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CHHOR

CHHOR The army cantonments of Pano Adil and Chhor were established over a 10-year period, starting in the mid-1980s The principal purpose of these two centers in the remote parts of Sindh was not to deter aggression against Pakistan Instead, these locations were chosen to station the army close to the areas that had experienced political instability One lesson learned by the army in its efforts to help the civil authorities maintain law and order was that it needed to position itself physically close to the centers of perpetual political turbulence The decision to locate a cantonment in Pano Adil, taken during the Zia ul-Haq’s years, was an unpopular one, because it was widely advertised by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as a move by the military establishment to “colonize” the interior of Sindh The decision to establish a cantonment in Chhor, a village in Sindh’s Tharparker district, was made in 1992 by the government of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, but major civil works were begun only in 1994 and 1995 By early 1996, Chhor had started to function as an army center, and the army felt confident enough about the wisdom of its move to mount a major public-relations effort A group of prominent journalists was invited to visit the new cantonment, and they wrote glowing accounts of the positive changes that had resulted from the army’s presence in this remote area

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