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Gwadar port vital for economy


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THIS refers to completion of Gwadar deep sea project that has immense strategic and socio-economic value. It is sad that such a high value project is a victim of government’s negligence as the completed part of port project has enabled it to be used only for transportation of bulk cargo like wheat and urea.

The construction of Gwadar port was embarked upon by the government with Chinese assistance in March 2002. Its first phase was completed in December 2006 at a cost of $248 million.

However the port, which was to become one of the world’s largest deep sea ports, came to a standstill due to traditionally lethargic and unprofessional approach of ministry concerned and associates.

Sadly, like PIA, railways, power and energy sector, Steel Mills, the port project is yet another victim of apathy of the government.

It is high time development is started at the Gwadar port in the face of major regional and economic challenges. The port, once fully operational would serve as hub of trade and economic activities in the whole region enabling high volume cargo movement to and from the landlocked Central Asian states, up lift of the impoverished people of Balochistan by providing thousands of employment opportunities.

It will also serve as an alternative deep water port as it is situated 470km away from Karachi making it less vulnerable to the Indian naval blockade. So in the best national interest, there is a need that the government should adopt corrective measures and appoint sincere leadership which could amicably resolve the extraneous issues (including any political considerations or pressure from any political groups) standing in the way of this project of unparalleled significance.

SHAMSA ASHFAQ     Islamabad

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rich Jan 07, 2013 01:55pm
the port is suffering bec no one is intrested in using it singapore dubai ect were intrested but realised the port area did not belong to pakistn but to baluchistan, and the balouch will not let caego pass unhindred thru balouch land so fitsy have a peaceful accord with balouch people aand then start the operation All the best
Indian Jan 07, 2013 04:34pm
Pakistan did have an strategic location advantage. The advantage is vanishing because of Pakistan's own deeds. China has created several alternative routes to central Asia in the North. India, Iran, Russia and Central Asian states are creating alternative route bypassing Pakistan. The world is not going to wait for Pakistan to put it's house in order. Neither China, nor India nor world is dependent on Pakistan's transit routes. Gwadar port "could have been" the Panama of Asia but then history is full of strategic mistakes.
Ishfaq Muhammad Din Jan 07, 2013 06:35pm
Port should be completed asap. The CJ should leave the executive on his feet so that they would be able to develop the country and leave corruption from the institutions.
Akram Jan 07, 2013 04:23pm
my understanding is Gwadar is awaiting the results of the feasibility study in to the China - Pakistan railway project. Once this line comes on line, Gwadar will become very active due to Chinese trade passing through Pakistan. President Zardari has been to China recently talking about this if I remember correctly.
mohammad shafiq Jan 07, 2013 03:47pm
if nothing else then at the very least it will provide employment for thousands of our unemployed brethren in the central punjab