Afghan Military Delegation Visits Headquarters Southern Command Areas of Mutual Security Concerns Discussed in Detail
Afghan Military Delegation visited Headquarters Southern Command Quetta on May 3, 2018 and met Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa. The Afghan delegation was led by Major General Amam Nazar Commander 205 Corps (Afghan National Army) and was attended by other Afghan security officials including Major General Wali Mehmad, Commander 215 Corps (Afghan National Army).
During the interaction, areas of mutual security interests and concerns, including border security mechanism and management of Pak-Afghan border were deliberated upon in detail. The meeting emphasised that peace and stability can be achieved through complementary efforts and enhanced mutual cooperation.
COAS Addresses Participants of Second National Security Workshop Held in Balochistan
COAS addressed the participants of Second National Security Workshop Balochistan organized by Southern Command in collaboration with Government of Balochistan on May 7, 2018. The two-week long workshop was aimed at creating understanding about critical national security issues, capacity building for timely decision-making and enabling the participants to comprehend interplay of all elements of national power in the construct of ‘Comprehensive National Security’. Members of National and Balochistan Provincial assemblies, media representatives and Civil Services officers attended the workshop.
Highlighting internal and external challenges, COAS said that “full spectrum of threat demands comprehensive national response and Army is fully engaged in enabling that response in coordination with other institutions of the state”. COAS also said, “terrorism has no religion, sect or ethnicity. Pakistan has fought against this menace indiscriminately and shall root it out through whole of the nation approach”.
COAS Inaugurates Work on Border Fencing Along the Balochistan Portion of Pak-Afghan Border
On May 8, 2018 General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) inaugurated work on border fencing along the Balochistan portion of Pak-Afghan border at Panjpai. Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti were also present on the occasion. While interacting with the tribal leaders and locals at the occasion, COAS 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 FC for working hand in glove with the provincial government to achieve a common vision of shining Balochistan.
Earlier during his visit to Quetta, COAS conducted earth breaking ceremony of NUST Quetta Campus. 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 pandering to specific requirements of Balochistan such as mining and water resource engineering etc.
Later COAS also inaugurated the Quetta Safe City Project which was held up for the last five years. The project will cost Rs. 2.28 billion. Upon completion, it will result in incremental betterment in law and order situation making Quetta more safe and secure.
Take Pakistan Forward Through Devotion, Hardwork and Character: COAS
The COAS also interacted with youth from various universities of Quetta. He said that army would wholeheartedly support the government in bringing a revolution in services, particularly in the fields of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure. He said, “Our aim is to ensure that Balochistan does not have to rely on any quota or special arrangement, rather, people have same quality of life as they can in any other part of the country. Pakistan has rejected terrorism and has achieved peace after great sacrifices by Armed Forces, backed by the whole nation. Some elements are trying to influence the minds of our youth at this stage to create anarchy and dissatisfaction in the society. Pakistan Army will ensure the defence of the motherland in discharging our constitutional duties. It is upto every citizen to ensure that they abide by law of the land and remain within the bounds of constitution”, COAS emphasized to the youth. He also asked the youth to take Pakistan forward through devotion, hardwork and character.
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