Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be truly successful "when it lifts Balochistan to its rightful place," reported the military's media wing.
He made the remarks while distributing prizes to various participants of the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, which started on Oct 21 from Khunjerab and finished at Gwadar on Tuesday night. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri also attended the ceremony.
"Balochistan’s progress is Pakistan’s progress," asserted Gen Bajwa, according to Inter-Services Public Relations.
"The Pakistan Army will extend full support and assist the socio-economic development of Balochistan by the government," the COAS said.
Pakistanis are peaceful, sports-loving, resilient and bound to rise despite all challenges, he said, adding that the rally is a vindication of Pakistan’s progress towards peace and stability.
"Every Pakistani from Khunjrab to Gawadar is committed to peace and progress of the country," the COAS remarked.
He appreciated the spirit of organisers, participants and the supporters from across the country.
A large gathering of locals and civil and military officials witnessed the concluding event held under arrangements of the Pakistan Army. Earlier, on arrival, the COAS was received by Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, Commander Southern Command and the host organiser of the event.