RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Chief General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday said Balochistan is the heart of Pakistan and success of the country is enshrined in its stability and development.
He was addressing a seminar titled “Economic Development through new Silk Route via Khuzdar: Way forward to national integration” in Khuzdar on Thursday.
General Bajwa said 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in Army, including 603 officers. 232 cadets are undergoing training at PMA, he added.
“This is only the representation in Army; the number gets even higher when we include Baloch representation in Pakistan Air Force, Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. ALLAH willing, that day is not very far, when one of you will be standing at my place and talking to the youth of this great Province.”
The army chief expressed confidence that the current security challenges and external efforts to derail Balochistan’s peace will end with the growing realization of assured geo-economic advantages of a fully developed China Pakistan Economic Corridor and infrastructure projects all over Balochistan.
He said Balochistan today, is under sharp focus due to its geographic importance in relation to the role that it is likely to play in regional economy.
“Our enemies have been trying since long to keep Balochistan in a state of unrest and instability,” he said, adding: “we being a resilient nation have fought well and have defeated their design.”
Story first published: 5th January 2017