QUETTA - Balochistan Assembly on Saturday approved a resolution against Pakistan International Airlines’ discriminatory policy towards the people of Balochistan.

The national flag carrier had been discriminating against the Baloch people by denying them air travel facilities, Rehmat Baloch of National Party said as the House spoke over the joint resolution.

“PIA management has closed most of international flights to Dubai and Iran from Quetta which is unbearable for our people,” he said, “We are being discriminated against.” He also complained about PIA’s high fares for domestic flights.

Submitting the resolution before the House – set to motion by Deputy Speaker Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo – the National Party leader sought to call PIA top management for an explanation in the next session.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal supported the resolution, and was surprised how the Balochistan province was being denied air travel facility in today’s communication world. He demanded PIA used a wide-body aircraft for Balochistan and restored all international flights.

On her turn, National Party’s Yasmeen Lehri said, “We are discriminated by federation-controlled institutions such as PIA, WAPDA, NHA and others.” She complained the establishment’s mindset towards Balochistan was still unchanged. She also feared the resolution might not get implemented, as was done in the past, largely due to the federal government’s behavior.

Taking the floor, Rahila Durrani of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said they were concerned that after recent attacks on train and bus, PIA might stop Haj operation from Balochistan.

National Party’s Haji Abdul Salam said, “We don’t have the PIA office in Panjgur; we booked the seats from Karachi; at least they could open an office in Panjgur.”

The House meanwhile passed the resolution unanimously.  Speaking on a privileged motion, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Nasrullah Zerry condemned the attempt on his life in Jungle Pir Alizai area. He informed the House three party workers were injured in that attack in which his vehicle was also torched undermining his privilege. He demanded an investigation into the assault.

When Opposition leader Maulana Abdul Wassey sought permission for fateha for the person killed in the Jungle Pir Alizai incident, a government member opposed the proposal, saying the House could not allow fateha for anyone.

After that, argument started between the government and opposition members with trading of serious charges. The speaker ruled the matter would be on the table for debate till August 27.

Also, opposition members boycotted the session over the callous attitude of the government, but senior lawmakers PML-Q Jaffar Khan Mandokhail and National Party’s Sardar Aslam Bizenjo managed to bring them back for taking the proceedings ahead. The chair meanwhile adjourned the session till August 27.