As part of his goodbye visits, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa stopped at the Quetta Garrison. The event was held on Tuesday according to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations. COAS paid tribute to the fallen soldiers and offered fateha for them, according to the statement.
The Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor, welcomed the COAS as he arrived. Also, the Corps Commander received the COAS with all military honours. The military’s media said that he talked with officers and troops. He also placed a flower wreath at the martyrs’ monument.
Army commanders recognised the efforts and contributions that the corps made. Bajwa also mentioned its formations to promote socioeconomic growth, peace, and stability in the province. He also appreciated their support of the provincial administration during the recent flooding.
Later, in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates, General Bajwa also opened Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is the Institute of Cardiology in Quetta (ICQ) with a capacity of 120 beds. It is the world’s first cardiac institution (UAE).
According to the ISPR, other guests included the ambassador of the UAE. Also the director of the Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme (UPAP). The governor and chief secretary of Balochistan attended the ceremony too.
“COAS said that this cardiac institute will serve the population of Balochistan at Quetta. And two more such facilities are also planned for Balochistan under the same project. ” the statement read.
In addition, the army commander gave the Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam to Abdullah Khalifa Saeed Al-Ghafeli. The award was on behalf of Pakistani President Dr Arif Alvi.
Besides the Command and Staff College and the School of Infantry and Tactics, General Bajwa also visited them. The army chief had conversations with instructors and aspiring officers during these trips.