No such report declaring Balochistan as world’s poorest province: minister


ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan on Monday informed the Senate that no report exists to declare Balochistan as the poorest province in the world.

Responding to a Calling Attention Notice about the report of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) according to which, Balochistan has been declared as the poorest province in the world, he said that no such report exists.

The minister said that UNDP worked with the previous government in 2016 and some figure was published by a daily newspaper in 2018 about the various areas.

There is no truth that some report exists declaring Balochistan as the poorest province, he added.

The minister said that Aghaz Haqooq Balochistan package was announced by the PPP government and since then previous governments released billions of rupees for development of the province under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

He said that more efforts would be made by the incumbent government for the development of the province and rumors on the way of development to be countered.