Army chief affirms commitment to democracy

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

Several renowned speakers from academia and civil society, media, politicians addressed the seminar attended by large number of people including youth from Balochistan. He called for better and quality education for handling administrative issues in a better way.

"Tomorrow's Balochistan will be an engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to the west", COAS concluded.

"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). The COAS said that despite having enough resources, there was a need to improve the human resource.

In his address, COAS Bajwa said over 25,000 students from Balochistan are receiving education at the army and paramilitary-run schools all over the country.

The army chief said he believed in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service. "All of us have a duty to the nation". The general said he had been told that there were about 2.5 million students enrolled in madrassas belonging to the Deobandi sect, questioning their future. The COAS said it was impossible to build enough mosques to employ the vast number of madrassa students - in a reference to employment opportunities such students find in mosques as prayer leaders and teachers of the Holy Quran. Almost 20,000 sons of Balochistan were serving in the army, including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets were undergoing training at the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.

COAS also announced establishment of MRI center at Turbat while expediting establishment of already announced educational institutions.

The military past year proposed a plan to de-radicalise religious hard-liners by "mainstreaming" some into political parties, a plan initially rejected by the civilian government but which now appears to be taking form.

Gen. Bajwa said the army is a state institution meant to serve the nation, and shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remains a national obligation for all state institutions.

"Most of them are just teaching theology".

The chief minister added that Balochistan's population was meagre luckily, and proper exploitation of resources may enable the government to give 15,000 to 20,000 rupees per month to each unemployed family.