RAWALPINDI – The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation.

“Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation…it shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remain a national obligation for all state institutions,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the ISPR, the military’s media wing, the army chief was addressing a seminar on “Human Resource Development for Youth of Balochistan—Opportunities and Challenges” held in Quetta Thursday.

“Nearly 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in the army including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets are undergoing training at PMA, Kakul,” Gen Bajwa said, adding that the number gets even higher when taken into account Baloch youth in Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, and other law enforcement agencies.“

Tomorrow’s Balochistan will be the engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to the west,” he said.

The army chief said that despite having enough resources, there was a need to improve the human resource. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service, he said, adding that it was the backbone of any country.