Gwadar Port: A Great Development Project Or A Great Game?

Posted on June 11, 2008
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Owais Mughal

I wanted to write on this topic for many months. Finally I’ve got around to write on it. Most of our readers know Pakistan inaugurated its third deep sea port in Gwadar in March 2005. It became operational in March 2008 when first the ship carrying 52000 tonnes of wheat from Canada berthed here. In my opinion a great news of development for Pakistan, especially as a project whose foundation stone was laid just three years ago on March 22, 2002 and its first phase got finished on time in March 2005. Phase I includes building of three multipurpose berths. Gwadar port operations are run by the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) under a 40-year agreement.

So far so good. But what are the strategic and political implications of this project. A quick search on internet will reveal a plethora of conspiracy theories. Some even call it a useless port for Pakistan. Others call it a part of new Great Game being played across the Balochistan province of Pakistan. So what is it?

In my opinion this is a brilliantly planned project and a great strategic move by Pakistan. With Pakistan Motorway Project connecting Gwadar to Peshawar via Punjab, a World Class Coastal Highway (N10) connecting Gwadar to Karachi, it may very well become the trade hub for this century. But while Pakistan has played its best move, other regional and global powers are also not sitting silent and they are making their own moves making Gwadar port a project with multi-dimensonal consequences.

Dimension One: Pakistan’s Strategic Interests

(1) Gwadar is located only 180 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz through which 40% of World’s Oil passes. Gwadar could thus emerge as the key shipping hub in the area providing mass trade to central asian republics as well as across Pakistan and China. A road from Gwadar to Saindak is completed. Saindak is already connected to the RCD Highway (N35) and through Quetta-Chaman it provides the shortest route for trade with Central Asian Republics.

(2) Pakistan also needed a deep sea port away from Karachi so that in times of hostilities Pakistan Navy doesn’t get blockaded. With all the navy ships concentrated at Karachi port, a blockade of Pakistan had been quite easy in the past. With Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara and Gwadar port, PN should be able to spread out its assets. For reference, Gwadar port is 450 km further away from Indian Border than Karachi Port.

(3) Gwadar port will directly and indirectly bring lots of wealth, trade and infrastructure advancement to the area which has been traditionally left behind in developement. Compare it to how Karachi port transformed a once sleepy fishing village to a megapolis.

This is all good news for Pakistan.

The photo above is courtesy of Zahid Shahid at flickr.com

Dimension Two: Chinese Interests in Reaching Blue Waters

(1) It is also widely claimed that there is a Chinese interest in reaching the blue waters of Arabian Sea. This is cited as a strategic move by Chinese as they funded US $198 million (out of total phase I cost of US $248 million) and also provided 450 Engineers on site to finish the project on time. It is said that China is trying to develop its Western regions at par with its Eastern regions to reduce the economic gap within China and to stop the internal migration of people from West to East. It is famously called their ‘Go West’ policy. To market products produced in Western China, ports of Shanghai or other eastern ports are almost 3000 km away from the western production centers where as Gwadar provides access to a port at just 1500 km.

(2) There is another dimension to this project where Gwadar port is considered as the naval outpost for the Chinese. It has been called part of ‘String of Pearls’ strategy of Chinese where they’ve got hold of strategic ports in Gwadar, Bangladesh, SriLanka, Burma, Thailand, Combodia, and South China Sea etc. On a world map, these ports form of string (of pearls) which may form as Chinese line of defense to control oil movement. 80% of oil used in China goes through shipping lines of Malacca Straits. This strategy of a series of ports along the oil shipment routes gives China a forward footing. It is said that China is also wary that US may cut off its oil supplies through Malacca straits in case of any increase of hostilities on Taiwan issue.

(3) China has however, always denied that Gwadar will ever be used by Chinese military. Publicly they have always called it a civilian port of Pakistan.

Dimension Three: Iranian and Indian Interests in the Area

(1) Gwadar port is also making regional players nervous. Iran which is only 72 km away from Gwadar considers it as an economic threat taking business away from Iranian ports. So in competition to Gwadar, Iran has developed its own port called Chabahar with the help of India. Chabahar is located in Iranian Balochistan province of Seestan. India is also building 213 km long road to connect this Iranian port with Afghanistan. India is eyeing this Iranian port as its own shortest route to Central Asian markets and may be a counter balance to Chinese influence in Gwadar.

(2) India may also consider the Chinese influence in Gwadar as a move by China to encircle India, hence their interest in developing Iranian port of Chabahar.

Dimension Four: Baloch Nationalist Interests

(1) Now if you thought that was all, don’t forget the nationalist angle to Gwadar port. Baluchi people in whose province this port has been developed are not 100% behind the project. Their apprehensions are that other provinces will reap the real economic benefits of this development. There is also a resentment against the labor for the port coming from other provinces as well as the real estate boom that Gwadar is seeing is going to people from outside Balochistan. This has resulted in some violence in the area including some attacks even targeted against the Chinese engineers.

The attacks against the Chinese also gives rise to the speculation that our friendly neighbors may be inciting Balochi nationalism for their own economic agenda but there has to be some truth that Baluchis deserve more share in their province’s resources.

I really hope our political leadership use their acumen to pacify feelings of alienation among Balochis otherwise Pakistan will see the benefits from Gwadar port scaling down to none.

Photo of the beautiful Gwadar town below.

Chronology of Gwadar Port:

1964: Gwadar identified as a port site in Pakistan

1993: Feasibility Studies started by Pakistan for a deep seaport at Gwadar.

May 2001: Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji under-writes the Gwadar Port Project on his visit to Pakistan

March 22, 2002: Chinese Vice Premier Wu Bangguo laid the foundation of Gwadar Port.

May 3, 2004: Three Chinese engineers are killed and 11 others injured in an attack while traveling to Gwadar.

November 2004: A Chinese cargo vessel carrying port building equipment successfully berthed at Gwadar port.

March 2005: Phase I of Gwadar Port project completed and the port inaugurated by the Chinese Premier.

March 2008: First ship anchors at the Gwadar port, bringing 52000 tonnes of Wheat from Canada

Scope of Gwadar Port Project:

Phase I: Us $ 248 million. Status: 100% Complete

3 Multipurpose Berths

Length of Berths 602m

4.5 Km long Approach Channel Dredged to 11.5m-12.5m.

Turning Basin 450m dia.

One 100m Service Berth.

Related port infrastructure and port handling equipment & Pilot Boat, Tugs, Survey Vessel etc.

Phase II: US $ 932 million: Work Progressing on building 9 additional berths, which will be:

4 Container Berths.

1 Bulk Cargo Terminal (to handle 100,000 DWT ships).

1 Grain Terminal.

1 Ro-Ro Terminal.

2 Oil Terminals to handle 200,000 DWT ships.

Reference:

(1) Gwadar News
(2) Gwadar Port and Local Participation – March 26, 2007
(3) Dawn Report on Gwadar – Dec 24, 2007

62 Comments on “Gwadar Port: A Great Development Project Or A Great Game?”

  1. Sajjad says:
    June 12th, 2008 12:33 am

    Thank you Owais. Much needed information for all of us. I do agree about the need to make Baluchistan and Balauchis part of the economic boom.

  2. faisal says:
    June 12th, 2008 12:59 am

    Thanks Owais.

    Very nice article.

  3. Salman says:
    June 12th, 2008 1:33 am

    Brilliant article Owais. Finally, a summary of one of the most important strategic issues of South and Central Asia.

    Baluchis definitely deserve their fair share. They know that natural gas discovered in Baluchistan in 1953, reached Punjab in 1964, but reached Quetta as late as 1986. It would be sad to see another 1971 happen to Pakistan. The story of Baluchistan

  4. Khalid R Hasan says:
    June 12th, 2008 2:17 am

    Very good summary. The key in my opinion is to make sure the poeple of Baluchistan are on board – and this means the federal government should do more than just pay off a few leaders.

  5. Ali Dada says:
    June 12th, 2008 2:55 am

    It is far too early to say anything about Gwadar.

    The port is not complete yet and is currently not an important port (in terms of business, trade). Lets keep our duas going and hoping that this project is completed soon.

    When it comes to Gwadar being strategically located with regards to military, I don’t think so. The only reason China has helped us to develop Gwadar is simply to allow better trade connections to its Western side.

    India might be worried about Gwadar but then, any mention of the word Pakistan worries India – doesn’t it?

    First and foremost, two things need to be done before we start dreaming big:

    .Control the law and order situation all across Pakistan.
    .Complete Gwadar project and provide world class infrastructure to it.

  6. Junaid says:
    June 12th, 2008 4:35 am

    This is a good effort made by the mughal sb which inspire the people to get aworth seeing place at gawadar.

    Mughal bhai have a nice day.

    Junaid Irfan

  7. Shumaila Ahmed says:
    June 12th, 2008 6:43 am

    Very nice article. What about the more flashy part of the whole project- the 21st century lifestyle, the villas and apartments, the mega malls and marinas being advertised everywhere? Do you think that’s going to be realized in the next 10 years and if it is, then who will be the forerunners? I feel a certain hopelessness for the Baluchis…

  8. Mustafa says:
    June 12th, 2008 7:32 am

    i think it’s a big game!, Singapore Port Authority got contract for running operations, this contract brings many questions in my mind, will SPA let Gawadar get focused instead of their own ports? this is a really big drama, they wont never let Gawadar get their business.instead they will use Gawadar like a scrap yard for their own seap port. who can stop them doing so?

    oh yeah, i came to knew that ship carrying wheat from Canada didn’t even attached to any berth in Gawadar, because there is not Electricity at Gawadar port, ship stayed little away from Gawadar port and they transported using small ships, please can someone confirm this ????

  9. Eidee Man says:
    June 12th, 2008 7:50 am

    There is no question that Gwadar is in an excellent strategic location. I really hope our current and future governments give it the necessary attention. We all know how good planned areas can be; Islamabad may not be perfect but it is certainly decades ahead of other cities in Pakistan. Yes, it’s a capital city, and Gwadar is a completely different ball-game, but still.

    A developed Gwadar will also take some of the load off Karachi’s breaking back.

    I’m not too worried about the “luxury” housing areas being built there; the marketing for houses and apartments reminds me of the Dubai housing craze. Regardless of the astronomical prices, investment, economic indicators, at the end of the day one has to ask whether people will be able to afford these units; and considering the salaries of normal workers, the answer is definitely no. Hence, the market will bring the prices down when the bubble finally bursts.

    Someone with good knowledge should do a post about real estate in Karachi (or in Pakistan as a whole). Do Emaar, etc really believe they can sell apartments for 2 crores a pop? I don’t know many people who have that kind of money lying around; and the ones who do would have to vacate their large mansions in Defence……to move into an apartment?

  10. Assad says:
    June 12th, 2008 11:59 am

    AOA
    Dear Mr Owais Mughal I agree the basics of the article, very well written. But I want to make a correction, Phase1 Gwadar Port was not inaugurated by the Chinese Premier in March 2005, as Gwadar Airport was unable to accomodate Boeing, CAA failed to accomplish the task, the expansion of the airport to accomodate Boeing.
    Regards
    Assad

  11. Asim Kaleem says:
    June 12th, 2008 12:21 pm

    Indeed a huge effort to collect all the right aspects of this undiscovered pearl in Paksitan. We all hope that this project may not be similar fate as of Kala Bagh Dam.

  12. Anwar says:
    June 12th, 2008 12:27 pm

    It was long overdue -

  13. lidaliqa says:
    June 12th, 2008 3:49 pm

    The Only thing I can say is that if the Chinese are involved then I am sure Gwadar will be successful they would make sure they get their money’s worth.

    You will be surprised to know that Ayub Khan envisioned this port.

    I hope all the best for Gwadar and the people of Baluchistan.

  14. Nasir Awan says:
    June 12th, 2008 7:33 pm

    All I wish for is that the project comes to a successfull completion and the people of Bloachistan get there due share of the revenues. Balochs might have made mistakes but the rest of the country has treated them nothing but silent and illiterate tribesman.I pray and hope this opportunity to reconcile Baloch needs is used at it’s best.
    Ameen!

  15. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    June 13th, 2008 9:10 am

    Another very nice and informative article about Pakistan. The government needs to pay more attention to the development of Balochistan province. For too long Pakistan’s India-centric preoccupation has taken her attentions away from her biggest and strategically located western province. Most Pakistanis know more about vulgar Indian movies than the culture of Balochistan. Politically, culturally and economically Pakistan needs to move west. There is a need for greater national integration and Balochistan must be integrated into the main body of Pakistan. Let there be not just one but ten new towns along the coast of Balochistan. Let Balochistan too prosper and flourish.

  16. June 18th, 2008 7:37 am

    Namaskar Owais,

    Thank you for writing about this topic. Though I can see your point of view, I do not agree with the prioritization of those aspects. I’m surprised that the Balochis’ interests come in last, while the ‘strategic’ interests number 1,2,3. Perhaps I am a bleeding heart, but I’d like to see people’s interests– and not anthropomorphic states’ ‘interests’ take precedence. And I work in an industry where I come across more articles and analysis written on ‘strategic interests’ and policies rather than on people living in those regions, unless they are a ‘nuisance’ or impediment to these various schemes (read: nationalists, which invariably gets translated into fundamentalists, etc).

    Also, I think that both India and Pakistan have for too long given more thought to ‘strategic interests’ and defense rather than their own people’s welfare and well-being.

    **

    Salman:

    “Demographically speaking Pakistan is a phenomenal regional power, but its diversity is what Pakistan hasn

  17. June 18th, 2008 7:42 am

    And another question I have is, Who will benefit from the port in the end? The top-cats of global commerce, the cream of the crop, and the government? Past experiences around the globe tend to say no. Most ports that I’ve been to have a very polarized world: the very rich and the extremely poor who provide unskilled labor.

  18. June 18th, 2008 7:55 am

    Here is an article on Balochistan and the Gwador port:

    http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2007/spring/schmidle-waiting-for-worst/

    Also, I remember reading in some policy paper that contrary to myth, India is quite keen on the port. If I find the link, I’ll provide that.

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    June 18th, 2008 11:01 am

    Desi Italiana. Your points are well taken. The strategic dimensions I wrote were not in the order of importance.

  20. June 18th, 2008 3:03 pm

    Owais:

    “The strategic dimensions I wrote were not in the order of importance.”

    Thanks for clarifying that. But still, the most predominant issues concern international commerce, sea trade, and defense, don’t they? That is another thing that I am talking about.

    BTW, the Chinese have gotten approval to set up shop in the Maldives…

  21. Owais Mughal says:
    July 23rd, 2008 8:48 pm

    Looks like from this year a third of Pakistan’s wheat import will take place via Gwadar port. Good news in my opinion.

  22. Hafeez Jamali says:
    October 23rd, 2008 2:14 am

    As one of the readers pointed out, the actual inhabitants of Gwadar and Balochistan come last in the list of priorities the writer mentions. Perhaps this is symptomatic of mainstream Pakistani attitudes towards Balochistan. They see it as a vast and empty land brimming with economic potential but inhabited by a people who are a nuissance and don’t understand the good intentions of kind hearted outsiders willing to bring the fruits of development to them. I really don’t know whether to ignore or feel sorry for Mr. Mughal’s failure to interview or quote the opinion of local Baloch leadership_ there are plenty interviews if you google the subject. But perhaps all is not lost. You may still publish a sequel which presents the natives’ side of the story. Enough said about Baloch grievances though.
    In a sense Gwadar was and is a national fantasy, more imagined that real. Housing schemes with glittering names: Florida Heights, Miami Villas, Platinum City, Burj-al-Gwadar, the list is endless. For a Pakistani nation still searching for identity and trying to hitch a ride on the elusive train/jetliner of globalization and modernity a la “enlightened moderation” Gwadar was supposed to be the boarding room and a piece of land there the boarding card. But it appears once again we are bit late and can only sigh as the train/ jetliners pass us by. The ticket unfortunately is nonrefundable, at least in the foreseeable future so we keep gazing at devalued pieces of paper and wondering what happened to our dream.

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    October 23rd, 2008 10:19 am

    Hafeez Saheb, thanks for leaving us a comment here and it is taken in positive spirit. You can also tell us about what the local Baloch leadership thinks about this project.

  24. Tahir Rafiq says:
    November 23rd, 2008 12:47 am

    Dear Owais

    Agree with your comments 100%. I am a British born Pakistani Supply Chain Professional and believe that this is a great opportunity for the country.

    I also believe that the expat community could play a crucial role in the development of this port. I along with several other senior consultants (all involved within the supply chain) want to set up a logistics hub in Gwadar ( we all currently source from China and the Far East).

    The question is how do individuals like me get involved, do you have any contacts that we can speak to, we want to do a feasibility study, which will form the basis of a business plan that we want to use as a basis to sell the concept to companies in the west, to use a logistics hub for their inbound and outbound operations.

  25. Owais Mughal says:
    December 21st, 2008 11:25 pm

    Gwadar port became fully functional on Sunday – Dec 21, 2008 as a ship carrying fertiliser from Qatar anchored at the port. Details at Dawn news here.

  26. Owais Mughal says:
    December 21st, 2008 11:35 pm

    Photo of the first ship to arrive at Gwadar Port – Sunday, Dec 21, 2008

  27. kashif Gujjar says:
    December 23rd, 2008 10:02 am

    Owais and others,

    Thanks for all those who commented and added value information for all of us…I want to point out two things.

    Balochis Claim on Gwadar:

    Gwadar and Makran was never part of Balochistan if you dont beleive then pay a visit to Gwadar and other Makran Region. You would see Arabic race people called Makrani in region.but i still beleive that Balochis should be given preference over any body in pakistan.I welcome Balochis brothers in all other parts of pakistan and its resources you would never find discremenation. pls rise above Punjabi,Balochi,Sindi, Saraiki,Pakhtun and show yourself as Pakistani.All Balochi pls claim on pakistan not on Gwadar, we are with you

    Education & Health Facility in Gwadar and Balochistan:

    We have only 3 4 universities in Balochistan all in Quetta which is almost 1000 km away from Quetta. So pls consider for full fledge university including all medical,Eng, Technical Colleges which can fulfill educational needs of Makran area.

    Road and Rail Links:
    there were news in Musharaf regime that China is going to build rail tracks from Gwadar to China and to Iran and other parts of country. where is that?
    there was another news motorway is in process from Gwadar to Raetodero and then to Multan-Faisalabad-Lahore-Isb-Peshawar.

    If any one has info pls comment

  28. Waseem says:
    December 29th, 2008 7:36 am

    Yes kashif sb, Thanks for supporting our cause of Higher Educaiton Institute in Gwadar, We propose Gwadar Univeristy in Gwadar or Makran University in Gwadar, I request Owais to promote our request to national Govt and Higher Education Commision.

  29. FARRUKH says:
    January 1st, 2009 11:04 am

    I totally agree with this article all the four dimensions mentioned above are right, i am hoping that gawadr will become the most beautiful city of this world and will progress like Dubai coz gawadr have all the potentials like Dubai and i think in some cases its more attractive than Dubai, coz china which is worl economic power will use Gawader port, central asian states and russia will use this port so this port will make Dubai a dessert coz now russia and other central Asian states r using Duabi so UAE must be angry with us too like iran and india and lot of other international players so we must be vigilante and keep our eyes open and or intelligenses services also keep trying to track our enemies in this area as they r doing their jobs very well ..;;;;;; may allah always protect pakistan and pakistan progresse rapidaly

  30. Owais Mughal says:
    January 4th, 2009 11:21 pm

    A Kuwaiti ship at Gwadar port on Jan 4, 2009.

  31. Bushra says:
    January 7th, 2009 6:00 am

    Owais sb,
    Thanks for useful information, Can you please update us about road network and rail network of Gwadar and can specialy update about tourism perspective.

  32. Owais Mughal says:
    January 8th, 2009 11:22 am

    Bushra

    Gwadar is connected to Karachi via N10 – Coastal Highway – 653 km long.

    Gwadar will be connected to Pakistan Motorway project near Larkana at Rato-Dero. – 892 km long. Work is going on several sections of this motorway simultaneously. Following state of completion as of Jan 2009

    Gawadar – Turbat, Section I: 53.6 km – 60% complete
    Gawadar- Turbat, Section II: 63.45 km, 59% complete
    Turbat-Hoshab, Section 11: 76.25 km, 74% complete
    Kuzdar-Shahdadkot, Section IV: 55.77 km, 29% complete

    Railways:

    Survey has been done to lay railway line connecting Gwadar to Dadu (Sindh) and Gawadar to a station called Yakmuch which is located on Quetta-Taftan section. I believe not much has happened on ground besides survey.

  33. Zara Khan says:
    January 10th, 2009 12:17 pm

    Owais,Bushra,waseem

    Thanks Owais for such a usefull information, its realy informative, I have started regularly visiting and wants to send you new posts.

    Waseem’s Concern should be advertised through separate post, named as Gwadar University by ppl of Makran University

  34. meengla says:
    January 11th, 2009 10:01 am

    Another very informative article by Owais Mughal!

    A few comments, for now.
    1) Makran Coastal Highway runs from Karachi to Gwadar along a very scenic route. There is a lot of potential for tourism along that route: New cities, resorts, rest areas.
    2) Baluchis feel threatened by the demographic-challenge where they may become minority in Baluchistan. Perhaps, at least in the interim, there should be special legal provisions where these Baluchi fears are duly accommodated. One way forward could be to encourage migration of Baluchis from Afghanistan and Iran into the newly developing areas of Baluchistan and provide them with housing, jobs on priority basis. This may sound like a bizarre idea but desperate situation requires desperate measures: If Baluchi nationalists keep blowing up power pillions, railway lines, police checkpoints then no amount of activity at Gwadar itself can translate into transport of goods to/from Gwadar.

  35. Daniyal says:
    January 29th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Hey thanks man, I really wanted to know some info on that.

  36. tania says:
    January 30th, 2009 4:16 am

    Owais sb,

    Pls share Educational Institutes in Balochistan and Gwadar and what about Gwadar University.

    We are listening news Balochistan student been awarded scholarships in punjab and Sindgh why we cant have full fledge university in Gwadar

  37. hammad baloch says:
    January 30th, 2009 4:20 am

    Meengla has a point but consider being Balochi is it possible for Balochis well settled in Punjab,Sindh,Iran & Afganisht to move untill we dnt have Health and Education facilities over there,

    Is there any information , pls share

  38. sania malik says:
    February 3rd, 2009 10:10 am

    Hey Guys. We have one of beautiful 5 star hotel PC in Gwadar …Owais pls confirm

  39. Owais Mughal says:
    February 3rd, 2009 11:12 am

    Yes there is a Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar. The Civil Project Engineer of PC in Gwadar is a senior from my university, so that is why I know for sure this hotel exists in Gwadar :)

  40. Ace Star says:
    February 4th, 2009 2:25 am

    Thkx for the article and agreed. Some points; #1. countries like Dubai will also prefer Pakistan to trade with China over Iran due to the Shia thing. Iran one the other hand has been slowly working in Pak. to change the demo to significantly shia. #2. arab countries have abused labour in dubai, etc. now that labour can actually be used in our own country, say camel jockeys. #3. ref article on NWFP diversity, same thing with balochistan. balochis are 4% of Pak population and have largest provence? Theres Brahuis and Makranis in there too. there needs to be regionalisation in Pak and i like the district governance model for that #4. I think its the landlords who are not happy about gawadar becuz they dont get much share, the people are happy. look at recent senet report from dawn, Balochs are dominating the legg and lower house had way more representation from pathans than punjabis (i am serious, check it for yourself as per 71 constitution). #5. Why dont Baloch fight for rights in Iran, they are originally from there? #6. Punjabis didnt get here until now, what did the Balochi authorities do for the local populace in all this time? Even the brits made more unis.

  41. April 10th, 2009 4:08 am

    In future Gwadar port become hub of Asia for transportation of material Inshallah.

  42. Habib Baloch says:
    May 10th, 2009 12:49 pm

    Do we have any Univerisity in Gwadar or any other Education Institute.

  43. shahzad ameer says:
    May 15th, 2009 7:40 am

    thnks for useful info about the importance of gwadar deep sea port in worlds strategic pespective.

  44. lehri says:
    May 17th, 2009 6:13 am

    Gwadar Will be new capital of Balochisan….Balochistan Govt has decided it to be its Winer capital… Owais pls write on this

  45. Owais Mughal says:
    May 19th, 2009 11:23 am

    Lehri Saheb. I have read the news about Gawadar becoming winter capital of Baluchistan but so far this is a proposal to be presented infront of provincial assembly. I believe it is not a done deal yet.

  46. khaliq Baloch says:
    May 21st, 2009 11:54 am

    Owais sb,

    Yesterday i have heard news about new campuses of Balochistan Univerisity in Kech, Sibi and Lorali to start next year, thats great news for all Balochis… But i want to focus that Govt should focus on areas like Gwadar which is future of Balochistan and pakistan and future for other muslims of Region.

    I would suggest that Govt should immediately start full fledge Univeristy in Gwadar whose population is rapidly increasing specially with Poly Tech Colleges which can equip regional ppl with skills that are required in future.

    Owais pls start a special discussion forum for Balochis youth and it would be great if you can lead to estabilish a Balochistan Development Fund and Forum…

  47. Usman says:
    June 24th, 2009 4:37 am

    Gwadar to China road will be longest road of Pakistan.
    This long road will show amazing colors of all country.

  48. Syed Zeeshan says:
    July 23rd, 2009 1:16 am

    Assalam-o-Alykum , Everyone !

    I read this forum and i liked it so much .

    I think (being punjabi) that Gwadar port is a treasure for balochis and its there right to have all the fruit from gwadar port.

    I hope our leadership will think over it. and build schools, colleges and universities for balochis there.

    Pakistan Zindabad !
    Balochi Zindabad.

  49. ali says:
    August 17th, 2009 8:03 pm

    Gwadar can benefit all the provinces,especially Balochistan.
    It can break the backs of poverty in balochistan,as well as the Sardars.Other provinces inhabitants also deserve to work and live there.let us not forget that Gwadar,and 800 km around it,were part of oman once and bought with the tax money and donations of all of Pakistan in 1958.Hence it is a NATIONAL TREASURE.However,first preference in jobs should be given to the makranis and institutes should be set up to train them.

  50. Owais Mughal says:
    August 18th, 2009 10:59 am

    Gwadar needs to be connected with (currently under-construction) motorway to utilize full benfits of the port. In 2008 and 2009, to save shipping costs few ships from ME were anchored at Gawadar instead of bringing them 700km further east to Karachi. But then since there are no decent roads from Gawadar to rest of the country, all that cargo had to be road-transported to Karachi first (via Coastal highway) and then sent up country. In the end the cost of all this logistics proved to be higher than just bringing the whole cargo directly to Karachi. hopefully with M8′s inauguration in next couple of years, Gwadar port will indeed prove to be cost effective.

  51. Zahid Naeem says:
    August 26th, 2009 8:37 am

    All Pakistani people who want their country economically strong should accept Gwadar port at its third deep sea port and do something what they can do for development of Gwadar port. Because Gwadar port is one of a huge project to make Pakistan as well as Blochistan province economically strong which is in our interest. People who oppose Gwadar port should understand that this project will also improve their lives as it runs inspite of their opposition. I don’t understand why people oppose their huge projects like Gwadar port and Kalabagh dam etc. Government also should complete these projects without any delay which are really in national interest because some people do not understand what is really in their interest and some people do not want interest of Pakistan.

  52. Maham says:
    September 1st, 2009 9:58 am

    Thanks Owais, pls share work progress and some stuff in form of snaps of M-8 and Multan-Faisalabad motorways……

  53. Owais Mughal says:
    September 1st, 2009 12:24 pm

    Maham
    Multan-Faisalabad motory M4 has now been down graded to a 4-ln highway. It is now called E4-expressway. The difference b/w motorway and expressway is that expressway will not be ‘limited access’ as well as speed limit will also be lower.

  54. kashif Baloch says:
    November 19th, 2009 4:18 am

    Hi,
    Yesterday, A Great News came that Punjab Govt is bulding a Cardiology Hospital in Quetta, Can Punjab, Sinh govt can build a full fledge university in Gwadar.

  55. Sanaullah Baloch says:
    November 26th, 2009 5:47 am

    Following are univsersities in punjab, a university at almost 100 km, But Gwadar future of pakistan doent have on in 700 km in each direction.
    pls write
    Bahaudin University Multan
    Sahiwalcampus(BU)
    Multan Campus (BU)
    DGKhan Campus(BU)

    Univeristy of Sargodha

    Punjab University
    Gujranawala(PU)

    Univeristy of Gujrat
    Univeristy of Wah

    Islamia University Bahawalpur
    Bahalwalnagar(IU)
    Rahim Yar Khan(IU)

    Engineering Universities.
    UET Lahore
    UET KalaShah Kaku
    UET Faisalabad
    UET Taxila
    UET Taxila(Chakwal)

  56. dugang says:
    May 24th, 2010 12:52 am

    Gwadar can benefit all the provinces,especially Balochistan.
    It can break the backs of poverty in balochistan,as well as the Sardars.Other

  57. M.Hassan says:
    September 18th, 2010 10:14 pm

    i have given 8 thousand to the flood vicktims

  58. October 8th, 2010 4:17 am

    mashallah gawadar is large port located in pakistan .i give the sugesion to govt of pakistan as soon posible to comlete this project and make strategy against any threat and sincerly give practical shape and make strong economy for pakistan and near future the key countreis will feel pakistan is imprtant country for them.thanks

  59. Tahir Majeed Khan says:
    February 27th, 2011 5:22 pm

    The develpment in Gwadar it appears have stopped. Can anyone please tell me what is the present situation i.e. how much development work is going on or not? I am outside Pakistan at the present i.e. in Canada and I have become out of touch. Are there any modern hospitals or universities in Gwadar?
    Thank you.

  60. Gujjar says:
    March 14th, 2011 11:27 am

    Tahir sb,
    There is only couple of universities in Quetta only which is 1000 km from Gwadar and other adjacent area is Karachi whcih is almost 800 km from Gwadar, there is urgent need to have University in Gwadar, specially a technical university which will enable local human resource well equipped to participate in development of port

  61. Salman says:
    June 17th, 2011 8:29 pm

    Totally Agree building port is gr8 achvmnt but wat gov of pak is doing for the locals nd balochs?
    they must get a big share in gawadar as well as other projects like sandaik.

  62. javed says:
    August 10th, 2011 7:02 pm

    sir ! i agree you about the interests of other country like china but , you must consider the fact they are developing pakistan .
    and one thing for Balochi’s, they must try to understand that pakistan is there country which include three other provinces , they are their brothers, there must not be any disparity.
    work for Pakistan !
    regards Muhammad Javed Iqbal

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