A seminar on “Human Resource Development for the youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges” was held at Quetta today. Renowned speakers from academia/civil society, media and politicians addressed the large number of audiences including youth from Balochistan. COAS was the keynote speaker.
In his address, COAS mentioned that presently over 25,000 Baloch students are receiving a quality education at various Army and FC-run schools/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 PMA, Kakul. He said that so much was only the representation in Pak Army and the number gets even higher when we take into account Baloch youth in Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. 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 area of Pakistan. COAS 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. It is the backbone of any country.
COAS also announced the establishment of MRI centre at Turbat while expediting the establishment of already announced educational institutions.
COAS said that Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation. The Army shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remain 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.
COAS concluded that tomorrow’s Balochistan will be the engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to the west.