will correct mistakes from the past and adopt a more positive attitude toward solving the problems going forward,” he said.
Sanaullah Zehri further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking special interest in the matters of Balochistan and will continue to support the province in the future as well.
The ceremony was attended by Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz, Inspector-General Frontier Corps Maj-Gen Sher Afgan, Speaker Assembly Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani and other ministers and members of the assembly.