Quetta: Construction of boundary wall around Balochistan Assembly for security reasons has put serious question marks on the claims of Balochistan government that security situation has improved in Quetta.
In a meeting held at Balochistan Assembly it has been decided that a boundary wall would be built around Balochistan Assembly building and MPA hostel, which are situated at intersection point of Zarghoon road and Hali road.
According to documents available with Balochistan Voices Secretary Balochistan Assembly had written to Finance Committee to approve an amount of 131.599 million rupees for construction of boundary wall.
Balochistan Voices has learnt that Finance Committee has approved the amount and tenders would be floated soon for construction of boundary wall.
This revelation has put serious question marks on the repeated claims of Balochistan government that security situation in Quetta has been greatly improved. Sources within Balochistan government told Balochistan Voices on condition of anonymity that construction of boundary wall is negation of all claims of security improvement.
There are question marks on security threats to Balochistan Assembly because it’s situated in high secured zone adjacent to Balochistan High Court and Frontier Corps (FC) Headquarters.
Citizens of Quetta have also raised concerns that construction of boundary wall around Balochistan Assembly will destroy the beauty of the building which is heritage of province.
“Balochistan Assembly is a symbol for Balochistan like Minar-e-Pakistan is for Punjab and construction of boundary wall will affect the view of the building adversely,” Siddique Ali, a resident of Quetta told Balochistan Voices.
Boundary wall is just a pretext to reward someone in form of a lucrative construction contract – Citizens
Citizens are also questioning the real need of this boundary wall which in their opinion is a waste of Taxpayer’s money. Mr. Ali alleged that this boundary wall is just a pretext to reward someone in form of a lucrative construction contract.
A source within Balochistan Assembly told Balochistan Voices on condition of anonymity that the idea of boundary wall around Assembly was under construction since 2013.
“Former speaker Jan Jamali resisted the wall because it would affect the heritage of the building and incumbent speaker accepted the plan,” said the source.
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