`No new cantonments in Balochistan as people don’t want it’

April 19th, 2011 - 12:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 19 (IANS) The idea to set up four new military cantonments in Balochistan has been dropped as “people don’t want” it, said Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

General Kayani announced Monday the transition of security responsibilities of the restive town of Sui in Dera Bugti district to Balochistan’s Frontier Corps, reported the Dawn Tuesday.

He said the army soldiers in Sui would return to the Quetta cantonment and there would be no more army presence in the province outside cantonments.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the the newly-established military college in Sui, the general said: “We have converted the Sui cantonment to a military college and dropped the idea of establishing four new military cantonments in Balochistan because people don’t want these. New cantonments will be built only when the people of the province wish for.”

He said the decision was aimed to make people believe that since it was a national institution, the army respected their opinion.

He said that a separate wing of the Frontier Corps would replace the army units in Sui.

A statement quoted the army chief as emphasising “the vital requirement of unified national support to the armed forces, without which no force can fulfil the mission of defending a state/nation”.

He said the army would establish an Army Medical College, an Institute of Mineralogy and a Cardiac Treatment Centre in Quetta to equip the Baloch youths with higher education in relevant fields.

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