QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said the country’s future is bright and the youth of Pakistan is fully capable.
“Our future is bright and our youth is fully capable of taking on the mantle,” the COAS said while addressing a seminar on Human Resource Development for the youth of Balochistan held at Quetta on Thursday according to a press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
General Bajwa stressed that Balochi youth is as capable as the youth of any area of Pakistan.
“We have enough resources we just need to improve our human resource. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service. It is the backbone of any country,” said COAS.
The seminar, Human Resource Development for the youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges, was attended by renowned speakers from academia and civil society, media, and politicians.
COAS, who was the keynote speaker at the event, addressed a large number of the audience including youth from Balochistan.
In his address, General Bajwa mentioned that over 25,000 Baloch students are receiving quality education at various Army and Frontier Corps-run schools and cadet colleges all over Pakistan.
“Nearly 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in Army including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets are undergoing training at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul,” COAS said.
He further said that the province’s representation gets even higher when Baloch youth in the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies are taken into account.
The army chief also announced the establishment of an MRI centre in Turbat and issued directives to expedite the establishment of already announced educational institutions.
The COAS said that the Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation and it shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remains a national obligation for all state institutions, according to the ISPR’s press release.
He also said that he believes in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority. General Bajwa concluded that tomorrow’s Balochistan will be the engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to west.