Reversal of Lehri District is Not in Public Interest: Nawab Barozai

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Balochistan Government announced to reverse the formation of Lehri district last week. The government announced to re-merge Lehri with Sibi district. Lehri was made a new district by former Caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Ghaus Baksh Barozai in May 2013.
Balochistan Voices talked to Nawab Barozai about the decision of Government of Balochistan to reverse the formation of Lehri district.
Nawab Barozai told Balochistan Voices that during Musharraf era some districts were divided and merged in other districts including Lehri Tehsil in Sibi district. All other district boundary modifications of Musharraf era were reversed except Tehsil Lehri.
He added that in October 2007, on directions of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz notification was issued for remerging Lehri in Bolan district. However, then District Nazim of Sibi Ali Mardan Domko obtained stay order from Supreme Court against that decision.
Former CM further said that in 2013 finally Supreme Court gave its verdict in the case and allowed Balochistan government to make revenue districts relating to Sibi. “As a consequence, I formed two new districts, Lehri and Sohbatpur, on 21st May 2013 as caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan. I could have formed these two districts before elections but my brother was contesting elections from Sibi and therefore I considered it to be inappropriate,” He told Balochistan Voices.
Nawab Barozai complained that bother former CMs Dr. Malik Baloch and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri did not post Deputy Commissioner and District Police Officer in Sibi despite the fact that it had all other operational administrative departments.
“After four years reversing the decision of formation of Lehri district is not only unfair but also against the public interest,” he claimed.
Nawab Barozai advised CM Abdul Quddus Bizenjo to make decisions about Balochistan with an open mind and without discrimination.
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Adnan Aamir is founder and Editor of Balochistan Voices. He also contributes for The News, The News on Sunday and Newsline Magazine amongst others as a freelancer. He has completed Chevening South Asian Journalism fellowship from the University of Westminster.