European Union Ambassador Calls on Speaker Aslam Bhootani
QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly Speaker Aslam Bhootani has said that Pakistan is paying a heavy price in the ongoing war against terror, as thousands of civilians and security personnel have sacrificed their lives in the conflict. Talking to EU Ambassador to Pakistan Lars Gunner Wigemark, who called on him here on Wednesday, he said that Pakistani people and security forces had rendered the sacrifices for restoring peace in the world. The speaker apprised the ambassador of the steps being taken by the government for maintaining peace and order and bringing prosperity to the province. He said that financial problems of the Balochistan government had been reduced after the announcement of the National Finance Commission Award. He said that work the ongoing development projects was in progress after provision of funds. Mr Bhootani briefed Mr Wigemark about the proceedings and history of the Balochistan Assembly. The ambassador said that the assemblies provided a base for democracy. While referring to the European Union funding in various development projects in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he assured the speaker that the EU would extend all help and assistance in the development process of Balochistan.