Federal Cabinet decides to set up judicial commission to probe Bugti’s killing

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said Wednesday that federal cabinet meeting held in the provincial capital decided to set up a judicial commission headed by a judge of the Supreme Court to conduct probe into the killing of veteran Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Addressing a press conference after the federal cabinet meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat here, she said: “Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and the federal cabinet took decision that a judicial commission headed by judge of the Supreme Court will investigate the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti”.

Elaborating another decision of the federal cabinet meeting, she said that the Prime Minister has directed to recruit with immediate effect against over 6700 posts of the federal government on Balochistan quota.

“The Prime Minister has ordered that a selection board will conduct test and walk in interviews of the recruitment process within one day in Quetta after an advertisement through newspapers,” she said.

The minister said that the step would give a message to the Balochistan’s youth that government was serious to address their problems.

To a question about observance of merit in new recruitments on Balochistan quota jobs at federal level, she said that all recruitments will be done on merit; otherwise, the purpose of the Prim Minister’s initiative will not be served.

The minister said that under the devolution plan, the federal government had devolved several departments including health, education, environment, sports, women development, food and agriculture and this would help create more job opportunities in Balochistan.

She said that after the devolution plan, it is also responsibility of the provinces to take serious steps to resolve their issues of poverty, unemployment and law and order. The federal government was always there to support the provinces in their efforts to fight poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, inflation and improve law and order situation, she added.

“Provincial autonomy was dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto which was fulfilled by the government of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani,” Dr.Firdous added.

Dr Firdous said that after the passage of 18th Amendment, Balochistan would get its share in gas, petroleum and other mines and minerals.

The minister said the Prime Minister had directed to relax job criteria for youth of Balochistan in respect of age, education and others.

She said that federal cabinet meeting reviewed one-point agenda of development in connection with implementation of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package.

Dr Firdous said that about 65 per cent points of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan have been implemented while the work for implementing the remaining points was in progress.

The minister said the government was taking measures to ensure security and protection to life and property of people of Balochistan by improving law and order.