QUETTA – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday inaugurated work on border fencing along the Balochistan portion of Pak- Afghan border at Panjpai, according to Inter Services Public Relations ISPR).
Interacting with the tribal leaders and locals at the occasion, COAS thanked them for their full support and cooperation in fencing as well as their participation in maintaining security situation. He said that the fencing will check cross border movement of terrorists.
Moreover, special arrangements have been made to facilitate bilateral economic activity and legal movement in any way or form through designated crossing points.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Qadoos Bazinjo and home minister Sarfraz Bugti were also present on the occasion.
CM Bazinjo thanked Pakistan Army and FC for working hand in glove with the provincial government to achieve a common vision of shining Balochistan.
NUST Quetta Campus
Meanwhile, COAS Bajwa led the ground-breaking ceremony of NUST Quetta Campus. With an estimated cost of Rs 2.63 billion, the campus spans over 30 acres and will house 550 students. Besides usual disciplines, it will also have fields pandering to specific requirements of Balochistan such as mining, water resource engineering etc.
Quetta Safe City Project
Later, the army chief inaugurated the Rs 2.28 billion Safe City Project in the Balochistan capital. The project, which was held up for the last five years, will result in quick incremental betterment in law and order situation and make Quetta more safe and secure upon completion.
The top military commander also interacted with youth from various universities of Quetta, asking them to take Pakistan forward through devotion, hard work and character.
‘Abide by law of the land!’
“Pakistan Army will ensure the defence of the motherland in discharge of our constitutional duties. It is for everyone to ensure that they abide by law of the land and remain within the bounds of constitution.
He pledged that army will wholeheartedly support the government in bringing a revolution in services, particularly in fields of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure.
“I expect the youth to stay focused on their positive endeavors towards self and nation building. Trust and assist state in taking Pakistan forward to its rightful destination”, COAS. pic.twitter.com/DWFnv9WLav
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 1, 2018
The COAS asked the local authorities to “watch out targeting of youth through social media in fifth generation war”.
“We have to reject extremism collectively. We have been through long years of war, must avoid those who draw towards conflict and hate. It’s time to heal!”
Gen Bajwa said that “our aim is to ensure that Balochistan does not have to rely on any quota or special arrangement, rather, people have same level of life as they can in any other part of the country.”
He added that Pakistan has rejected terrorism and has achieved better peace after great sacrifices by Armed Forces backed by the whole Nation. “Some elements are trying to influence the minds of our youth at this stage to create anarchy and dissatisfaction in the society.”