Special Report: Hilal Desk
The seminar, Human Resource Development for the Youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges, was held in Quetta on December 7, 2017. Renowned speakers from academia, civil society, media and political sphere addressed a large number of audience including youth from Balochistan. COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was the keynote speaker.
In his address the COAS mentioned that presently over 25,000 Baloch students are receiving quality education at various Army and Frontiers 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 Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul. He said that this was only the representation in Pakistan Army and the number gets even higher when we take into account the Baloch youth in Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. The COAS said that ‘our future is bright and our youth is fully capable of taking on the mantle. Balochi youth is as capable as the youth of any other area of Pakistan’. He further said that ‘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 as it is the backbone of any country’.
The COAS also announced the establishment of an MRI center at Turbat while expediting the establishment of already announced educational institutions. He further stated that the Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation. The Army shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remains a national obligation for all state institutions. He also said that ‘he believes in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority. All of us have a duty to the nation’.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa concluded that tomorrow’s Balochistan would be the engine of national development effort and an invaluable link from north to south and also to the west.