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Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri, COAS Gen Raheel Sharif, PM Nawaz Sharif and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong attend ceremony. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain
Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri, COAS Gen Raheel Sharif, PM Nawaz Sharif and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong attend ceremony. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain
A convoy of trucks pictured near the Gwadar port on Saturday. — Photo by Khurram Husain
A convoy of trucks pictured near the Gwadar port on Saturday. — Photo by Khurram Husain
A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain
A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a grand opening ceremony at the Gwadar port on Sunday marked the operationalisation and opening of trade activities at the port, a key project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

PM Nawaz marks opening of trade at Gwadar port. ─APP
PM Nawaz marks opening of trade at Gwadar port. ─APP

PM Nawaz while addressing a ceremony marking the departure of the first major trade cargo from Gwadar Port emphasised Pakistan's commitment to China's One Belt-One Road initiative.

"We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the CPEC and all the projects under its umbrella are materialised within the given time," he said.

"This idea was conceived only two years ago, and this day marks the breaking of the dawn of a new era."

"CPEC is for entire Pakistan and no region or province will be left out of it," the PM said, in an apparent attempt at putting to bed the reservations of smaller provinces that claim the project doesn't benefit them.

"The newly-constructed roads in Balochistan have opened up new areas that were inaccessible and deprived of development... and have brought peace to a volatile region," the premier said.

PM Nawaz addresses opening ceremony. ─ DawnNews
PM Nawaz addresses opening ceremony. ─ DawnNews

"The government of Balochistan and the Army have been successful in making the local population a stakeholder in development... Development can never be sustainable if it creates islands of properity. It must reach the lives of those who have remained mired in a trap of poverty and backwardness," he said.

The One Belt-One Road project integrates development of various regions, he said, adding that it integrates with Pakistan's Vision 2025 which seeks to transform Pakistan into a hub of trade and commerce, harnessing its geo-strategic location into a geo-economic advantage.

"The government has spent Rs49 billion on these projects. Next year, projects worth Rs200bn will be launched," the PM said.

CPEC will help integrate South Asia, China and Central Asia and offer opportunities for people in this region, and investors all over the world, he said.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa earlier tweeted that the first mega trade convoy of containers had arrived from China and will be loaded onto ships.

The trade convoy departed from Kashgar, China, on Oct 29, entered Pakistan on Oct 30 and reached Gwadar on Nov 12. PM Nawaz termed the arrival of the convoy 'a watershed event'.

Chinese vessels were ready at Gwadar Port for shipment of Chinese goods to Middle East and African countries, Radio Pakistan reported.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong told the ceremony today: "This the first time that a trade convoy successfully passed through the western part of Pakistan from the north to the south. It proves the connectivity of the local roads and the realisation of the concept of one corridor with multiple passages."

"This is the first time that the Gwadar port is exporting containers to overseas destinations. It proves the port has restored it designed handling capacity," he said. "This is also the first time that Pakistan and China co-organised a trade convoy through Pakistan to Gwadar port."

Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Nawab Sanaullah Zehri addressing the ceremony said, "Due to the government's hectic efforts, the active participation of our security forces and all-out cooperation fo the people of Balochistan, we have succeeded in curbing anti-state elements, and the law and order situation has improved."

Zehri's claims come a day after a brutal attack on a shrine in Balochistan's Khuzdar area claimed at least 52 lives and injured over 100 other people.

PM Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif at opening ceremony. ─APP
PM Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif at opening ceremony. ─APP

Top civil and military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif, Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Balochistan CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri attended the event.

Executives from Sino Trans, a Chinese logistics company, also attended the ceremony as well as ministers for defence and planning and a number of politicians, especially from Balochistan.

This is the largest collection of VIPs hosted by Gwadar since it witnessed the signing of the 2009 National Finance Commission Award.

Amid tight security and a stream of arriving VIPs, the first consignment of cargoes from China to depart from the Pakistani port arrived at Gwadar on Saturday.

All day long, a stream of trucks of different sizes lined up outside the port to be individually scanned before being ushered in.

Convoys come together

The convoys that joined up in Quetta took diverse routes. One convoy came from China, carrying almost 150 containers which were then shifted onto Pakistani trucks at the Sust border crossing south of Khunjerab in the Northern Areas.

A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain
A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain

This convoy, which carried the bulk of the cargoes to be loaded onto the two vessels berthed at Gwadar port, consisted of trucks as long as 57 feet and travelled down the Karakoram Highway, then turned East towards Jund on the sheer banks of the Indus river about 100km south of Attock.

At Jund, it was met by another convoy that originated in Sialkot — with 50 trucks carrying around 100 containers — and together the whole convoy crossed the Indus river to Kohat where they stayed the night before moving on to Dera Ismail Khan, Zhob and then Quetta, where it stopped for another night.

They were joined by a third convoy originating in Lahore and Sialkot, consisting of 45 trucks carrying approximately 90 containers that moved south to Sukkur, then west on the N65 highway past Sibi and Mastung before joining their companions in Quetta.

A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain
A view of the port. ─ Photo by Khurram Husain

From Quetta, this convoy moved down the N85 highway that runs through Kalat and Panjgur to Hoshab where it intersects the M8 highway that runs through Turbat to link up with the Makran coastal highway just east of Gwadar. M8 was the road where the famous picture of the premier and the army chief riding together in a jeep was taken.

The containers carry cargoes ranging from rice and cotton, to Chinese machinery, some of which is destined for Gwadar for the ongoing development works here, and the rest going abroad.

Two ships — Al Hussain Zanzibar and Cosco Wellington — are berthed at Gwadar to receive the cargoes. They are setting sail for ports in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the UAE and the EU late on Sunday, according to information provided by the FWO.

Around Rs35 billion has been spent on road infrastructure for the CPEC projects in Balochistan alone since 2014, says the FWO chief. He said he pushed for the convoys to take these routes to show that the road infrastructure built during this time is fully capable of handling cargo consignments of this size.


Comments (151) Closed



kamal Pasha Nov 13, 2016 12:48pm

This huge project will benefit every Pakistani. Some people are unnecessarily creating problems in the progress of the country. Any genuine demand should be tabloed in parliament and not by giving statements to the press in the public meetings.

Faheem Ahmed Nov 13, 2016 01:04pm

I wonder why Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif attends all such event within & outside Pakistan with his brother, while there is no mention of Sindh & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ministers.

m. Zaki Nov 13, 2016 01:08pm

Thanks GOD. Finally some thing good came out.

ABu Hajra Nov 13, 2016 01:12pm

Alhamdollilah .... !

Gustaakh Nov 13, 2016 01:16pm

Bravo !!

Karim Nov 13, 2016 01:29pm

Well done

Desi Dimag Nov 13, 2016 01:31pm

Congratulations Pakistan.

Philanthropic Nov 13, 2016 01:36pm

Thumbs up !Long Live Pak -China friendship

Zehan Ahmad Nov 13, 2016 01:44pm

God bless. may this journey of progress and prosperity never stop.

Fast Nov 13, 2016 02:00pm

Changing Pakistan, changing South Asia and changing the whole world, The CPEC

Arsalan Nov 13, 2016 02:02pm

This is just for the benefit of China and we get nothing. China is speeding it up to get maximum benefit in minimum time.

Jahanzeb Nov 13, 2016 02:03pm

We must develop good and lasting relationship with India to which we have so much common rather than China who has nothing common except boundary.

ponnuvel madheswaran Nov 13, 2016 02:03pm

Best of Luck Pak.

sultan ahmad. Nov 13, 2016 02:20pm

It will play a remarkable role in the development of the country.

Khawar Saleem Aslam Nov 13, 2016 02:26pm

All who worked tirelessly for this day deserve our appreciation and thanks.

kaliraja thangamani Nov 13, 2016 02:27pm

Great work by Nawaz Sharif government.

Usman Khan Nov 13, 2016 02:27pm

Congratulations Pakistan. Shukria Raheel Shareef

Sandhu Nov 13, 2016 02:30pm

Rs35 billions only invested in Baluchistan's road infrastructure alone. Wow mashallah. This is turning point in our history. May God bring peace and prosperity in this region.

Sajjad Nov 13, 2016 02:31pm

Long Live Pakistan...

kamal Pasha Nov 13, 2016 02:39pm

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to complete this gigantic project.

Indian Nov 13, 2016 02:40pm

Congratulations. From India

Dunch Nov 13, 2016 02:44pm

Long live Pakistan!! CPEC Zindabad!!!

Fauji Ghee Nov 13, 2016 02:48pm

OK what is total monthly revenue for Pakistan

Kashif Nov 13, 2016 02:48pm

Alhamdulillah !!!!

lafanga Nov 13, 2016 02:50pm

We are doing great service to entire Asia and Europe , by connecting markets and helping people get access to cheap goods and services at quick pace, world should indeed be thankful and help us financially in repayment of CPEC loan.

Ahtasham Nov 13, 2016 02:58pm

Well Done our Lovely Pakistan Army who make Gawadar True!

Amer RAO Nov 13, 2016 02:58pm

Congratulations, Pakistan China friendship Zindabad

akram Nov 13, 2016 03:02pm

can we have details of the newly constructed roads?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 13, 2016 03:08pm

Great.

AAN Nov 13, 2016 03:09pm

@Sandhu How about the hospital and schools. spending Rs 35 Billion on road in Balochistan may not benefit the masses there but hospital and schools will benefit them.

Moona Nov 13, 2016 03:13pm

This is so exciting! Congratulations Pakistan and China! The cowardly enemies of Pakistan have attacked the shrine in desperation, but they will not succeed in their dirty aims, inshallah. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

Ahmed bin Babar Nov 13, 2016 03:12pm

Good luck, now we need RPEC with Russia to double the economic and trade wins...

nADEEM aHMED Nov 13, 2016 03:25pm

Dear Brother Faheem I would like to clarify you that invitation was sent to all chief ministers to attend this historic event but they have other important assignments of their job and they excused to witness this landmark occasion. I hope it is clear to brother now

pak47 Nov 13, 2016 03:28pm

Thank you PM Nawaz Sharif for making this dream come true.

Nomi Goraya Nov 13, 2016 03:29pm

@Faheem Ahmed Sir if you read it CM of other two provinces KPK and Sind were sent invitations but they declined to participate. We sometimes fail miserably to distinguish between local politics and international issues especially when we try to create false mess around the projects which can not be defended. It is is irony that CM KPK is always available on container and criticising the project but never show up when there is some very important event

Suresh Nov 13, 2016 03:32pm

Well done..Lets progress together...From Mumbai

ali mohammed Nov 13, 2016 03:32pm

When we ll export our products through this port?

Sahmad Nov 13, 2016 03:36pm

Idea of CPEC conceived only 2 years ago... Really? I thought the idea was conceived 14 years ago (with a different name) under Musharraf.

Sundji Nov 13, 2016 03:44pm

@Fast. You mean just for road?

dj Nov 13, 2016 03:47pm

@Faheem Ahmed Because he belongs to Royal family.

Muhammad Azeem Khan Nov 13, 2016 03:49pm

Congratulations. A great Achievement Alhmdulillah

chand Nov 13, 2016 03:49pm

@kaliraja thangamani This project was planned and started in Gen Musharaf regime. Nothing special by mian saab but just to keep continue mega project progress. But credit goes to army who make sure security of this project.

muhammad usman khan Nov 13, 2016 03:49pm

@Faheem Ahmed Yes you are right and in what capacity Molana Fazal ur Rehman attended.

Pakistani Nov 13, 2016 03:53pm

Bravo!!!

Congrats to everyone involved in this great project and hats off to the brave men who laid their lives for this cause. Long Live China-Pakistan Friendship. Long Live Pakistan. I am so happy i am feeling like crying. Moment of pride for every Pakistani!!

Malik Nov 13, 2016 03:53pm

@Faheem Ahmed KPK & Sindh Chief ministers were also invited. Other than this occasion you are 100% right. And at least today we do not need to play politics. Long live Pakistan.

News Nov 13, 2016 03:54pm

The beginning of new era of punjab exploitation of country's resources...

Abbas Nov 13, 2016 04:03pm

Indeed a celebratory day for Pakistan, hope all other projects also complete within the estimated time.... Long live Pakistan..

Abhishek verma Nov 13, 2016 04:04pm

Heartily congratulations from India. A happy Democratic and prosperous Pakistan is beneficial not for India only but for entire world.

Fazeel Mehboob Nov 13, 2016 04:03pm

Its really a changing project of Pakistan from poverty to richness and to develop both infrastructural and resources.

AMD Nov 13, 2016 04:15pm

This was excellently done!!! very strategic movement of conveys from china to Gwadar... Thanks God external elements had no influence this time... Long live development...

sam Nov 13, 2016 04:26pm

@Jahanzeb and what this common friend always try to do with Pakistan. Everytime try to humiliate Pakistan.

Erdogan Nov 13, 2016 04:27pm

@Arsalan Pakistan gets much needed import duties, the local traders can also export through gwadar. zero sum game

Shri Dagar Nov 13, 2016 04:27pm

@ali mohammed never. This port is given on lease to China for next 60 years

Shariyaan Nov 13, 2016 04:30pm

Great news .Congratulation to the whole Pakistani Nation-Thank you General Raheel Sharif & the Govt of China-Long live Pakistan)

NaveedKhan Nov 13, 2016 04:39pm

Words can't express the feelings, Congratulations Pakistan! A moment of silence for the countless people who were slaughtered to shatter this dream, but they couldn't break our resilience. This is what make us the nation, which did the impossible. The future is waiting for you with open arms!

Indian4rmblore Nov 13, 2016 04:41pm

Wow very nice, congratulations to Pak people

MUHAMMAD IDREES KHAN Nov 13, 2016 04:46pm

CPEC is surely a game changer, if handled with care and enthusiasm.

Zeeshan Nov 13, 2016 04:51pm

Thankyou Arm forces of Pakistan for timely completion. Good luck Pakistan.

seeker Nov 13, 2016 04:52pm

Congrats China and Pakistan too.

Awan Nov 13, 2016 05:05pm

@Faheem Ahmed take it easy man. .he is Pakistani too. Get out of negativity and prejudice.

Masoud Nov 13, 2016 05:23pm

Hats off to Pakistan- China friendship. This is called friendship of the hearts by the hearts.

majid Nov 13, 2016 05:23pm

@Sahmad true very true

Joe Nov 13, 2016 05:41pm

Wishing Pakistan very best for project to be successful and beneficial to Pakistan.

Feroz Nov 13, 2016 05:41pm

I sincerely hope all these dreams lead to the nation earning significant revenue. Investments without financial paybacks will not benefit the country.

Ptolemy Nov 13, 2016 05:45pm

Ma'ashallah! Right step in the right direction. Everyone in the region is invited to come and join the process.

Sufi Nov 13, 2016 05:46pm

Well done to musharraf for starting it and ns for completing it

Iftikhar Husain Nov 13, 2016 05:47pm

This project was started by last President Musharraf that is bringing fruits it is a great future of the country.

mirza Nov 13, 2016 06:02pm

Hope for the best

Harinath Nov 13, 2016 06:06pm

Congratulations.

Amir Khusro Nov 13, 2016 06:19pm

Master stroke by China

Sher khan Nov 13, 2016 06:27pm

Very good start.

Akbar ahmed Nov 13, 2016 06:40pm

its good reporting, thnx

Saurabh Nov 13, 2016 06:54pm

Congratulations.Its important to have a strong and stable neighbour. You never know, the region may become bigger than Euro Zone. Congratulations and Good Wishes from India.

Syed naqeeb Shah Nov 13, 2016 07:04pm

Thanks for the effort for cpec

syed zafar kazm Nov 13, 2016 07:15pm

Can anyone tell us what, if at all, Pakistan has earned from this massive transportation of cargo on Pakistani soil from one end of the country to the other in any form of duties, taxes or charges?

Rizwan Brohi Nov 13, 2016 07:17pm

can any body explain it in brief that how this project benifits to people of sindh?

nadeem Nov 13, 2016 07:25pm

Wonderful achievement; Congrats PM of Pakistan, COAS & everyone involved especially people of Balochistan. United we stand devided we fall. Love & respect for China & Pakistan

Paklander Nov 13, 2016 07:42pm

God bless Pakistan and China!

zahid iqbal Nov 13, 2016 07:53pm

Alhamdolillah Well Done Pakistan

Harisingh Nov 13, 2016 08:01pm

I am happy to see trade and commerce flourishing in Pakistan. I hope you progress by leaps and bounds.

Investing in science and mathematical education would be the next logical step for developing a solid local industry in services and manufacturing.

Sachin Nov 13, 2016 08:09pm

Congratulations and best wishes. May development start and people prosper.

Gem Khan Nov 13, 2016 08:47pm

PAK China Dosti Zindabad. Alhamdu Lillah

Syam Nov 13, 2016 09:18pm

Congratulations. Wish you a happy and prosperous future.

Muhammad Sharif Nov 13, 2016 09:31pm

Congratulations on the inauguration of China Pakistan Economic Corridor - CPEC today the 13th November 2016 which is hoped to bring fruit to Pakistan in its Economy .

Sami Nov 13, 2016 09:35pm

Congrats.... Let this be a game changer and help in development of Pakistan . Let the Pakistan become better place to live :) a peaceful Pak is good for the region. But make sure that it does not make u dependent on China . China might be a iron friend but don't forget every country will give priority to their own interests.

Umar Farooq Nov 13, 2016 09:36pm

Well Done Pakistan , carry on......

M. Riaz, USA Nov 13, 2016 09:50pm

It is good for development. Every region will benefit.

Dan Nov 13, 2016 09:54pm

49 billion for a nation of Pakistani size is small. Think about it.

XXX Nov 13, 2016 10:00pm

So many cogratulation and hope pakistan should not repent for the move someday in future.

AXH Nov 13, 2016 10:19pm

@Jahanzeb - "We must develop good and lasting relationship with India to which we have so much common rather than China who has nothing common except boundary."

Friendship is not based on commonality of heritage, it is based on commonality of views which we do not have common with India.

Us citizen Nov 13, 2016 10:23pm

So how much money did Pakistan make?

Az Nov 13, 2016 11:43pm

@Jahanzeb no we do not! Best to ignore India

Ardi Nov 13, 2016 11:52pm

May God bless Pakistan. Thanks to both Sharifs!

Observer Nov 14, 2016 12:05am

@Arsalan use the opportunity for your benefit, no one will put on your plate, come on and be innovative, do something and make it happen, opportunity awaits no one.

Imran Nov 14, 2016 12:06am

Pakistan should seek other projects too like CPEC. Army chief Raheel Shareef should be given a special role in CPEC security control.

Abu Donald Nov 14, 2016 12:13am

Pakistan's Gwadar port will be used for Chinese imports and exports. China is the world's second largest economy.

Iran's Chabahar port will be used for Afghan imports and exports. Afghanistan is the 108th largest economy.

Mn Nov 14, 2016 12:17am

@kaliraja thangamani This project was started by pervez mussharaf

J. Shah Nov 14, 2016 12:22am

Goods news. Pakistan is on the right track despite of false propaganda by its neighboring country.

I understand that rail track will be a world supper challenge but it is worth to link China and Central Asia with Pakistan. It will not open up the borders between China and Pakistan but also the two nations will come much closer. It will lead us to prosperity and fight against the poverty and ultimately end foreign intervention which uses locals poor people in terrorist activities.

ANT Nov 14, 2016 01:27am

Not important enough for Chinese president to attend?

Akash Nov 14, 2016 01:55am

Good Luck!!

Tauqeer Nov 14, 2016 02:37am

@Faheem Ahmed

They were invited but they refused to join!

Junaid Khan Nov 14, 2016 03:00am

Now no looking back....In few years Pakistan would be 30 trillion$ economy

TEXANS Nov 14, 2016 04:13am

Being a transportation and logistic support for Chinese economy is not a remarkable achievement. Let's make this a port where we export more Pakistani goods to all over the world than China.

philly Franklin Nov 14, 2016 06:33am

What a wonderful news, Gwader port will not only uplift Our beloved Balochistan but whole of Pakistan. This a game changer, in olden days a few centuries ago Sher Shah Suri made Grand Trunk Road which ran from west to east and whole of Hindustan benefited from it. I Am confident Pakistan and China's destiny are intertwined. Lots of hopes and prayers!!

philly Franklin Nov 14, 2016 07:04am

If we realized the true potential of CPEC it would be the most important and life altering for all the citizens of Pakistan. It will usher in the prosperity, which have been so elusive. Pakistan needs great Economic progress & not more nukes. Let us make peace with our neighbors, which shall set us free to pursue IndustrializationGod Bless Pakistan

Ilyas khan Nov 14, 2016 07:14am

Thai was started by Musharraf how can you build a port in 3 years? Credit goes to Musharraf

Alok Nandal Nov 14, 2016 07:45am

Congratulations!!!

Moby Nov 14, 2016 07:49am

what in the world is the coas and ispr doing with this?..that is the root of most problems with this country.

Akil Akhtar Nov 14, 2016 08:05am

@AAN roads are the basic infrastructure needed to build anything further .....

Akil Akhtar Nov 14, 2016 08:05am

@pak47 It was the so called establishment not NS who made it happen....

Raja Nov 14, 2016 08:08am

One of greatest day in the history of Pakistan.

Zak Nov 14, 2016 08:29am

A regional and global game changer. It makes some 'wannabe' countries in the region totally irrelevant.

Saad Razzaq Nov 14, 2016 08:33am

Congratulations Pakistan! Happy for the news. Just not able to understand why chief of army is present on such occasion? This has nothing to do with defence or any other security matter? Also too all defending Shahbaz Sharif presence, this may be on off instance where other ministers are invited otherwise it's always Punjab first.

Patriot Nov 14, 2016 08:45am

Our memories are very short lived -- this project was initiated by Gen. Parvez Mushrraf lets not forget that and than Him for that.

Nawaz Sharif is showing off others projects.

Likewise the nuclear project was idea of Zulfiqar Bhuto that too got completed in his era and he showed as if it was solely his idea.

This family is quite famous for stealing others projects -- the only project they have come up with is Metro that too with obsolete machinery from Turkey.

Why don't they work on energy crises ???

sam Nov 14, 2016 08:53am

To all my friends on the other side of the border "Chinta na Karo" we welcome you to become a part of CPEC

Abbas Naqvi Nov 14, 2016 09:01am

It is a remarkable success story of Sino-Pak economic cooperation which will change the face of this region. More economic activity through a wide network of regional connectivity through port Gwadar will bring dividends not only to Pakistan but also regional countries interested in joining CPEC. What is important is to ensure proper security of the corridor to encourage other countries to come forward and benefit from this major economic opening. Economic progress and development due to CPEC will also uplift Pakistan's regional and international image. We have certainly turned around the corner.

optimistic Nov 14, 2016 09:12am

So Western route is going to be a reality. What will happen with those whose have been making politics on it?

Hayat Nov 14, 2016 09:12am

@Sandhu but where is the road ? Yesterday we heard that rescue efforts at the Sufi shrine are slow because there are no roads and the terrain is highly inaccessible . My larger point is there needs to be roads for people not just Chinese cargo,

SR Nov 14, 2016 09:44am

All the best. Keep it up.

Shuaib Qasim Panhwer Nov 14, 2016 10:23am

waooow, it was really a great moment. Pakistan-China friendship Zindabad long live both

anony Nov 14, 2016 10:25am

This is excellent news. Thank you Parvaiz Musharraf for initiating the Gawadar project.

SukherA Nov 14, 2016 10:44am

@Abbas Naqvi . My understaning is that Gawadar port is for Chinese exports and imports. Our Karachi port is only 50 % being utilized. My question is,are we getting any fees from the Chinese transport companies for using our roads? and who is responsible for maintaining the roads? The Chinese gave us a loan to build the infrastructure which we have to pay back with intetest and they are the one who are using it heavily. It reminds me of Suez Canal in Egypt but they are receiving over 5 billion dollars a year from vessels passing through the canal.

Afzal Nadir Nov 14, 2016 10:53am

@Indian thank you very much for your good will gesture...

Neighbour Nov 14, 2016 10:54am

Congratulations. Impressed with the speed of completion of Project.

Ahmed Bilal Nov 14, 2016 10:57am

@Suresh Thanks

Ahmed Bilal Nov 14, 2016 10:59am

@Harinath Thanks

ali rehan Nov 14, 2016 11:20am

I wish all our neighbour specially India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan China have stong ties among each other and make such strong alliance like EU. Promote each other trade and economy and get benefits from each other rather then throwing stone.

DAWN READER Nov 14, 2016 11:55am

@m. Zaki If Gawadar port can be built then why not Kalabagh Dam? Where there is a will there is a way. Just do it with military help.

Jey Nov 14, 2016 12:08pm

Congratulations Pakistan.

CSK Nov 14, 2016 12:33pm

@ali rehan Agree . This will atleast reduce the amount spent on defence. Spirit of bilateral talks to resolve the issue will be strengthened. Positive thinking should get positive response even if it is initiated by one state !! Sure it will happen in near future.

John Nov 14, 2016 12:47pm

@ali rehan
Wishful thinking. Who will teach our establishment?

riz1 Nov 14, 2016 12:50pm

Congratulations China. Hope that Pakistan at least benefits a little.

Aamir Raza Nov 14, 2016 12:53pm

@Desi Dimag hope India may also join

Kashif Nov 14, 2016 12:55pm

The project was years in the making. Not developed "two years" ago. Typical of Nawaz Sharif trying to steal credit for this project.

Nasir Nov 14, 2016 03:59pm

@AAN : Hospitals and Schools will follow with improved accessibilty provided by roads and much more.

Karim Mombani Nov 14, 2016 04:47pm

Great News.... China gets to save the journey from the eastern sea to the gulf this way. And the time it took from China to Gwadar is merely 13 days not that bad.. Looking at the whole picture, China could export goods to Middle east and Africa in shorter times and cheaper cost. Now what will Pakistan get out of it?? Pakistan has already waived off the taxes to the Chinese companies shipping their products from Pakistan till 2040 I believe. So how will Pakistan earn?? may be they will fuel their trucks from within Pakistan ;) or may be use our truck drivers and daba's for having food.

Sarai Alamgir Nov 14, 2016 05:10pm

Plan is being hatched in the neighbourhood to destabilize this milestone, expect some major attack, the enemies of Pak cant stomach this progress, I hope the security teams stay alert.

Abbas Naqvi Nov 14, 2016 08:36pm

@Sukhera once completely operational CPEC will start generating substantial revenues to enable Pakistan to repay the Chinese loan. This is only the beginning.

Mohammed daud Nov 14, 2016 10:54pm

Alhamdulillah, after long period of time we the overseas Pakistanis are listening some good news coming from Pakistan, credit goes to every Pakistani; we should not ask “What Pakistan can give us we should ask what we can do for Pakistan. Long Live Pakistan.

someone Nov 15, 2016 02:37am

SO load shedding over , is it?????

someone Nov 15, 2016 02:40am

@sam Thanks for the offer but I think Indians have no worries as long as Chinese navy vessels and submarines do not dock in Gawadar. That would change lot of things and hopefully Pakistanis would be wise enough not to fight another country's war.

Concerned citizen Nov 15, 2016 04:15am

They don't even mention that how are these grand projects funded and how would they benefit the poor people of Pakistan.Fine but these projects should have taken place after tackling the fundamental and basic problems encountered by the millions of Pakistan ie substandard education,unemployment,shortage of hospitals ,scarcity of clean drinking water,load shedding etc.Just imagine that they construct motor ways but the poor people living in remote areas cry for roads but there is no money there to spend.The crux of the matter is that, that is how they make money . Panama Leaks is the evidence.They allegedly transferred money abroad illegally and invested it in their businesses. They invite others to invest in Pakistan and they themselves invest in other countries.Its hypocrisy and selfishness.Is it patriotism or loyalty to the nation.How many businesses and bank accounts did Quaid-i- Azam,Alama Iqbal ,Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan,Sardar Abdur Rabnishtar had in foreign countries?????????????????????

Ataf Ahemed Ansari Nov 15, 2016 11:54am

@ali mohammed This is to facilitate Chinese goods. We will not be able to compete with Chines products and will not be able to ship any thing. This how China operates.

Ataf Ahemed Ansari Nov 15, 2016 11:54am

@Sarai Alamgir I think they have a lot other things to do than bother for this kind of issues.

Ataf Ahemed Ansari Nov 15, 2016 12:05pm

@Saad Razzaq General Raheel Shareef is in charge of security of the project. Hence,his presence was needed.

haider Nov 15, 2016 12:14pm

gwadar port is operational since 2008 why to create fuss and show fake political achievement by making it operational again and again. If you have the guts take aggressive actions and root out corruption from the country the way MODI did?

kashan Nov 15, 2016 12:21pm

Hard to digest that the government is providing relief to Chinese good containers to sustain the economy but it should also give relief to Local good containers. For years traffic police officers are stopping goods carriers in Karachi e.g. near Karsaz Flyover.

Mumbai Based Nov 15, 2016 12:41pm

@Sarai Alamgir Dude it is just a $46 bn project....this amount is peanuts for your "Neighbour" that has $70bn trade with China.

SukherA Nov 15, 2016 05:45pm

@Abbas Naqvi .Your answer is very vague and does not answer my basic question . I am asking specific question of how it will benefit/ generate any revenue for Pakistan. You answer is as vague as the official government line. Do the people of Pakistan deserve a straight answer from the government. When govt avoids answering the question, t it means they are not transparent in their dealings and hiding something. Eventually, one day the truth will surface regardless of how hard they try to supress it.Please ask the hard questions,don't be afraid and don't follow/ believe blindly.

Azad Kashmiri Nov 15, 2016 05:53pm

@SukherA there's plenty off research with numbers to prove it's worth. Can you do research or not? Get over your jealousy and fix the problems in India

Sukhera Nov 15, 2016 09:46pm

@Azad Kashmiri . Please share that research with us? As a pakistani why should I be jealous of this project and fix problems in India which is not my country.You got it all wrong.