GWADAR – The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has laid the foundation stone of UAE and Swiss government supported Gwadar desalination plant in Gwadar.

Addressing the occasion, the army chief said Balochistan’s progress is Pakistan’s progress, added that Pakistan Army will extend full support and assist the socio-economic development of Balochistan.

According to the ISPR, the project fulfils long-awaited demand of locals which shall provide them 4.4 million gallons water per day with the capacity to increase to 8.8 million gallons per day.

The desalination plant will get completed in 6-8 months and shall resolve the scarcity of drinking water in the area and also reduce hardships of the local population to fetch water from far-flung areas.

While highlighting the importance of ongoing projects as part of Khushal Balochistan programme, the army chief said all measures in coordination with civil government will be taken to bring peace and prosperity in Balochistan.

He said that these projects will transform the lives of people of Balochistan, and emphasised that the potential of Balochistan as the regional economic hub will only be realized when people of Balochistan are best served by these projects.

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Qudoos Bazinjo, Ambassador of UAE in Pakistan, Commander FC Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, DG FWO and a large number of locals were present on the occasion.

Later tonight, the COAS will attend the closing ceremony of Makran Festival in connection with Baloch Culture Day.

COAS Qamar Bajwa in Balochistan on two-day visit