Balochistan’s underdeveloped area awaiting girls college to be fully functional for more than a decade

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The Government Girls College Kohlu in Balochistan has been non-functional despite the passage of several years and protests and promises on part of citizens and authorities’ respectively.

A resident of the area told Minute Mirror on the condition of anonymity, “During the early years of his rule, general Pervez Musharraf visited this area, and announced the construction of the college, which was to be completed in a few years, but it is not yet fully functional.”

He added, “Only a few staff members were appointed in 2017, but most of the teachers have not been appointed yet and the teaching has not commenced as well.”

Ali Nawaz Marri, an activist of the National Party from Kohlu, told Minute Mirror that his party people demonstrated several times to press the government for the commencement of classes, adding that such protests fell on deaf ears.

He said recently Baloch Students Organisation also raised this issue, but the local politicians and the administration did not seem to be interested in accomplishing this much-needed project.

Marri added that hundreds of female students passing out from their secondary schools every year could not continue their education, owing to the lack of educational institutions in the area.

Balochistan Member of Provincial Assembly Mir Naseebullah Khan Marri told Minute Mirror that it was not correct to say that local leadership was not interested in completing the project.

“I was the one who came up with this idea of establishing a girls college. The idea was conceived during the time of General Musharraf, who announced a special package for the area but since that package expired, the funding was also stopped,” Marri added.

He revealed that the government was now planning to complete this project. “The provincial government has allocated 50 million rupees in the budget of 2021-22, which would be utilised to accomplish the project.”