Gwadar: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated several China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Gwadar. PM would also inaugurate Rs4.7 billion Sibi-Kohlu highway soon.
The Prime Minister on the inauguration said that, “Gwadar has potential to become a world class seaport. Of course Gwadar is located at a place which is not only important for Pakistan but also for the region.” He further stated that, “Gwadar is also one of central points in the CPEC. The CPEC has its impacts not only on Balochistan but the rest of the country. “
The PM said, “Gwadar is Pakistan and Pakistan is Gwadar”. It was added that apart from Gwadar becoming an international city and sea port, it would also have 300MW coal fired power stations which provide electricity to Gwadar and other parts of Balochistan.
“It used to be one of the most backward region and city of Pakistan but now it is going to be one of the most prosperous cities of Pakistan” said Sharif. He said that, “I am grateful to China who is very very close friend of Pakistan. They are also helping in development of Gwadar and other areas of Pakistan. We are doing joint projects in infrastructure and other sectors. The railway is being upgraded. A lot of industrial zones are being made across the country, including Gwadar.”
The power sector was also discussed in his speech and it was said that, “We have the power sector projects which are coming very fast. Some of the projects are going to be completed by the middle of next year. We will have electricity of about 10,000MW by the end of 2017. We hope to eliminate loadshedding by 2018 in the country.”
The prime minster said that Gwadar would be linked to Balochistan and the rest of the country. There will also be links to the central Asian region from this province. He said he could foresee traffic flowing freely between China and Gwadar. Further developments will also be made in the area and it was added “Rs 50 billion will be placed at the disposal for the people of Gwadar and people will feel very happy about it.”
About 50,000 jobs will be created in Gwadar and the first priority would be the residents of the Gwadar. A tribute was also paid to the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and administration, operating in Balochistan.