Gwadar may be given special status for quicker development: Nawaz

Published: July 5, 2013
This photograph taken on February 12, 2013 shows the construction site at Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. PHOTO: AFP

This photograph taken on February 12, 2013 shows the construction site at Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hinted at a fast track development of the Gwadar Port suggesting it might be accorded a special status so that the project is effectively executed. 

In a meeting with President China Overseas Port Holding Company Limited Sun Ziyun, the Prime Minister said that there should be no delay in the infrastructural development of Gwadar.

He assured that the government will extend its full cooperation to the companies investing in the port’s development.

Nawaz said that the government was looking to develop an airport of international standards in Gwadar and called for early completion of repair and rehabilitation projects on Karakoram Highway.

Nawaz asserted that the highway was of utmost importance and should be rehabilitated without any delay so that bilateral trade between Pakistan and China could progress.

He urged the Chinese company to take up rehabilitation work on Attabad Lake.

Sun Ziyun responded by saying that the rehabilitation work on Attabad Lake was expected to be completed by 2016 and on Karakoram Highway a year earlier.

Sun Ziyun told Nawaz that for the development projects in Gwadar, financial assistance will be sought from the China Development Bank.

He detailed that the infrastructure of roads in Gwadar would be connected to the communication network of the rest of the country so that the transportation of goods is facilitated.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Shaami
    Jul 5, 2013 - 8:56PM

    ET kindly filter out All Comments which are full of Cynicism. ET is infiltrated by trolls from Neighboring country and their Ultimate aim is to disparage everything in Pakistan.
    Infrastructure development create hundreds of thousands of Jobs and these types of Projects will ultimately benefit the general public as well.


  • ahmad
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Nawaz finally did what he said. he earlier hinted out a year ago that we need to give Gwadar a special status for economic development


  • The Paki!
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:22PM

    @ Shaami

    My brother, why do we always shy clearly saying the name of India? Every time i read or hear some news we always say Neighboring country. Why not openly say India?
    Is it due to our Ikhlaaq or what? I am always confused … !!


  • Hari Om
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:22PM

    It is surprising that Gwadar Port which was touted as the next Dubai remains sporadically used and that to only for Government imports of fertiliser and possibly wheat which by virtue of being tax payer subsidised need not be particularly scrupulous about being sensitive to freight economics despite the passage of some six and a half years since its inauguration. That leads me to wonder if the Port was a ploy by the Military to provide a bolt hole for the Navy that was as far away from India as Pakistan’s coastline would permit.


  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Its obvious, that Shaami is rather concerned to face reality and facts !
    However reality shows that this project is going to move forward as the Master is going to take control, and is unlikely that without infrastructure its going to be viable for them, hence the priority for them !
    What about their Energy needs ? Has this been taken into account ?


  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Security is main concern. I think it is time for Pak Govt to show the real face of Baloch Nationalist leaders and their lifestyles to poor Balochi people and what these Sardars have denied them! The Balochi people if told the truth on how they have been manipulated by their Sardars would be first step towards lasting peace.


  • expaki
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:43PM

    Girls and boys at ET, thank you for giving voice to all, even to INDIANS. that is democracy.
    Love and respect you my dears at ET. Jeondaay Raho


  • Ganesh Ji
    Jul 5, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Pretty lackadaisical that the strategic Karakoram Highway (KKH) which was severed in January 2010 by the earthquake induced landslide which dammed the Hunza river and formed of Attabad aka Gojal Lake is only set to reopen in 2017!.

    That hardly lends seriousness to report by ET that “construction of a 200km-long tunnel that amounts to $18 billion in cost. The “Pak-China Economic corridor” will link Pakistan’s Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea and Kashghar in Xinjiang in northwest China.”. ET report is available here:


  • unbelievable
    Jul 5, 2013 - 10:01PM

    Does this mean that you have an unfinished port which was “given” to the Chinese who are reluctant to develop the port because there are insufficient roads/railroads to move product? If so – how much to develop the roads/railroads and who pays?


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 5, 2013 - 10:04PM

    @The Paki!:
    this is easy way to escape from responsibility difficult to find and punish the culprit, it is just like our police use mostly word sectarian killing when some shias are killed is to remain devoid from responsibility to investigate.


  • Silas
    Jul 5, 2013 - 10:40PM

    no matter how many good steps PTI trolls will still find faults. They keep on saying ‘sarkain bananay say taraki nahi hoti’. What they can’t get in their headds is that infrastructure and roads and highways and city development creates thousands of jobs and if we succeed in providing a corridor to China by building these highways, there will be a major boost to the Pakistani economy


  • Mena Pervez
    Jul 5, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Why are Indians so interested in what happens in Pakistan (socially, but politically and economically more). Yes, without doubt India is far developed, and I have no hard feelings against any country but all the sinister comments coming from Indian readers are disrespectful and uncalled for. This would be a big step in Pakistan because Balochistan is a poor province & this would eventually help business come in. I’m thankful this is happening and In Sh Allah God-willing this will do wonders for the country. I hope this is true.


  • Faisal
    Jul 5, 2013 - 11:30PM


    Right on brother!


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jul 5, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Pakistan is indeed ushering into a new era with tremendous growth & development opportunities. This could only be possible under able &dynamic leadership of PMLN.
    Where are the trolls who used to “predict” that Pakistan will be “seeking aid” from Saudi Arabia?
    Pakistan becomes the Trade partner of China because the Chinese government trusts Mian sahib the most. We can foresee similar far-sighted trade investment projects with Turkey and India too!
    Long Live Pakistan


  • Ali Tanoli
    Jul 6, 2013 - 12:04AM

    one of my neighbor in Karachi lost all his saving in gawader and now on sycho medicine??
    govt should stop making big out of gawader please…. baloch peoples are so angry that they don’t wanna see any one there.


  • ali ahmed
    Jul 6, 2013 - 10:02AM

    giving special status toGawadar port……………..or keeping it under the control of Punjab


  • Jul 6, 2013 - 2:07PM

    @ Mena Pervez dear frnd you said “all the sinister comments coming from Indian readers are disrespectful”

    all those Indian readers yo are talking giving about are just giving their opinions but the pakistani readers are percieving thier comments in wrong way.Can you show me in this article which Indian has given sinister comment,have used any slangs or abusing any religion which you are considering disrespectful.Indian readers even questions their own govt action if there is any fault so does that mean they are disrespecting govt,no.Indian readers are talking based on facts but pakistan readers are talking based on sentimental attachment towards China and ignoring facts.Recommend

  • Jul 6, 2013 - 2:08PM

    @ Mena Pervez Ignore little typo error in my comments


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