Gen Bajwa says Balochistan is future of Pakistan, asks Iran to enhance border security arrangements

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Quetta on Wednesday. During the visit, COAS attended briefing at Headquarters (HQ) Southern Command, and visited Garrison Quarantine Facility for COVID-19 and interacted with troops busy in COVID relief activities. He was briefed in detail on security situation,

operational preparedness of the formation and border management including fencing along Pak-Afghan and Pak-Iran Borders.

COAS was apprised about the formation’s assistance to civil administration in fighting the pandemic and continued measures for socio-economic uplift of the area.

QUETTA: COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa attends briefing at Headquarters (HQ) of Southern Command in Quetta on Wednesday.

During visit to Garrison Quarantine Facility, COAS appreciated the formation for arrangements and facilities established as per health SOPs and guidelines. While interacting with officers and men, COAS lauded their dedication and professionalism.

COAS said that Balochistan is future of Pakistan and it is our duty to fully assist its government and the people towards a peaceful and prosperous Balochistan. COAS directed all commanders to reach out to people in far-flung areas of Balochistan to help mitigate challenges faced by masses due to COVID. 

Earlier, on arrival at Quetta, COAS was received by Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Muhammad Waseem Ashraf.

Iran issue

Amidst disturbing reports related to militancy at the tense border, and trust deficit relations between Pakistan and Iran, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called Iranian Chief of the Armed Forces Maj Gen Bagheri on Monday (May 11) and discussed the prevailing situation in detail.

He asked him to tighten its borders in a bid to curb terrorist attacks on Pakistani security forces by militants allegedly operating from Iran. They discussed an array of issues including border fencing, improvement of border terminals and the killing of Pakistani security personnel near the Pakistan-Iranian border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Monday.

Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan has started fencing the border but will require mutual bilateral cooperation to ensure border security and stem smuggling activity which is also used by terrorists and Narco traffickers for covering their movement.

On 28th April, Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved 3 billion rupees ($18.6 million) in additional funds for the fencing of its border with Iran. Pakistan started fencing certain areas of the border in May last year, which Iran is against. But Pakistan Government ignored Teheran’s opposition.

The 900 km border begins in Balochistan province at the Koh-i-Malik Salih mountain and ends at Gwadar Bay in the Gulf of Oman. It passes through a diverse landscape of mountain ridges, seasonal streams and rivers, and is notorious for unlawful activities like human trafficking, smuggling and cross-border militancy.