Collective civil-military approach to make Balochistan prosperous: Army Chief

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said that a collective civil-military approach for security and development is needed for Balochistan to become a regional hub for energy and trade.
According to DG ISPR Asim Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Headquarters Southern Command here on Friday. General Raheel was briefed on security situation of the province in Quetta.
Both civil and military officials including Chief Secretary, IGFC Balochistan and DG ISI were present for the briefing.
The forum was apprised that law and order situation in Balochistan has improved and crime rate declined significantly due to successful, across the board and targeted FC and Police operations against terrorists, criminals and those involved in sectarian violence.
General Raheel commended FC and other law enforcement agencies for bringing noticeable improvement in law and order situation of the province.
He assured all support to the provincial government and people of Balochistan in their quest for durable peace, development and prosperity.
COAS said that potential of Balochistan as a regional hub for energy and trade will only be realised with a collective civil – military approach for its security and development.
COAS also welcomed those who have decided to give up violence and are laying down their arms and said it is very encouraging that insurgents were gradually coming back into national mainstream. All support will be rendered to rehabilitate them so that they could lead a peaceful and productive life.
COAS particularly appreciated FWO for their untiring efforts in construction of roads network across the length and breadth of Balochistan against all odds and directed them to ensure quality of construction and timely completion of these development projects.

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