Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday said that that nexus of terrorism, crime and corruption will be completely eliminated from the country this year.

GWADAR (Pakistan) – Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday expressed hope that the nexus of terrorism, crime and corruption will be completely eliminated in year.

Speaking during a meeting with Baloch elders in Gwadar, Gen Raheel said that 2016 will be a year of national unity and peace.

“More progress will be achieved in 2016 with support of the nation,” he said, adding that the armed forces will not hesitate in rendering any sacrifice for the country’s peace.

The COAS also paid rich tributes to the proud and valiant people of Balochistan and thanked them for their unconditional cooperation and support for development projects, assuring them that they will be best served by these projects.

Gen Raheel emphasised that the potential of Balochistan as a regional hub for trade in goods and energy will only be realized with a national approach for its security and development.

Commending Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps and other law enforcement agencies for extraordinary efforts for security, the COAS said completion of these projects is directly linked with law and order situation of the province and vowed that the armed forces will take all necessary actions to help bring back normalcy.

 The COAS also visited Turbat and Talar and reviewed progress of projects being constructed by Army Engineers as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He was briefed in detail about the law and order situation in Balochistan, particularly in Makran division and progress on the ongoing development projects. He was told that overall security situation in Makran division had improved, and graph of militancy had declined considerably.

Gen Raheel expressed his satisfaction over steps being taken for restoration of peace in Makran division and directed all concerned to take stringent security measures for the security of engineers and labourers, particularly for Chinese nationals working on Gwadar Port and other projects.