Foundation Stone for a Desalination Plant Laid at Gwadar

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) laid the foundation stone of the UAE and Swiss government supported Gwadar desalination plant at Gwadar on March 4, 2018. The project fulfills long-awaited demand of locals which shall provide them with 4.4 million gallons of water per day with the capacity to increase to 8.8 million gallons per day. The desalination plant will be completed in 6-8 months’ time and shall resolve the scarcity of drinking water in the area thus reducing the hardships faced by the local population in fetching water from far flung areas. The COAS said that Balochistan's progress is Pakistan's progress. Pakistan Army will extend full support and assist the socio-economic development of Balochistan. While highlighting the importance of ongoing projects as part of Khushal Balochistan programme, COAS said that all measures will be taken in coordination with civil government to bring peace and prosperity in Balochistan. He further stated that these projects will transform the lives of the people of Balochistan. COAS emphasised that the potential of Balochistan as a regional economic hub will only be realized when people of Balochistan are best served by these projects. CM Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Ambassador of UAE in Pakistan, Commander SC Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, DG FWO and large number of locals were present on the occasion.



On second day of his visit to Balochistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Awaran. He inaugurated work for Turbat-Buleda Road and groundbreaking ceremony for construction of Cadet College Awaran (CCA) at Jhao on March 5, 2018. On arrival at Jhao, COAS was given a detailed briefing by General Officer Commanding Major General Zaki Manj on recent security measures as well as support to the government on socio-economic projects. Cadet College Awaran initially will be for 800 cadets with plans to enhance its capacity subsequently. CCA will have hostel facilities for 300 cadets and faculty, and it will be constructed by Pakistan Army Engineers. The project will be completed in a quick timeframe of two years for its planned initial capacity at Jhao. He also interacted with local elders and troops in the area. Speaking at the occasion, COAS appreciated progress through joint collaboration by security forces and the civil administration. The COAS said that continuity of effort with national commitment is the way forward to bring about the desired development and stability in the province. Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo accompanied COAS throughout the visit and discussed various coordination aspects to successfully carry on the execution of Khushal Balochistan project. Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa and other civil/military officials were present on the occasion.


On his visit to Balochistan on March 5, 2018 the COAS interacted with local elders of Turbat at Headquarters FC Balochistan (South). CM Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa and IGFC Balochistan (South) Major General Tariq Aman were also present. The COAS also attended the closing ceremony of Makran Festival which was attended by large number of local residents. Speaking on the occasion, he said that provision of civic facilities and peaceful environment in less developed areas of Balochistan is a dream coming true. People of Balochistan have the right for provision of similar facilities as in the rest of Pakistan. He said Khushal Balochistan project is aimed at fulfilment of this right. COAS said presence of such a large gathering at this festival is testimony of the fact that Balochistan is moving towards peace and prosperity which is significant for Pakistan’s progress as well. At the end of the ceremony a fireworks show added colour to the festive mood of the spectators

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