PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa inaugurated work on border fencing along the Balochistan portion of Pak-Afghan border at Panjpai on Tuesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti were also present on the occasion.

Interacting with the tribal leaders and locals at the occasion, General Bajwa thanked them for their full support and cooperation in fencing as well as their participation in maintaining security situation. He said the fencing will check cross border movement of terrorists. However, he said, special arrangements have been made to facilitate bilateral economic activity and legal movement in any way or form through designated crossing points.

The COAS also performed ground-breaking of NUST Quetta Campus. With an estimated cost of Rs2.63 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, water resource engineering etc.

General Bajwa also inaugurated the Quetta Safe City Project which was held up for the last five years. It will cost Rs2.28 billion. Upon completion, it will result in quick incremental betterment in law and order situation and make Quetta more safe and secure.

Meanwhile, the COAS said while interacting with youth from various universities that some elements were trying to influence the minds of our youth to create anarchy and dissatisfaction in the society.

“The Pakistan Army will ensure the defence of the motherland in discharge of our constitutional duties. It is for everyone to ensure that they abide by law of the land and remain within the bounds of Constitution,” he said.

General Bajwa asked the youth to take Pakistan forward through devotion, hard work and character. The COAS said the Army will wholeheartedly support the government in bringing a revolution in services, particularly in fields of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure.

“Our aim is to ensure that Balochistan does not have to rely on any quota or special arrangement, rather, people have same level of life as they can in any other part of the country,” he said.

General Bajwa said Pakistan has rejected terrorism and achieved better peace after great sacrifices by the armed forces backed by the whole nation.