Gen Bajwa said he believes in democracy, army is a state institution

Gen Bajwa said he believes in democracy, army is a state institution

Gen Bajwa said he believes in democracy, army is a state institution

The army chief said more religious seminaries were established in Balochistan compared to modern and quality schools for local students during the past four decades.

He emphasised that the Army was in the service of the state of Pakistan and its people and not any particular government.

He said competent and experienced bureaucrats were reluctant to serve in Balochistan. Almost 20,000 sons of Balochistan were serving in the army, including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets were undergoing training at the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.

Army chief added that so much was only the representation in Pak Army and the number gets even higher when they took into account Baloch youth in Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies.

In his address, COAS Bajwa said over 25,000 students from Balochistan are receiving education at the army and paramilitary-run schools all over the country. The COAS said that despite having enough resources, there was a need to improve the human resource. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service.

The COAS also announced establishment of MRI center at Turbat while expediting establishment of already announced educational institutions.

His remarks came during a seminar in Quetta titled Human Resource Development for the youth of Balochistan - Opportunities and Challenges.

Stressing on the need for revisiting education standards at religious madrassas across the country, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said religious seminaries must offer more than theological education to pupils. "All of us have a duty to the nation".

General Bajwa concluded that tomorrow's Balochistan will be the engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to west.

The military a year ago proposed a plan to de-radicalise religious hard-liners by "mainstreaming" some into political parties, a plan initially rejected by the civilian government but which now appears to be taking form. The general said he had been told that there were about 2.5 million students enrolled in madrassas belonging to the Deobandi sect, questioning their future. "So what will they become: will they become Maulvis (clerics) or they will become terrorists?" he asked, saying it was impossible to build enough mosques to employ the huge number of madressah students.

The army chief said poor education was holding back the nation of 207 million people, and especially in madressahs. So what are their chances?

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