Army ready to help bring peace in Balochistan: COAS

Army ready to help bring peace in Balochistan: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said on Thursday that the Pakistan Army would provide maximum assistance in enhancing the capacity of Balochistan Police to ensure peace in the province. 
During his visit to Combat Training Area in Quetta Cantonment where specialised anti-terrorism training is being imparted to the personnel of Balochistan Police and Balochistan Constabulary, Gen Sharif said another three courses would be run by the Pakistan Army this year for police and Balochistan Constabulary. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua and other senior officers were also present on the occasion. According to ISPR, currently 200 individuals of police and Balochistan Constabulary are being imparted training by Pakistan Army’s Southern Command in Quetta. An eight-week-long course will conclude on February 7. The COAS appreciated the standard of training imparted by the team and enthusiasm displayed by the trainees. General Sharif expressed the hope that the trained persons would play an important role in combating the menace of terrorism in the province. 
Earlier in 2013, Pakistan Army provided 5,000 weapons and 500,000 rounds of ammunition to Balochistan Police besides imparting training to 200 policemen to enhance their capacity in anti-terrorism. The trained force now comprises Anti-Terrorist Force Balochistan, which has displayed good performance in the last few months after the training.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif visited Southern Command Headquarters in Quetta on Thursday. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua gave a detailed briefing to the two leaders on Balochistan security situation. The prime minister appreciated the role of security forces in helping bring normalcy in Balochistan and directed both political and military leadership to devise joint strategy to ensure peace in the province.

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