ISLAMABAD, Jan 3 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hoped Monday that establishment of Education City at Sui will open new avenues for the development and prosperity in remote areas of Balochistan. This he stated during his visit to Sui Cantonment,said an ISPR press release Monday. The COAS inaugurated Military College Sui and also announced for establishing Education City in Sui. The Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan inaugurated Academic Block and Hostel of Balochistan Public School Sui respectively.
A large number of Parliamentarians, Baloch tribal elders, military officials and locals were present at the occasion.
The Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan appreciated the efforts of Army in bringing education and social development to remote areas of the province.
In his address, the COAS spoke about various projects initiated by Pakistan Army, with the support of locals and the Provincial Government. In the education field, he said that presently 22,786 Baloch students are studying in Army and Frontier Corps run educational institutions.
In addition, 4,268 Baloch students are benefitting from Chamlang Beneficiary Education Program, whereas, 662 Baloch students are studying in reputed institutions of other provinces.
To enhance technical skills of Baloch youth for better job opportunities, Balochistan Institute of Technical Education (BITE) managed by Pakistan Army, has thus far trained 1,673 individuals.
In this regard, Gwadar Institute of Technical Education will also start functioning soon.
With regard to Army’s contributions in development of other social sectors in Balochistan, the COAS mentioned about Chamlang Project which created job opportunities for approx 74,052 locals. Besides, a 50 bed hospital is being constructed at Sui under Army’s supervision and with the support of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, to improve health facilities in the area. Army is also assisting in provision of Sui Gas and water to the locals.
The COAS also expressed satisfaction over the results of Army recruitment drive in Balochistan whereby 3,350 young men from Balochsitan have recently joined various units of Pakistan Army, thus contributing towards defence of the Motherland.
The COAS concluded that development and prosperity of Balochistan will contribute towards a peaceful and progressive Pakistan. Army would continue to play its part in security of the Country – Ftpapp