DERA MURAD JAMALI: Balochistan is going to establish three new universities, six medical colleges, three boards of intermediate and recruit 4,000 teachers through National Testing System (NTS), says Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.

He was addressing a public gathering in Manjho Shori area.

On the occasion local tribal elder Mir Hasan Manjho announced to join National Party.

“We cannot bring improvement in education sector until we adopt the NTS for the recruitment of teachers and other government employees as this system helps in selecting talented, skilled and capable people, he said.

Abdul Malik stressed the need for ending corruption in the appointment of government employees.

The chief minister said work on drainage of Pat Feeder Canal was underway which would help in resolving the issue of water shortage for both domestic and agriculture purposes in eastern districts of Balochistan.

He issued directives for the upgradation of six schools of the area and said the government had fulfilled its promise of promoting education in backward areas of the province. The provincial government had increased education budget from 4 to 26 per cent, he added.

He instructed the commissioner of Nasirabad to submit a report about giving ownership rights of houses to the residents of Dera Murad Jamali.

He also issued directives for establishing vaccination centres to control the spread of hepatitis in the region.

National Party’s central General Secretary Dr Yasin Baloch, MNA Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, provincial Minister for Agriculture Sardar Aslam Bezinjo, MPAs, Dr Shama Ishaq and Yasmin Lehri and party leader Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi also spoke.

Meanwhile, talking to media personnel in Dera Allahyar after inaugurating a protective bank against floods, the chief minister said that the National Accountability Bureau was investigating the alleged embezzlement of funds allocated for the Pat Feeder Canal.

He said all political parties were committed to the continuation of democratic system in the country.

Abdul Malik criticised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and opposed what he called “his immature politics”.

Published in Dawn, December 3rd, 2014