Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the speed of development at Gwadar would increase with every single project coming on the ground under the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. PHOTO: PID
ISLAMABAD: Gwadar would be made a smart port city having commercial and tourist facilities like Singapore or Dubai, said Minister of Planning, Development and Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal at a seminar.
He said the speed of development at Gwadar would increase with every single project coming on the ground under the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor.
Speaking on the potentials and prospects of Gwadar, he appreciated the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) for focusing on such an important theme and highlighting the strength of Gwadar for becoming a model port city in future.
“The corridor is spread over entire Pakistan from south to north having several projects on energy, infrastructure, health, education and clean drinking water,” he said. “It will be developed due to its own unique geographical location and will complement other ports within and outside Pakistan through existing regional infrastructure.”
He explained the two phases of infrastructural development under the economic corridor. The first phase, he said, will link the existing motorway from Lahore to Peshawar with the motorway from Lahore to Karachi through a series of motorways.
“The second phase of the corridor, envisaging road connectivity between Gwadar, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, will also be started as the pace of development and traffic increases,” he added.
“Karakorum Highway (KKH) is being extended to Hawelian with Chinese assistance and will be completed within three years linking Ratodero with Gwadar. This will be the shortest road connectivity of Gwadar with the rest of Pakistan and attract substantial investment,” he said.
The minister announced that within the next three years transformational change in Gwadar will be phenomenal with respect to integrated infrastructure and investment opportunities.
The cluster of projects under the economic corridor will make Gwadar a commercial and tourist resort connecting three billion people of South Asia, China and Central Asia.
He said during 35 years of military rule in Pakistan desired allocations in the social sector were overlooked. “Vision 2025 is one of the initiatives of our socio-economic agenda, which will address the issues of poverty, malnutrition, provision of safe drinking water and gender inequalities.”
“No one can negate the importance of Gwadar,” said Federal Minister of Saffron Abdul Qadir Baloch.
However, he said it could be beneficial only when concerns of the Baloch people were addressed and road infrastructure in the province was improved.
“We should also prioritise to address the difficulties of Baloch people. With the development of Gwadar, this area will be transformed into a free zone and special economic zone, and for this fool-proof security arrangements are important,” said Baloch.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2015.
Gwadar a gateway to prosperity; future of Pakistan associated with its development: Qadir Baloch
Thursday, 29 January 2015 19:43
ISLAMABAD: Gwadar is a gateway to prosperity and future of Pakistan is associated with development of Gwadar.
Gwadar project will not only benefit Pakistan but regional countries of South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia in the long run. `Build Gwadar and develop Pakistan should be the slogan of the government, said the participants, addressing a seminar, Gwadar: Potential & Prospects' organized by Pak Institute for Conflict and Security Studies.
Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch, addressing second session of the seminar, eulogised the endeavors of PICSS for organizing the seminar.
He said that no one can negate importance of Gwadar, this project will not only benefit Pakistan but also regional countries to a large extent.
He also stressed on benefits from Gwadar could be taken when reservations of the Baloch people are addressed and road infrastructure in the province is improved.
"We should prioritize difficulties of Baloch people with development of Gwadar, this area will be transformed into free zone and special economic zone and for this purpose foolproof security arrangements are inevitable, the minister added.
In this regard the Balochistan Government is also cooperating and Baloch people should also come forward as this project is in their longer interest and will ensure development of the province, he said.
Provincial govt bound to ensure peace in Karachi: Qadir Baloch
Thursday, 29 January 2015
imageISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch Thursday said the provincial government was bound to ensure peace, improve law and order in Karachi under the 18th constitutional amendment.
Talking to a news channel, he said law and order was a provincial subject after passage of the constitutional amendment.
Expressing concern over recent incidents of target killings especially deaths of Muttadhida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers in Karachi, he said the provincial government should redress grievances of the party regarding Sindh police.
Replying to a question, the Minister said if the provincial government was not satisfied with performance of other law enforcement departments taking part in the ongoing operation against anti-social elements in the metropolis, it should inform the federal government for their withdrawal.
Participating in the programme, Haider Abbas Rizvi of MQM raised concerns over deaths of workers in police custody and requested the quarters concerned for remedy.
Qamar Zaman Kaira of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said the Sindh government should take immediate steps to improve law and order in Karachi.
He said the ongoing operation in Karachi was intelligence- based and Sindh Police were just assisting other law enforcement agencies in purging the city of criminals.
|SOURCE: Daily Intekhab|