Caretaker PM Mulk takes notice of Gwadar’s plight

Published: June 27, 2018
Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk. PHOTO: APP

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday sought comprehensive and concrete proposals for addressing issues related to the development of Gwadar Port and fast-depletion of fisheries resources from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.

Chairing a briefing on functions of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, its departments and autonomous organisations at the Prime Minister Office, the PM expressed satisfaction over the performance of the ministry.

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Minister for Maritime Affairs Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Kazim Niaz, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Chairman Rizwan Ahmed, Port Qasim Authority Chairman Asad Rafi Chandna, Gwadar Port Authority Chairman Dostain Khan Jamaidni and senior government officials were present during the briefing.

The Maritime Affairs secretary made a detailed presentation about the working of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Pakistan Deep Water Container Port, Port Qasim Authority, Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) and other organisations falling under the domain of the ministry.

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Giving an overview of the performance of KPT, it was informed that the KPT had earned a profit of Rs4,341 million during 2017-18. Similarly, the Port Qasim also recorded an earning of Rs4,442 million for 2016-17 and Rs5,870 million during the year 2017-18.

Briefing the PM on the development of strategically located Gwadar Port and Gwadar Free Zone area, the secretary highlighted various incentives that have been offered to the concession holder for the development of the port.

The secretary also flagged some issues related to power and availability of drinking water which were hampering speedy development of Gwadar.

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