QUETTA - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif yesterday said Balochistan people had absolutely rejected foreign-sponsored terrorists

He was addressing the officers and troops of Southern Command and Frontier Corps on his arrival here as part of his valedictory visits. The COAS said Balochistan people had clearly rejected foreign-sponsored terrorists and backed the state in busting their networks. He also paid glowing tribute to the forces over unrivalled services for Balochistan due to which the tide in the province had turned against terrorists and their sympathisers. He added a large number of Ferraris were surrendering, adding the security forces would continue to work with the provincial and federal governments towards greater security and stability.

Earlier, Southern Command Commander Lt-Gen Aamer Riaz and Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Maj-Gen Sher Afgan received the chief of army staff on his arrival at the venue,.

Raheel Sharif maintained Gwadar Port and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in new era of hope and prosperity for the area with dividends reaching the common man.

He also lauded Southern Command for reintegrating youth by their mass induction into Frontier Corps and Army, rehabilitation of earthquake-hit Awaran and training 6,000 policemen and levies.

General Raheel Sharif added security and assistance to the civil government in institution-building and development work in remote areas had been his priority which brought him to Balochistan almost every month.

He also appreciated improvement in management of long and treacherous border with Afghanistan and Iran, which had helped improve overall security situation in Balochistan.

The COAS also commended Southern Command for managing an arduous task of construction of over 1,000-km-long road network in the rugged and hostile terrain by FWO and NLC, which helped in operationalisation of CPEC in a stipulated time frame.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri also called on Chief of Army Staff Gen Rahil Sharif in the provincial capital.