Some Baloch tribal chiefs run private armies, says Musharraf
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA
President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf has said that some tribal chiefs in Balochistan province run private armies and create law and order problems in the province.
In his address to the nation on state-run media on Tuesday night, he announced Pakistan would build five big reservoirs during the next five years and defer construction of the proposed Kalabagh dam in view of what he called the "lack of national consensus" thereon.
Underscoring the need to construct as many dams as possible to meet the country's rapidly growing water and energy requirements, he said that work on its biggest reservoir, Bhasha dam, would begin early next month.
Referring to a foreign media report, President Musharraf pointed out that Pakistan had the capacity to store water to meet a one-month need while India could store water for four months.
Going back to the Balochistan situation, President Musharraf said that some tribal chiefs ran private armies and paid them USD 100-120 per month thereby creating law and order problems in the province.
He was of the view that those chiefs received financial assistance from abroad and were opposed to massive development projects so that they could perpetuate their feudal hold on the people there.
President Musharraf made it clear that the government would enforce its writ and deal with the issue in an effective manner.
Regarding the relief and reconstruction operation in the earthquake-hit areas of Kashmir under Pakistan's control and North-West Frontier Province, he said that the government's efforts had been highly lauded by the international community.
He stressed that there has been a judicious and transparent use of funds in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation operations in Pakistan-held Kashmir and NWFP, the regions most devastated by the October 8 quake that claimed over 73,000 lives and caused injuries to some 0.4 million people.
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