RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Tuesday that some anti-state elements are trying to influence the minds of youth in Pakistan to create dissatisfaction and anarchy in society, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said.
Interacting with a delegation of youth from different universities in Quetta, the army chief said, “The army would ensure the defence of the motherland per its constitutional duties. It is for everyone to ensure that they abide by the law of the land and remain within the bounds of the constitution.”
He called upon the youth to take Pakistan forward through devotion and hard work. He emphasised that the army would wholeheartedly support the government in bringing a revolution in public services, particularly in the fields of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure.
“Our aim is to ensure that Balochistan does not continue its reliance on any quota or special arrangement and instead provide the residents of the province the same level of quality living as enjoyed by citizens in other parts of the country.”
He also stressed that Pakistan had rejected terrorism and established hard-fought peace in the country.
Earlier, the army chief inaugurated work on border fencing along the Balochistan portion of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Panjpai. The inauguration was also attended by Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti.
During his interaction with tribal elders, Bajwa thanked them for their full support and cooperation in assisting the fencing work. He stressed that fencing would check the cross-border movement of terrorists.
He further added that special arrangements had been made to facilitate bilateral economic activity and legal movement through designated crossing points.
CM Bizenjo thanked the army and FC for working hand in glove with the provincial government to achieve a common vision for a prosperous Balochistan.
Later, the army chief took part in the earth-breaking ceremony of NUST Quetta campus and inaugurated the Quetta Safe City Project.
The NUST campus would be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2.63 billion and would span over 30 acres of land. Around 550 students would be provided hostel facility and besides usual disciplines, Balochistan-specific academic fields, such as mining, water resource and engineering, would also be taught in the varsity.
On the other hand, the Safe City Project, which had been facing delays since the last five years, would cost Rs 2.28 billion. Upon its completion, it would improve the law and order situation and provide a secure environment to the residents of the provincial capital.