Balochistan in ‘sharp focus’ of Pakistan’s enemies because of ‘strategic potential’: COAS


Photo: Geo.tvRAWALPINDI: Balochistan “is in sharp focus” of Pakistan’s enemies because of the province’s “strategic potential”, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa stated, in keeping with a press release launched Wednesday by the navy’s spokesperson.In his assertion, Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), quoted Gen Bajwa as saying: “Balochistan is the future of Pakistan and progress and prosperity of the province is the progress of the country.”The disruptive efforts by hostile forces will not be allowed to succeed,” the COAS emphasised in his address to the garrison officers, whom he lauded for their preparedness and efforts in ensuring peace and stability in the province despite difficulties of terrain and distances involved.”Security, stability, and prosperity of Balochistan shall be pursued and ensured to the hilt,” he added.According to Maj Gen Iftikhar, Gen Bajwa “was apprised about prevailing safety challenges within the province and the measures taken, together with border administration alongside Pakistan-Afghan and Pakistan-Iran Border” at the HQ Southern Command.He was received by Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali on arrival in Quetta.During his day-long visit, Gen Bajwa also met the families of the Machh massacre victims and interacted with a large gathering of the Hazara community. He was also given a detailed security brief at the HQ Southern Command.”The COAS additionally hung out with the bereaved households of Machh incident victims and shared their grief. [Gen Bajwa] assured them that perpetrators of this heinous incident shall be delivered to justice and blood of the martyrs is not going to go waste,” the DG ISPR stated.