ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said not a single army solider is involved in maintaining law and order situation in the Balochistan province.
Addressing to cadets in Sui Military College‚ the Army Chief said Pakistan Army is playing a constructive role in the socio-economic development of the province. He said over 20‚000 Baloch students are enrolled in Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps-run education institutions including cadet schools‚ medical colleges‚ mining institutes and others.
He said Frontier Corpse (FC) and police are dealing with all security related matters in consultations with Balochistan government‚ and not a single army solider is involved in any operation in Balochistan.
Talking about mining institutes‚ the Army Chief wished for Baloch people to hold important positions in these institutions‚ instead of working as laborers.
He said during the past three years‚ Baloch representation in army has been raised from 1.7 percent to 3.5 percent. He said Pakistan Army has recruited over 12‚000 soldiers from Balochistan. General Kayani said 760 Baloch officers are actively playing their role in Pakistan Army. He said for a national army‚ all provinces must be given their due representation.
He called for unity among Baloch tribes for the sake of development in the province and said if tribes establish peace among themselves‚ resources of Balochistan can be utilized in best public interest.
General Kayani also assured Pakistan Army’s full cooperation in the construction of Gwadar-Ratto Dero highway and Balochistan canal.