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GWADAR: A group photo of senior Chinese and Pakistani Navy officials at the handover ceremony of two ships by China to Pakistan here on Saturday.—Dawn
GWADAR: A group photo of senior Chinese and Pakistani Navy officials at the handover ceremony of two ships by China to Pakistan here on Saturday.—Dawn

GWADAR: China handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy here on Saturday for joint security along the sea route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Recently built in China and equipped with state-of-the-art guns, the ships will be part of the navy.

Chinese officials, who reached Gwadar aboard the ships, handed them over to their Pakistani counterparts at a ceremony at the Gwadar port. Commander of the Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini received the ships which have been named after two nearby rivers Hingol and Basol.

Director General of the Pak­is­tan Maritime Security Age­ncy Rear Admiral Jamil Akh­ter, Commander West Commo­dore Mohammad Waris and top naval and civilian officials were present on the occasion.

“The Chinese ships have be­come part of the Pakistan Navy from today,” Vice Adm­iral Hussaini said, adding that the navy would become stronger with the induction of the ships.

The Chinese government will provide two more ships namely Dasht and Zhob to the navy. Work on the ships is in progress in China and will be completed soon.

China is extending help and cooperation to Pakistan for security along the CPEC’s land and sea routes.

Pakistan has already raised a new division of the army to ensure security along the CPEC route and in and around the Gwadar port. Security of Gwadar city has been handed over to the army’s new division raised during the tenure of former chief of army staff retired Gen Raheel Sharif. Speaking at the ships handover ceremony, Vice Admiral Hussaini said that the economic corridor was a reality. It would prove to be a game-changer for Pakis­tan and China, and the entire region would benefit from it.

“The CPEC will open new vistas of speedy development in Balochistan and create thousands of jobs for its youths,” he said.

He termed the induction of the Chinese ships into the Pakistan Navy a historic moment and said that the ships would be deployed for the security of the Gwadar port and the sea route of the CPEC.

Vice Admiral Hussaini said: “It is a great day for Pakistan and its people as such kind of ships have been inducted in the navy for the first time.”

With the passage of time, he said, Pakistan-China friendship was becoming stronger and deeper than the ocean.

He said that the navy and Gwadar had historic relations as the navy had arrived in the town when it was merged with Pakistan.

It was a matter of happiness that the Baloch youth were joining the navy to serve Pakistan and its people, he added.


Clarification

The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has clarified a report published in Dawn’s Sunday issue under the headline, “Two Chinese ships arrive for Gwadar port security”.

According to the agency, the two ships have not been provided exclusively for protection of the Gwadar port. “The ships will be employed in all maritime zones of Pakistan to undertake search and rescue operations,” the PMSA said.

The vessels were handed over to the agency in Guangzhou, China, and not at Gwadar (as stated in the Dawn report).


The headline of this story was changed following the clarification.


Published in Dawn, January 15th, 2017


Comments (91) Closed



Irtiza Jan 15, 2017 07:55am

Excellent

Dsm Jan 15, 2017 07:54am

Congratulations pak navy & Pakistan people

Khan Jan 15, 2017 08:04am

Both China and Pakistan should work hard to develop friendly and peaceful environment where all countries including India can take part in commerce and trade. Kashmir issue should be resolved through UN as per wishes of people of Kashmir. Lets prosper together as a region.

SAM Jan 15, 2017 08:09am

Thank you to our Brothers in China. CPEC will indeed change Pakistan's destiny.

Smart Solutions Jan 15, 2017 08:21am

Excellent. May Almighty make Pakistan a strong country so its enemies dare not plan against it.

Alex Jan 15, 2017 08:22am

Great News indeed!

Fast Jan 15, 2017 08:33am

Well done Pakistan- China. Keep it up and maintain a superiority in the region.

ifti Jan 15, 2017 08:41am

Much needed boost to protect Pakistan Sea Lanes. Thank you CHINA.

Philanthropic Jan 15, 2017 08:44am

Thumbs up !

Varun Jan 15, 2017 08:44am

Too much reliance or dependence on anyone won't be good for Pakistan, there r no permanent friends or foe in International relations

Pak Patriot Jan 15, 2017 08:50am

This is an excellent move on the part of China to hand over two ships followed by another two, for the security of Gwadar Port . Great strategic move by China, to shut down any devious intentions of our enemy neighbours. Our Baloch youth, should educated themselves and get ready to accept great responsibilities and jobs, as the Province of Baluchistan is in for big positive change.

Jawad Jan 15, 2017 08:49am

Love for China!!

vion Jan 15, 2017 08:58am

Very positive development. But it should also be not ignored how US would see it

Admiral Jan 15, 2017 09:16am

Let us also know at what price we are procuting these Chinese ships and their capabilities.

Rahim Jan 15, 2017 09:47am

Who pays for the ships?

khanm Jan 15, 2017 09:55am

For business the environment has to be congenial, wonder how you do business when they are security threats... anyway good luck

N_Saq Jan 15, 2017 10:02am

As I said, CPEC is just the beginning and if carried out correctly where all will benefit I.e. rich, poor, all provinces etc then it will make Pak otherwise it will break Pak.

If Pak is sincere in sharing the benefits of CPEC with entire population then China will end up investing trillions in Pak otherwise China will walk away and Pak will end up broken. So it is upto Pak leadership what and how they want to proceed.

Sohail Wazir Jan 15, 2017 10:07am

Long live the great China and Pakistan friendship.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 15, 2017 10:09am

Love you Sino-Pak friendship. Long live China and Long live Pak.

Love to China. Iron Brothers.

ANT Jan 15, 2017 10:16am

Are they free?

Muhammad Arshad Jan 15, 2017 10:22am

Good News

UzF Jan 15, 2017 10:23am

All the best! Long live Pak China friendship!

Commentator Jan 15, 2017 10:44am

China Pakistan friendship - a nut, hard to crack!

Jalbani Baloch Jan 15, 2017 10:41am

Good thing, but simple corridor would not change the fate of Pakistan. If it had been so, the Suez Canal, would have changed the fate of Egyptians. Unless China invests in Pakistan and shifts its portion of industries in Pakistan, full-fledged prosperity will still be an un-accompalished reality.

saudagar Jan 15, 2017 10:45am

SO the truth is ultimately out , gwadar was a disgiuse for chinese navy to get free docking at expense of telling true lies to all that it is beneficial for economic development , all the best .

imran Jan 15, 2017 10:51am

Thank you China. Long live Pak China friendship.

Zak Jan 15, 2017 10:49am

Pakistan is consolidating its route security. We are getting stronger.

Shaukat Ali Khan Jan 15, 2017 10:52am

Defence pact is the next step; most awaited.

Booza Jan 15, 2017 10:54am

Cool

RAHIM Jan 15, 2017 11:06am

East India Company

Dr Afridi Jan 15, 2017 11:17am

This is perfect, we give them CPEC road for trade and they provide us with security...

Amir Jan 15, 2017 11:17am

Brothers in Arms !!

The RAVIAN Jan 15, 2017 11:30am

Union is strength....

VY Jan 15, 2017 11:37am

Were the ships sold or given for free? It should be clearly mentioned. Is it a gift in return for the security offered or is it just another arms import deal? What about Gwadar port? Is China paying rent for leased land in return for security from Pakistan (which entails significant costs)? Lots of questions need answering. I am suspicious that Pakistani high officials have taken bribe from China to give every facility for free and also import weapons for it at Pakistan's expense

Aftab Jan 15, 2017 11:43am

India will spook to see this development.

Sohail Jan 15, 2017 11:41am

Cooperation between Pakistan and China is inevitable to deter trouble makers and seekers in and around our neighborhood. Pakistan Navy should have a dominating position in the Arabian Sea to safeguard our interests in the region. This step is just a drop in the ocean, a lot more need to be done.

SAYED UZAIFA JAZAR Jan 15, 2017 11:43am

Pakistan, should abort all cruise , ships , air defense project and start working on

  1. Ships(stealth and LASER air defence weapons) with quantum Radar 2.Cruise(jet based are old and obsolete) Ramjet is 100% need. work , on it !!! 3.Air laser weapons is need at any cost .SAM(are now dead)
kanwarch Jan 15, 2017 11:46am

Pakistan China friendship Zindabad.

Ahsan Jan 15, 2017 11:57am

Heartiest Congratulations to all those who pioneered in developing,designing and executing the prestigious CPEC. Mashallah the result of such endeavors have started coming. LONG LIVE PAK-CHINA FREINDSHIP

Nr Jan 15, 2017 12:06pm

@RAHIM it is sad that some Pakistanis think so. It's a team work to achieve common goals.

Surya Kant Agrawal Jan 15, 2017 12:18pm

Great news.

Hello Jan 15, 2017 12:22pm

Thats good, but at what cost these ships are supplied..? Or is it free of cost...? Someone told me once there are no free lunches...! Would have been better if these were built by Chinese in Pakistan.. ....

Good luck and best wishes

Satya Jan 15, 2017 12:39pm

The relationship is getting deeper which is good in a sense but Pakistan needs to engage better relationship with others big countries like Russia, Japan and EU. Too much dependency on one country will make them vulnerable.

fasih uddin Jan 15, 2017 12:49pm

great news

jave Jan 15, 2017 01:00pm

its called true friendship. China will set the example of love and care for Pakistan.

NKAli Jan 15, 2017 01:00pm

Waaah! Zabardast! Let Pakistan also come up socially and economically to the level of China. Let us make ourselves readily available to develop the important sectors of Pakistan. Thank you China. Salams

Allb Jan 15, 2017 01:56pm

CPEC- Make this a mega success inshallah! All Pak-China must embrace this! Best Wishes.

Aman Jan 15, 2017 02:20pm

Pakistan "is" 35th Province of People''s Republic of China (PRC) and there is nothing surprising in its giving security of CPEC sea route by this move! More we will see in coming days!

Pk Jan 15, 2017 02:51pm

This is like giving ourselves up to Chinese for any thing and everything that they desire.

Billa Jan 15, 2017 03:12pm

The project is coming alive. Excellento!

SDA Jan 15, 2017 03:29pm

Excellent! Thanks to Chinese brothers and it friendship with Pakistan. Long Live Pak-China friendship.

Goga Nalaik Jan 15, 2017 03:33pm

Good move indeed

Gerry D'Cunha Jan 15, 2017 03:40pm

An excellent news in 2017 for Pakistan and its people.

The end is near Jan 15, 2017 03:39pm

Pak-China friendship Zinda Baad.

M. Asghar Jan 15, 2017 03:47pm

The CPEC will be beneficial for China and Pakistan, if both of them do their respective share of job well and in an accountable manner.

Valiya Jan 15, 2017 03:52pm

Pakistan need China for everything even for internal security. Alas!

akram Jan 15, 2017 04:34pm

no details of the type of ships?

Zia Jan 15, 2017 04:54pm

Long Live our friendship

Taimoor KHAN Jan 15, 2017 05:37pm

@Varun There is no one way reliance. China is relying on Pakistan for shorter trade route specially after issues in South China sea. It's called mutually beneficial interdependencies between states.

Iftikhar Husain Jan 15, 2017 05:35pm

This is the best news for Pakistan it is going to be a game changer.

shahid Ahmed Jan 15, 2017 05:37pm

indeed it was desperately needed to have maritime security apparatus for Gwadar which is now accomplished with the help of China.Whereas China has splendid role in establishing Pakistan Navy against modern technological needs

Carl joey Jan 15, 2017 05:57pm

Already Chinese exports have increased dramatically without any reciprocal effect. Next it's time to protect it.

malik Jan 15, 2017 06:05pm

Long Live Pakistan

hassan Jan 15, 2017 06:31pm

@saudagar You probably missed the contents on purpose. The ships have been procured by Pakistan Navy from China, just as India did and does, and just as Pakistan has been procuring these from US. These are ships of Pakistan Navy, manufactured in China.

of course, the title too is misleading, to be fair.

Kitab Jan 15, 2017 07:11pm

Happy for Pakistan that China is doing lot of things for them. India wishes all the success for CPEC, minus India, because it is purely a bilateral undertaking between Pakistan and China.

Smart Solutions Jan 15, 2017 07:52pm

@Jalbani Baloch Yes, It would be great if China sets up manufacturing plants and industries to manufacture goods in Pakistan and create jobs for Pakistanis, for local consumption and export purposes. However, if it is all about industrial production in China and using Pakistani territory for transportation routes only, than not much progress or job creation can be expected within Pakistan. So its all about negotiating skills of officials who negotiated the business deal. Hopefully it is a win-win deal for both countries.

JAMEEL WANI(occupied kashmir) Jan 15, 2017 07:58pm

Pak China dosti zindabad........bt be alert......ur enemy is watching this whole scenario of development

shawn Jan 15, 2017 08:47pm

@VY it is a gift

shawn Jan 15, 2017 08:50pm

@Carl joey you cant blame china for that.... Nawaz is keeping investments and exports of Pakistan. So blame them china wants t enhance everything with pakistan.

shawn Jan 15, 2017 08:50pm

@Satya Japan and russia have good relations with Pakistan and Eu is keeping pakistan from deveoping

Ednan Jan 15, 2017 09:31pm

This cooperation will yield multi-aspects benefits to both nations, prime ones are economy and security.

keyur Jan 15, 2017 10:01pm

Pak will not be self sufficient as long as it receives loans and alms from someone. First it was USA and now it is China. Donor has changed but donation and recipient has not!

Monsieur S Jan 15, 2017 10:08pm

@SAM your brothers have sealed of the borders to China .......; -)

Faisal Jan 15, 2017 11:12pm

These are pakistan naval ships that were made in China against handsome payment. construction of ships is the only part Chinese have played in it....like any other ship builder. their deployment is PN's initiative and their fuelling/manning is all done by Pakistan Navy. these ships are the part of Pakistan Navy Fleet.

Mike London Jan 15, 2017 11:44pm

Nothing is free in this world.

Ali Jan 15, 2017 11:53pm

China's gift of two patrol craft for Pakistan Navy is greatly welcomed, as they will help secure sea lanes from pirates, smugglers and terrorists. This security will help growing maritime trade in the region. Navy had ordered 8 GRC43M patrol crafts from USA in 2014, their delivery should be expedited. Pakistan has to protect 660 mile coastline from terrorism.

Manoj Jan 16, 2017 11:35am

Hope the user manual is properly translated into Urdu from Mandarin.

Bhola Bhala Jan 16, 2017 12:49pm

@Jak, How come no Pakistani would like to migrate to China for a better opportunity but they all prefer to go to the US?

SAM Jan 16, 2017 02:17pm

@Manoj "Hope the user manual is properly translated into Urdu from Mandarin." No worries Pakistan is using Chinese arms for the last 60 years, so I think that wont be a big problem. Hope all the leaked Data about the French subs is written in some alien language which nobody can translate .

Imran Altaf Jan 16, 2017 05:17pm

lets hope they can maintain them and work them properly

SHAHID MAHMOOD Jan 16, 2017 06:05pm

@Imran Altaf what an earth are you talking about. Who do you think is maintaing the other defence stuff we have,,, Aliens.

Umair Jan 16, 2017 06:42pm

Great Step

Babu Desai, bihar Jan 16, 2017 09:48pm

@Aftab. These are nothing but gunship boats which are meant for coast guards not navy.

AD Jan 16, 2017 11:09pm

Just like that...wonderful gesture. Please make sure they are in working condition.

California Jan 16, 2017 11:11pm

Congratulations from India !!!.... I wish Pakistan, China and India work together for regional development for benefits of people from both side

Adeeb from Texas Jan 17, 2017 12:05am

@Varun I am a Pakistani and agreed 100%

sajed syed Jan 17, 2017 09:10am

@keyur , so true, you hit nail on the right spot.

Dr.shaikh Jan 17, 2017 01:42pm

@Varun yeah just like india depends too much on u.s and earlier did on ussr so just dont worry indians we Pakistanis are better without ye...

Dr.shaikh Jan 17, 2017 01:47pm

@vion we do not care about u.s anymore we are better off in brotherhood with china...

P DATTA Jan 17, 2017 03:13pm

@RAHIM Abolutely spot on...

PP Jan 18, 2017 12:51am

Will these go back, if in future Pakistan feels that these are not needed anymore?

These have come to protect, but who will be operating them and under who's command it will operate?