QUETTA - The Balochistan Assembly on Friday adopted a joint resolution, demanding the federal government match PIA fares for the provinces with that of other provinces and encourage private airlines to start their services from Quetta.

The lawmakers said the federal government is not paying heed to the important issues of the province. The Balochistan Assembly session started with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair. The joint resolution was moved by Revenue Minister Engineer Zamruk Khan, Ismail Gujjar of PPP, Raheela Durrani of PML-Q and Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel of PML-Q, calling upon the federal government to equalise the airfare of Quetta-Islamabad-Lahore-Karachi route to Islamabad-Karachi-Lahore route.

The resolution said like elsewhere in the country, the night coach packages must be introduced in Quetta.

Agriculture Minister Asad Baloch said Balochistan Assembly passed 145 resolutions but to no avail. “The federal government does not pay heed to our basic problems but we will continue raising our issues on this floor,” he said.

He was backed by Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd, Abdul Rehman Jamali, Zahoor Buleidi and Jaffar Mandokhel who went on to say that the Assembly should approach the federal government and inquire about the resolutions adopted by Balochistan Assembly.

Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel said that it was injustice to the province as the Assembly approved a similar resolution a year ago, demanding the authorities encourage private airlines to start their service from Quetta.

Speaker Aslam Bhootani said the provincial government should contact the federal government about the implementation of resolutions.

When the chair put the resolution for vote the house adopted it unanimously.

Earlier, on a point of order, Quality Education Minister Jan Ali Changezi condemned the killing of seven people from Hazara community on Spanny Road of Quetta on Thursday and said some elements were plotting to create sectarian violence in the province.

He said that three incidents of target killing had occurred in a week but still the culprits were at large. The house also prayed for the victims.