QUETTA: Speaking at a seminar titled “Human Resource Development for Youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges” in Quetta, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said over 25,000 students from Balochistan are receiving education at the army and paramilitary-run schools all over the country.

The seminar that was held in Quetta on Thursday was attended by a large number of people, including renowned speakers from academia, civil society, media and politicians.

In his address, COAS Bajwa said at least 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in the Pakistan Army, including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets are undergoing training at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.

Besides this, a large number of Balochistan’s people were part of Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other law enforcement agencies, the army chief said, adding that “our future is bright and our youth is fully capable of taking on the mantle.”

Showing satisfaction over country’s capabilities, he said the country only needed proper human resource to unleash its potential, adding that the civil services are the backbone of the country which needed to be improved as to make them lucrative for the talented youth of the country.

Along with the announcement of an MRI centre in Turbat, Gen Bajwa directed expediting the establishment of already announced educational institutions.

Affirming army’s commitment to serving Pakistan, he said that he believes in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority.

“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.

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