"The new year will be the year when terrorism will end," he said yesterday while addressing tribal elders of Gwadar, Talar and Turbat areas of Makran division.

Gen Sharif, however, stressed the need for the entire nation to extend support to the armed forces in this regard.

"Peace and justice will be ensured across the country with the support of the nation," he was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

He said the "elements involved in the bad practice of financial misappropriation" should also be dealt with strictly.

All the 'negative forces' in the nexus would be defeated, said the Army Chief during a visit to review the progress made in the projects undertaken by army engineers as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He went on to add that Baluchistan would be turned into a peaceful province.

While highlighting the importance of the under-construction projects, Gen Sharif said all possible measures would be taken in collaboration with the provincial government to make Gwadar a safe city for local and foreign investors.

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