Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the families of the Machh massacre’s victims during a visit to Quetta, the military’s spokesperson said on Wednesday.
According to a statement from the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations, Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, the Pakistan Army chief was in Quetta for a day-long visit, where he was given a detailed security brief at the HQ Southern Command.
Gen Bajwa also interacted with a large gathering of the Hazara community where he assured Hazaras that perpetrators of this heinous incident shall be brought to justice and blood of the martyrs will not go waste.
At headquarters Southern Command, Gen Bajwa was apprised about prevailing security challenges in the province and the measures taken, including border management along Pak-Afghan and Pak-Iran Border.
Later, addressing the garrison officers, the COAS appreciated their preparedness and efforts for ensuring peace and stability in the province despite difficulties of terrain and distances involved. Balochistan is in sharp focus of our enemies due to its strategic potential, he remarked. Balochistan is the future of Pakistan and progress and prosperity of the province is progress of the country, he reiterated. The disruptive efforts by hostile forces won’t be allowed to succeed, the army chief emphasised. Security, stability and prosperity of Balochistan shall be pursued/ ensured to the hilt, he concluded.
Earlier, on arrival at Quetta, Gen Bajwa was received by Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, Commander Southern Command.