General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, COAS, Pakistan Army, Sui, Pakistan, Quetta, Balochistan, Bugti, Defence Day 2013,
Quetta: The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Friday said that Pakistan’s defence lies in the strong and prosperous Balochistan. ARY News reported.
“It is not just coincidence that I’m celebrating the National Defence Day in the Sui town of Balochistan, but it is a matter of importance and honour which the Army keeps for Balochistan,” he said during a passing out parade of cadets in the Military College Sui (MCS) here.
Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, IG FC Major General Ejaz Shahid, Commandant MCS Brigadier Imranul Haq, MPA Sarfarz Bugti, Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, were prominent among otherswho attended the ceremony.
General Kayani said that thriving and strong Balochistan would guarantee the prosperity of the country, adding we are assisting the provincial government to achieve the goals of socio-economic development and peace in the province.
He dispelled the impression about the military operation in the province and said there is no single Army personnel involved in any operation in Balochistan.
He noted that Balochistan is rich in natural resources and the only need is to utilize these for the people’s welfare.Pakistan Army is fully committed to extend all possible assistance to the provincial government to eradicate poverty and control lawlessness.
“ Provision of latest trainings and equipments to the Balochistan police is one of the steps taken for strengthening the law enforcement agencies against the menace of terrorism,” General Kayani noted.
Expressing his concern over the delay in the Kachi Canal project, he reiterated that he was ready to help provincial government in the early completion of the project, aimed at boosting the agri-sector of the province. “Completion of Kachi Canal and Gwadar-Rato Dairo projects were vital for the development of the people of Balochistan,” he maintained.