Pakistan considering to link Gwadar with Chabahar: Sartaj Aziz

Premier’s aide on foreign affairs also hints at declaring Gwadar and Chabahar as ‘sister ports’


APP May 27, 2016
A partial view of the Kalantari port in city of Chabahar. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's top aide Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said Pakistan was considering linking Gwadar with Iranian harbour Chabahar.

“Pakistan welcomes projects of regional connectivity which have the potential to generate economic activity,” Aziz said while responding to a question during a press briefing.

The adviser hinted at a proposal of declaring Gwadar and Chabahar as “sister ports” and said Pakistan was also constructing a road to the Iranian port being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.

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“A number of proposals for regional connectivity are on the cards and even China is pursing routes other than China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the region.”

War against terror

In response to a question regarding the country’s losses in the war against terrorism, Aziz said, “Pakistan has suffered 60,000 casualties of which about 10,000 are those of security personnel.”

The foreign affairs adviser said the war against terror had also caused a $110 billion loss to the country’s economy, adding it was not justified to equate the US financial assistance to Pakistan as “aid” because it was a “reimbursement” of what the country had lost to fight militancy.

“We don’t want to meet our losses through American aid. We want an overall cooperation by the United States which is more important for the region,” he said.

Commenting on the implementation of Pakistan’s anti-terror programme, Aziz said it had been successfully implemented followed by the on-going National Action Plan (NAP).

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“We have the ability to deliver better when facing challenges,” the adviser said when asked about Pakistan’s strategy to cope with the current challenges.

He said being a nuclear power and a stable economy, Pakistan would sail smooth and move forward by overcoming the current issues.

COMMENTS (36)

rich | 4 years ago | Reply oh god is gawadar a failure? or only a route from Pakistan to china? it does not link Afghanistan Iran or Central asia? so if pakistn wants access to CA it will have to go thru china, as afghan may refuse it access is tat why Pakistanis humbly requesting access to cahabar ?
Zmarai | 4 years ago | Reply @ Guru Vivekanand The word checkmate is taken from the Persian/Dari word shahmat which means the king is broken or defeated. As far as comments from Pakistani well wishers and naysayers about Chahbahar is concerned, let them feel good about their narratives. Afghans are thrilled about the prospects and opportunities Chahbahar provides to them and they are already utilizing Chahbahar more than Karachi. The future is bright for Afghanistan and I don't care who invented Chess, let's talk about new inventions, innovations and discoveries that can serve mankind today and not dwell on the inventions of the past.
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