QUETTA-Balochistan Assembly has demanded of the Federal govt for making no cut on the funds for five universities of Balochistan and immediate release of funds for them. The Assembly also asked the Balochistan government for providing one time grant of Rs 500 million for steering out universities from financial crisis. The House adopted two resolutions unanimously on Monday after a debate on an adjournment motion moved by Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel regarding financial crisis of universities of public sector in Balochistan. Legislators also strongly protested over what they said unending target killings of Pakhtuns in Karachi. The House started with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair after 35 minutes late from its scheduled time. Starting debate on adjournment motion, Jaffar Khan Mandokhel said that merely five universities were running in the province which were facing serious financial crisis because of delay in provision of funds by Higher Education Commission (HEC) besides massive cuts on their budgets by HEC. He said that owing to lack of funds universities were unable to provide salaries of their academic staff and meet other expenditures. He said that Rs 1427 million funds were needed to run the five varsities of the province while after a cut by the Federal government HEC had promised to provide Rs 837 million but delay is being made in release of the amount. He said that the universities of Balochistan were facing Rs 590 million losses and if required funds were not provided to them, academic activities could be affected. 'Balochistan is already lagging behind in education sector and any cut or delay in provision of funds would further aggravate the situation, he said, adding that under the pretext of lack of resources required funds are not being provided to universities of Balochistan but on the other hand there was no lack of funds for projects of Larkana and Multan. Mandokhel said that the Federal government had promised to establish two more universities in Balochistan but no funds were allocated for them. PML-Q leader appreciated Punjabs government move for accommodating a number of students in its educational institutions, saying Punjab government has assured to enroll more students of Balochistan in Punjabs educational institutions. Debating on the motion, Provincial Minister for Education and leader of PPP Tahir Mehmood Khan suggested that each Member of Provincial Assembly should allocate Rs 20 million for education from their funds (PSDP) which would help varsities to a great extent. Other MPs including Pir Abdul Qadir Gilani, Muhammad Aslam Bizenjo, Zamarak Khan, Qambar Gichki and Sadiq Umrani supported the motion, saying cut in the funds of education sector would further push the province towards backwardness. Later on, the House converted adjournment motion into two resolutions approved them unanimously. Earlier, the legislators strongly protested over the alleged target killings of Pakhtuns in Karachi. Speaking on a point of order, leader of Awami National Party and Provincial Minister for Revenue Engineer Zamrak Khan said that Pakhtuns were being killed in Karachi but concerned authorities have failed to arrest culprits. He blamed MQM for the target killing of labourers, traders and shopkeepers belonging to Pakhtun ethnic group, he said that government was reluctant to arrest culprits because of blackmailing by MQM. Jaffar Khan Mandokhel said that MQM was targeting Baloch, Pakhtuns and Sindhis to strengthen its hold on the economic hub of the country. 'This is indeed a chauvinistic approach and we strongly condemn it, he added. Captain (Retd) of Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, Sultan Tareen, Maulana Abdul Bari Agha and Nasreen Kethran said a committee of Balochistan Assembly should be constituted which should take up this issue with Sindh government and bring about an end to the killing of Pakhtuns and Baloch. Ali Madad Jattak of PPP staged a walk-out against non-inclusion of his privilege motion in the agenda of the Assembly. Opposition member, Pir Abdul Qadir Gilani also staged a walkout expressing solidarity with Jattak. However, later on Ministers including Maulana Abdul Bari and Tahir Muhammad Khan on the directives of Speaker Aslam Bhootani persuaded them to end their protest. On another point of order, Mir Sadiq Umrani of PPP said that his party had rendered scarifies for the sake of democracy and fought against dictatorship. He want to speak about judiciary, however, Speaker did not allow him to pass any remarks about judiciary. On the request of Mir Sadiq Umrani, Fateha was offered for the departed souls of Karsaz tragedy and those were killed in the incidents of target killings in Karachi. Later, Speaker adjourned the session of House for indefinite period.