I belive in democratic values of selfless service: Qamar Bajwa

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

The army chief recalls he had proposed to the ousted prime minister to send more experienced bureaucrats to serve in Balochistan and take the province out of the darkness of backwardness.

The army chief said although he was not against madrassas, the education that they provided was inadequate, for it did not prepare students for the needs of the modern world. He called for better and quality education for handling administrative issues in a better way.

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

"Balochistan wastes 1.5 million acre floodwater due to lack of dams", said Zehri, adding if they were having resources, they can build dams to save this water to make the province self-reliant in agriculture. 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.

Pointing to the brighter side of the situation, he said "our future is bright and our youth is fully capable of taking on the mantle".

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.

He said that the nation has enough resources and just need to improve on human resources. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service.

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.

Affirming army's commitment to serving Pakistan, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that he believes in democracy, democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority.

"I am not against madrassas, but we have lost the essence of madrassas", he said, adding that the country needed to "revisit" the religious school concept.

A large number of politicians, local elites and civil and military officials were also present at the seminar. "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.

Bajwa said poor education was holding back the nation of 207 million people, and especially in madrassas.

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