Efforts under way for talks with insurgents: Dr Malik

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QUETTA, Dec 9: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that insurgency in the province can be ended through dialogue. Speaking to officers attending a senior management course here on Monday, he pointed out that all the pervious insurgencies had been controlled through talks. Mr Malik said his government was trying to initiate talks with disgruntled Baloch leaders to find a solution to the Balochistan issue. The chief minister said the Balochistan government had appointed Senator Raza Rabbani as legal consultant to guide it in implementing the 18th Amendment. He said the provincial government had ensured transparent distribution of relief goods among survivors of the recent earthquake in Awaran and Kech, maintained peace during Muharram and successfully held local bodies’ elections.

The chief minister said highways in the province had been made safe and police and Levies force had been invigorated to curb crime.

He said steps had also been taken to improve the province’s reputation with regard to corruption. The provincial government was making efforts to eliminate poverty and was focusing on education, health, mining, agriculture and livestock sectors, he said, adding that plans were afoot to build 200 dams in the province.

The chief minister said a donors’ conference would be organised soon and protection would be provided to investors in the province.