RAWALPINDI  - Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif has said that potential of Balochistan as a regional hub for energy and trade will only be realised with a collective civil and military approach for its security and development.

During his visit to Headquarters Southern Command, Quetta, he commended FC and other law-enforcement agencies for bringing noticeable improvement in the law and order situation of the province.

According to ISPR, the COAS assured all support to the provincial government and people of Balochistan in their quest for durable peace, development and prosperity.

General Raheel Sharif also welcomed those who have decided to give up violence and are laying down their arms and said it is very encouraging that insurgents are gradually coming back into the national mainstream. All support will be rendered to rehabilitate them so that they could lead a peaceful and productive life, he added.

The COAS particularly appreciated FWO for their untiring efforts in the construction of roads network across Balochistan against all odds and directed them to ensure quality of construction and timely completion of these development projects.

Upon his arrival at the Headquarters South Command, he was given a detailed briefing on overall security and law and order situation of Balochistan. Both civil and military officials, including the Balochistan chief secretary, the IGFC and the ISI DG were present.

The COAS was told that law and order situation in Balochistan has improved and crime rate declined significantly due to successful, across the board and targeted FC and police operations against terrorists, criminals and those involved in sectarian violence.

EX-COMMANDER AMONG SIX KILLED IN TURBAT

At least six people including former commander of a banned organisation were killed in Turbat on Friday.

According to Levies, some unidentified armed assailants riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate firing at a car in Nasirabad area killing former commander of a banned organisation Fazal Haider, his brother Obaid and four of their guards on the spot.

The suspects managed to escape from the scene. Law-enforcement agencies shifted the bodies to District Hospital for autopsy. Levies registered a case and started investigation.

TWO HURT IN QUETTA BOMB BLAST

At least two people were injured in a bomb blast in Quetta on Friday. Two vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

Police said that bomb planted under a vehicle parked near a private hospital at Zarghon Road, Quetta exploded with big bang.

As a result of blast two vehicles present nearby the scene were damaged and two people sustained injuries who were rushed to hospital by rescue personnel for treatment.

Meanwhile, heavy contingent of police reached the scene of the blast and placing security cordon off in the area collected the evidences.