Pakistan considering to link Gwadar with Chabahar: Sartaj Aziz

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

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.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Haji Atiya
    May 27, 2016 - 12:05PM

    Huh ?! Smacks of if you can’t beat them, join them… But who gave Sartaj Aziz the green light to unilaterally propose and presume this is what all parties (Iran, Central Asia and India) desire ?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 27, 2016 - 12:42PM

    China will never allow it. Satrap Aziz should have checked with China first. China wants to make Gwadar it s naval port.Recommend

  • Greg
    May 27, 2016 - 12:48PM

    Looks like the political, economic, and strategic consequences of the Chabahar is slowly sinking in…Recommend

  • Prada
    May 27, 2016 - 12:55PM

    Support for Chabahar has suddenly jumped after Obama’s endorsement. Japan now wants to be part of the project. This will be a great opportunity for landlocked nations which otherwise wouldn’t have any.Recommend

  • Navayana
    May 27, 2016 - 12:59PM

    Right spirit sir.. the way forward for south Asian prosperity lies in economic/trade connectivity. In the pre-British days the Mughals, Safavids and Ottomans ensured stable connectivity between Indo-gangetic plains and Europe. The maritime trade promoted by British/European interests made our subcontinent poor. The chinese OBOR and Indian projects will ensure growth for next 3-4 generations Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 27, 2016 - 1:00PM

    people who don’t give land access to India,dont have any moral rights to link the port developed by India.This dream will happen if three parties involved in the development agrees.Recommend

  • jay
    May 27, 2016 - 1:10PM

    Did he ask the Indian, Irani and the Chinese. ? all these 3 countries are much economically stronger that Pak, so i suggest ask their permission 1st then speak. Recommend

  • ali
    May 27, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Pakistan and Iran should full benefit of their ports from China, India along with Afghanistan and Central Asian Countries. Kabul distance to Karachi and Gwadar is 500KM less than Chahbhar.

    It is a win-win for Iran and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sanjit
    May 27, 2016 - 1:27PM

    Neither china nor India will allow it.Recommend

  • durga
    May 27, 2016 - 1:33PM

    No it is not possible.Also its risky as India is investing $ 20 billion in industries, there will be security issues.Recommend

  • May 27, 2016 - 1:55PM

    Chabahar has not competition with Gawadar. Its a small port which cannot fulfill Indian/Iranian ambitions. Its more propaganda than the reality. Gawadar is natural deep sea port. Recommend

  • Rishi
    May 27, 2016 - 2:01PM

    Nope, it’s not 500km, the difference is very less. distance from Kabul to Gwadar by road is 1,813 km and to Chabahar is 1850km. So the difference is only 37 kilometers! Recommend

  • Rajesh
    May 27, 2016 - 2:24PM

    There he goes. The proof of pudding is in eating. The old horse off late has realised that pakistan may get isolated if he did not catch the bus, thus now making all efforts without taking permission from owners.Recommend

  • Revenge
    May 27, 2016 - 2:30PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers ! So just focus on your Gwadar (made in China) which won’t last long as history of Chinese projects suggests.Recommend

  • Faisal
    May 27, 2016 - 2:32PM

    All Pakistan has to do is open wagha to kill chabahar.Recommend

  • whatever
    May 27, 2016 - 2:58PM

    India starts other follows..from nuclear bomb, NPT to NSG, Pakistan always try to emulate whatever India doesRecommend

  • Lodhi
    May 27, 2016 - 3:09PM

    Pakistan should also collaborate with some random country like Papua New Guinea on some projects just for the heck of it. May be also collaborate with Swaziland (not Switzerland), Botswana, Gabon, etc.Recommend

  • hafeez
    May 27, 2016 - 3:33PM

    I’m surprised that the adviser is oblivious to the basic challenges being faced by us, where we are not performing up to the mark. He seems to be living in a zombie state.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    May 27, 2016 - 3:50PM

    Good …… let their be direct route from Chabahar, Gwadar, Karachi, Munabao to Jaisalmer?Recommend

  • Guru Vivekanand
    May 27, 2016 - 3:51PM

    @Faisal, wishful thinking, first, if the wagah was opened earlier India would not have to seek an alternative route to begin with, second, now that India has committed to Chahabhar and already invested India will not back track. So even if the wagah border are opened for trade, I highly doubt that this country would dump chahbahar (reliability) for wagah (unreliability).Recommend

  • SH
    May 27, 2016 - 4:08PM

    Gawadar and Chabahar both will help the region and the poors to prosper, which are found in abundance in the entire region. Recommend

  • sajid
    May 27, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Gawadar and Chabahar both will help the region and the poors to prosper, which are found in abundance in the entire region. Recommend

  • khan of karachi
    May 27, 2016 - 4:51PM

    why sartaj aziz saying pakistan will link cpec to chabhar. cause each and every work in pakistan is done and funded by china. pakistani govt. has no right to make such decision.Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    May 27, 2016 - 5:08PM

    Check mate by pakistan. i can see indians burning already. now this is what we call master stroke.Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    May 27, 2016 - 5:14PM

    India owns only 2 births at chabahar not all of the port. Port belongs to iran. Reading all the comments from neighbors made me laugh. we dont need indian permission to connect ports. India can keep its 2 births.Recommend

  • Syed Zulfiqar
    May 27, 2016 - 5:23PM

    This time Sartaj Aziz acted intelligently … well done.Recommend

  • abhi
    May 27, 2016 - 5:29PM

    It’s the time to block Pakistan and it’s friend to central Asia. This is the fear that they want to connect to Chabahar.Recommend

  • someone
    May 27, 2016 - 5:36PM

    One year down the line, China may stop investing in Gawadar and switch to Chabahar :-)Recommend

  • Guru Vivekanand
    May 27, 2016 - 5:49PM

    @pakistani bloach, checkmate? Let see what you wrote “India owns only 2 births at chabahar not all of the port
    I have not gone into the details about the agreement but going by your assessment even if India owes 2 portions (your wrote birth, I guess you meant berth) that will be enough for India to move on with its trade. Checkmate would have been no more moves.
    BTW, chess was an Indian invention.Recommend

  • someone
    May 27, 2016 - 8:23PM

    @pakistani bloach:
    Checkmate??? LOL. Do you even have money to invest in Chabahar???? Recommend

  • Jaggu
    May 27, 2016 - 9:32PM

    That would be icing on the cake. Everything is possible in this world.Recommend

  • salman
    May 27, 2016 - 9:46PM

    LOL checkmate to India. Indian influence and status won’t be nothing more than a customer in a longer run.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 28, 2016 - 9:51AM

    @Guru Vivekanand:
    Chess? Just as much Persian invention as Indian ! In fact, the chess played in Persia at that time more closely resembles the modern chess played today. And there’s more: numerous civilizations had some form of chess that was locally developed at roughly the same period. So you don’t have to cite to us what some ‘historian’ Lord Heehaw had to say about chess being an Indian thing, thank you very much !Recommend

  • Guru Vivekanand
    May 29, 2016 - 8:00PM

    @Haji Atiya, Persian invention? Chess originated in India, some time before the 7th century; the Indian game of chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games xiangqi, janggi and shogi. The pieces took on their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the rules were finally standardized in the 19th century.

    Welcome btw.Recommend

  • Zmarai
    May 31, 2016 - 12:38PM

    @ 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. Recommend

  • rich
    Jun 2, 2016 - 8:36AM

    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 ?Recommend

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