Raisani, Gen. Javed Zia pledge to fight extremism
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani and Commander Southern Command Lt. Gen. Javed Zia have pledged that joint efforts would be launched to fight extremism and secure peace in Balochistan.
They said this while delivering their speeches and later talking to media on the occasion of inauguration ceremony of 5th Batch of Balochistan Institute of Technical Education (BITE) held at EME Center Quetta Cant on Wednesday.
The CM Raisani thanked Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and the Pakistan Army for providing educational facilities besides technical education training to a large number of youths of Balochistan.
He said thousands of Baloch youths had joined the Pak Army and other law enforcement forces to play their role to strengthen the defense of the country. He pledged that all out steps would be taken to end unrest besides securing peace in Balochistan.
He announced Rs 100 million grants for BITE and on the occasion, he gave away worth Rs 25 million cheque to the BITE officials. He emphasized the need that the Pak Army should launch more projects like that of BITE in other districts of Balochistan so that maximum number of youths could get employment. He assured his all out collaboration in this regard.
Commander Southern Command Lt. Gen. Javed Zia said the Pakistan Army was participating in execution of development works in Balochistan in order to remove the sense of deprivation amongst the local people. He said no doubt, sense of deprivation existed amongst the Balochis adding but foreign hand would not be allowed to exploit it.
He said the Pak Army has launched several projects which would enable youths of Balochistan to get employment after getting technical training. He said over 4,000 Baloch youths had joined the Pak Army adding that next year, 10,000 more Baloch youths would be given opportunity to join Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps and Coast Guards.
He said the NAVIEC, the Balochistan government and the Pakistan Army would jointly expand BITE program to Gwadar, Khuzdar, Sibi, Kohlu, Loralai and Zhob. He said doors of the Pak Army workshops would remain open for youths of Balochistan.
He said after giving admission to 3,000 students from Balochistan this year, BITE would give admission to 5,000 youths of the province next year.
He warned elements involved in anti-peace activities in the province to stop their anti-state crimes otherwise remained ready to face dire consequences. He said the government and the Pak Army would jointly crush the forces involved in creating unrest in Balochistan. Principal BITE Lt, Col. Waqar Ahmed said technical training was being given to students at BITE in several disciplines including motor mechanic, computer, gardening, mason, nursing, plumber, home appliances, driving, carpenter, electrician, auto-electrician, nursing, dress designing, beautician and others. He said every student at the institution was also being given monthly Rs 2,000 stipend.
Later, the CM Balochistan along with Commander Southern Command inspected different disciplines of BITE.
Deputy Chairman Senate Mir Jan Jamali, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Balochistan Ministers including Maulana Abdul Wasey, Mir Sadiq Umrani, Asfand Yar Kakar, Eng. Zamarak Khan, Mir Zafar Zehri, Mir Asim Kurd Gailo, Ms Rahila Durrani, Haji Ismael Gujjar, Mir Yunus Mullazai, Mir Shah Nawaz Marri, and Cap. (retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, Home Secretary Balochistan Akbar Hussain Durrani, IG Balochistan Malik Muhammad Iqbal, senior journalists Syed Fasih Iqbal, Irfan Siddiqui, Aijaz Haider, former city nazim Quetta Mir Maqbool Lehri, officials of the armed forces, Col Khalid and Maj Shafa?at of ISPR and a large number of students and their parents attended the ceremony.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2010