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, Inter Services Public Relations reported.
Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo and Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti were also present on the occasion.
Gen Bajwa interacted with the tribal leaders and locals at the occasion, and 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. However special arrangements have been made to facilitate bilateral economic activity and legal movement in any way or form through designated crossing points.
CM Balochistan thanked Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps for working hand in glove with the provincial government to achieve a common vision of shining Balochistan.
Earlier, the army chief attended earth-breaking ceremony of the campus of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Quetta. 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 catering to specifically to Balochistan such as mining, water resource engineering, etc.
Gen Bajwa also inaugurated the Quetta Safe City Project which was held up for the last five years. The project will cost Rs2.28 billion, and upon completion will improve law and order situation making Quetta more safe and secure.
The army chief also interacted with youth from various universities of Quetta. He said that army will wholeheartedly support the government in bringing a revolution in services, particularly in fields of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure.
He said that their aim is to ensure that Balochistan does not have to rely on any quota or special arrangements, rather people have same level of life as they can in any other part of the country.
He said that Pakistan has rejected terrorism and has achieved peace after great sacrifices by the armed forces backed by the whole nation. However, some elements are trying to influence the minds of youth to create anarchy and dissatisfaction in the society.
He reaffirms that the Pakistan Army will ensure the defence of the motherland in discharge of its constitutional duties. It is the responsibility of everyone to abide by the law of the land and remain within the bounds of constitution. He asked the youth to take Pakistan forward through devotion, hard work and character. – NNI