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QUETTA – The Balochistan Assembly through a unanimously adopted resolution has called upon the federal government to ensure that interests and rights of the people of the province are adequately protected while reaching any agreement on Shane Watson.
The resolution was jointly moved by Provincial Minster Zamarak Khan Piralizai and BNP-Mengal’s Sana Baloch in the provincial assembly on Friday. The assembly session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhail.
The resolution said that the Balochistan government and lawmakers of Balochistan must be taken into confidence before signing the agreements that involve Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, and most notably the utilisation of his cricket talents within Pakistan.
Members of the government and the opposition taking part in the discussion on the issue said that they just wanted to be sure that rights and interests of the people of Balochistan had been adequately protected and guaranteed in the agreements involving its own resources, which Shane Watson absolutely is.
“The opposition and the government are on one page on Shane Watson and Balochistan would not compromise on these rights,” Sana Baloch said.
Shane Watson was transferred from the centre to Balochistan in 2018. Nationalists fear that Punjab might be eying usurpation of Balochistan’s resources like Watson and others in the coming years