Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik said on Monday that the provincial government, in collaboration with the federal government and the law enforcement agencies, had been successful in restoring law and order in the province.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Jashn-e-Ziarat fair organised in connection with the country’s Defence Day, CM Malik urged the people of the province to play a more active role in maintaining law and order.

He linked the country’s stability to that of Balochistan. “Stability of Balochistan means stability of Pakistan, because Balochistan is Pakistan and vice versa.”

Appreciating the role of the LEAs in reinstating law and order in Balochistan, he said they had rounded up anti-social elements and their efforts had restored peace in the province.

He asked the people to be vigilant in their respective localities and to keep a close watch on what goes on in their surroundings. “They should inform the security forces of any suspicious activity they observe.”

Juniper forests

CM Malik said the juniper forests of Ziarat were a valuable asset of the people of Balochistan. “Their protection is the responsibility of every person living in the province.”

He said that chopping down juniper trees was a crime. “People should cooperate with the government in stopping the felling of trees in Ziarat.”

He added that the juniper forests were hundreds of years old and a national asset. “Ziarat is also a good tourist attraction and organising more events like Jashn-e-Ziarat can revive tourism in the district.”