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Ghauri said that Terminal M-8 of Gwadar Port was scheduled to be completed in 2006, but 50 per cent work was still pending, causing serious difficulties for the importers and exporters. He said that the terminal project was under the communications ministry and the National Highway Authority was working on it.
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Pakistan may hand over strategic port to China
Report Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:28
GWADAR: The news that Pakistan’s spanking new strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea coast overlooking the Gulf region is all set to be taken away from the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) and is likely to be given to the Chinese may have repercussions that go much beyond its white sand shores, news reports here said yesterday.
Quoting unnamed official sources, the News daily reported that “an understanding to this effect has already been developed at the highest levels but it will take a while before the legal and administrative constraints are removed.”
The biggest constraint remains the agreement with the PSA, which was given the right to run the port for 40 years. However, official sources are confident that the PSA had given them sufficient grounds to revoke the agreement. Apart from its failure to bring a single commercial ship to the Gwadar docks, the PSA has not invested even a fraction of the $525m it had committed to spend in five years.
“The port should have gone to the Chinese, who built it largely from their own investment, in the first place,” says Baloch nationalist Rauf Sasoli, who accuses former military ruler President Pervez Musharraf of giving it to the PSA “to please his American masters.”
It may not be easy for Pakistan as the move has the potential to throw the regional geo-politics into a tailspin. Analyst Farman Kakar sees it as a paradigm shift in what he calls the new Eurasian great game over energy.
The report says this adds a new perspective to the pipeline warfare that was seen earlier as the battle between two competing pipelines – Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI). Geo-strategic rivalry is believed to be the real basis for much of the action that has taken place in and around Afghanistan in the last two decades.
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Agriculture minister asserts that funds allocated for Baloch road links are utilised elsewhere
Balochistan Assembly proceedings were suspended for 15 minutes on Tuesday when a number of provincial ministers staged a walk-out to protest against the alleged non-payment of funds by the federal government.
The speaker of the Balochistan Assembly suspended proceedings when lawmakers walked out of the session, saying the federal government and the National Highway Authority had not paid the funds they had promised Balochistan for the construction of certain highways
The minister for agriculture, Assad Baloch, raised the issue on a point of order, saying the government had allocated funds to build a road from Gwadar to Chaman when the Gwadar Port was established.
“A port is useless without a communication network,” he said.
He added that the Gwadar port was supposed to be connected to Chaman, a town bordering Afghanistan, but the road from Gwadar to Chaman via Panjgur had not been built for more than four years.
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