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PM Imran launches various mega projects during visit to Gwadar
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Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a ceremony in Gwadar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV

Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a ceremony in Gwadar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday performed the groundbreaking of phase two of the Gwadar Free Zone (GFZ) and launched a number of other development and infrastructure projects including an expo centre, agriculture industrial park and three factories.
During a single-day visit to Gwadar, the premier also inaugurated phase one of the GFZ, reviewed the progress on various development projects, and witnessed the signing of a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs).
He was given a detailed briefing on the progress of the south Balochistan development package in line with the government’s efforts of focusing on the province.
Projects unveiled:

  • Gwadar Fertiliser Plant
  • Gwadar Animal Vaccine Plant
  • Henan Agricultural Industrial Park
  • Hengmei Lubricants Plant
  • Gwadar Free Zone Phase Two
  • Gwadar Expo Centre
MoUs signed:
  • Implementation agreement of 1.2 million gallons per day desalination plant
  • Solar generators grant from China for south Balochistan
On the occasion, agreements were signed on solarisation and a desalination plant to solve the problems of Gwadar related to water and electricity.


Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said the free zone inaugurated by the prime minister in Gwadar's north was "35 times bigger than the phase 1 industrial zone of Gwadar".

"This reflects growing interest of Chinese and other investors in Gwadar free zone," he tweeted.


'Iran trade through Gwadar Port to start soon'
Meanwhile, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa said that work for Iran's trade through the Gwadar Port was in progress and the trade would start soon.
“The Ramadan-Gabd crossing point near Gwadar is active and fully functional now, fencing work on the Pakistan-Iran border is going on rapidly and new border markets are being established at the crossing points,” he said in a video message, adding that smuggling to and from Iran was decreasing due to a rise in regulated trade.

Bajwa said as compared to the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone, which comprised 60 acres of land, the second phase would be a huge project comprising 2,200 acres.
He said some 46 enterprises were engaged in phase-I of the free zone, while 12 new factories were being set up out of which three had been completed.
The CPEC Authority chairman stated that traffic at the port was increasing everyday and last year the trade volume increased by "hundreds of times" as 60,000 metric tonnes of cargo was transported during the year 2020-21 compared to only 1,300 metric tonnes in the preceding year.
Besides, he said, five LPG vessels were berthed at the Gwadar Port.
Bajwa added that cargo volume would increase at an even higher pace in the future as interest for transshipment and industrialisation was increasing with every passing day.
He further said the installation of a desalination plant in Gwadar with a capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day would be completed within a year and this would be "a gift from the Chinese government".
He noted that another desalination plant with a capacity of 5m gallons per day was included in the prime minister's south Balochistan package.
Provision of basic facilities including electricity, water and health is the prime focus of Prime Minister Imran, Bajwa added.

 
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Pakistan needs to convince Putin to help stabilize Afghanistan (through his influence on central Asian states) so that Russia routes its trade to and from Africa through Gwadar. Wasn’t it one of the rationales for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; access to warm water ports. Now is Russia’s chance.
 

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Pakistan needs to convince Putin to help stabilize Afghanistan (through his influence on central Asian states) so that Russia routes its trade to and from Africa through Gwadar. Wasn’t it one of the rationales for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; access to warm water ports. Now is Russia’s chance.
Agreed...

There is a planned Putin visit to Pakistan soon. Perhaps they will bring it up then?
 

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Pakistan needs to convince Putin to help stabilize Afghanistan (through his influence on central Asian states) so that Russia routes its trade to and from Africa through Gwadar. Wasn’t it one of the rationales for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; access to warm water ports. Now is Russia’s chance.
The Russians can do that through Black Sea - Turkey - Aegean Sea / Mediterranean Sea.
 

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The Russians can do that through Black Sea - Turkey - Aegean Sea / Mediterranean Sea.

True. But that leaves them vulnerable to a single point and represents a choke point in times of potential conflict. Having multiple sea access point serves a nation's security better.
 

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True. But that leaves them vulnerable to a single point and represents a choke point in times of potential conflict. Having multiple sea access point serves a nation's security better.
Which route would be more secure in your opinion?

1. Russia - Black Sea - Turkey - Mediterranean Sea - North Africa

2. Russia - Caspian Sea - Iran - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

3. Russia - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

I mean, when Russia can reach Iran easily via Caspian Sea and then easily into Chabahar, why would they want to waste their time and money on Gwadar?
 

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Which route would be more secure in your opinion?

1. Russia - Black Sea - Turkey - Mediterranean Sea - North Africa

2. Russia - Caspian Sea - Iran - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

3. Russia - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

I mean, when Russia can reach Iran easily via Caspian Sea and then easily into Chabahar, why would they want to waste their time and money on Gwadar?
Gwadar is a true deep sea port versus Chabahar...

Phase I (Current): Bulk carriers of 30,000 Deadweight tonnage (DWT), and container Panamax vessels of 52,000 (DWT)
Phase II (Proposed): 200,000 (DWT) Neopanamax vessels
Phase III (Proposed): 400,000+ (DWT) Chinamax (Valemax) vessels, and TI-class supertanker
 

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PM Imran launches various mega projects during visit to Gwadar
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Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a ceremony in Gwadar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV

Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a ceremony in Gwadar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday performed the groundbreaking of phase two of the Gwadar Free Zone (GFZ) and launched a number of other development and infrastructure projects including an expo centre, agriculture industrial park and three factories.
During a single-day visit to Gwadar, the premier also inaugurated phase one of the GFZ, reviewed the progress on various development projects, and witnessed the signing of a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs).
He was given a detailed briefing on the progress of the south Balochistan development package in line with the government’s efforts of focusing on the province.
Projects unveiled:

  • Gwadar Fertiliser Plant
  • Gwadar Animal Vaccine Plant
  • Henan Agricultural Industrial Park
  • Hengmei Lubricants Plant
  • Gwadar Free Zone Phase Two
  • Gwadar Expo Centre
MoUs signed:
  • Implementation agreement of 1.2 million gallons per day desalination plant
  • Solar generators grant from China for south Balochistan
On the occasion, agreements were signed on solarisation and a desalination plant to solve the problems of Gwadar related to water and electricity.


Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said the free zone inaugurated by the prime minister in Gwadar's north was "35 times bigger than the phase 1 industrial zone of Gwadar".

"This reflects growing interest of Chinese and other investors in Gwadar free zone," he tweeted.


'Iran trade through Gwadar Port to start soon'
Meanwhile, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa said that work for Iran's trade through the Gwadar Port was in progress and the trade would start soon.
“The Ramadan-Gabd crossing point near Gwadar is active and fully functional now, fencing work on the Pakistan-Iran border is going on rapidly and new border markets are being established at the crossing points,” he said in a video message, adding that smuggling to and from Iran was decreasing due to a rise in regulated trade.

Bajwa said as compared to the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone, which comprised 60 acres of land, the second phase would be a huge project comprising 2,200 acres.
He said some 46 enterprises were engaged in phase-I of the free zone, while 12 new factories were being set up out of which three had been completed.
The CPEC Authority chairman stated that traffic at the port was increasing everyday and last year the trade volume increased by "hundreds of times" as 60,000 metric tonnes of cargo was transported during the year 2020-21 compared to only 1,300 metric tonnes in the preceding year.
Besides, he said, five LPG vessels were berthed at the Gwadar Port.
Bajwa added that cargo volume would increase at an even higher pace in the future as interest for transshipment and industrialisation was increasing with every passing day.
He further said the installation of a desalination plant in Gwadar with a capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day would be completed within a year and this would be "a gift from the Chinese government".
He noted that another desalination plant with a capacity of 5m gallons per day was included in the prime minister's south Balochistan package.
Provision of basic facilities including electricity, water and health is the prime focus of Prime Minister Imran, Bajwa added.
 

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Gwadar is a true deep sea port versus Chabahar...

Phase I (Current): Bulk carriers of 30,000 Deadweight tonnage (DWT), and container Panamax vessels of 52,000 (DWT)
Phase II (Proposed): 200,000 (DWT) Neopanamax vessels
Phase III (Proposed): 400,000+ (DWT) Chinamax (Valemax) vessels, and TI-class supertanker
Does Russia have that much trade potential with Africa that would qualify for its usage of Gwadar?
 

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Which route would be more secure in your opinion?

1. Russia - Black Sea - Turkey - Mediterranean Sea - North Africa

2. Russia - Caspian Sea - Iran - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

3. Russia - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa

I mean, when Russia can reach Iran easily via Caspian Sea and then easily into Chabahar, why would they want to waste their time and money on Gwadar?

1. Russia - Black Sea - Turkey - Mediterranean Sea - North Africa --> This is only limited to northern Africa. Cant access central and south Africa from north.

2. Russia - Caspian Sea - Iran - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa --> Impractical. You cant trade via sea first, then unload over land to Iran, then again over sea.

3. Russia - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa --> Its rather Russia-China-Pakistan-Africa.
 

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3. Russia - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - Arabian Sea - Horn of Africa --> Its rather Russia-China-Pakistan-Africa.
If that had been feasible, Pakistan wouldn't had been banging on about trading through Afghanistan with Central Asia for the past two decades considering Xinjiang borders Tajikistan, Kygyzstan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

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If that had been feasible, Pakistan wouldn't had been banging on about trading through Afghanistan with Central Asia for the past two decades considering Xinjiang borders Tajikistan, Kygyzstan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.


You need to catch up with current affairs.

Afghanistan is not going to be stable in foreseeable future. It will be bypassed. There is a reason why QTTA exist between Pakistan-China-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan also wants to join it. Guess why? To access Karachi and Gawadar port. No mention of Afghanistan which mean it will be bypassed and China will act as a conduit. Russia and China already got solid links. Just extending them via Pakistan, a trilateral setup between three nuclear powers got a different look to it then going through many "stans" with different governemnt, different agendas, establishments and what not.

Uzbekistan looks to Pakistani ports - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Pakistan plays a central role in the QTTA which is believed to be an alternative route bypassing Afghanistan and relying on the Karakoram Highway via China to reach Central Asian States.
 

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You need to catch up with current affairs.

Afghanistan is not going to be stable in foreseeable future. It will be bypassed. There is a reason why QTTA exist between Pakistan-China-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan also wants to join it. Guess why? To access Karachi and Gawadar port. No mention of Afghanistan which mean it will be bypassed and China will act as a conduit. Russia and China already got solid links. Just extending them via Pakistan, a trilateral setup between three nuclear powers got a different look to it then going through many "stans" with different governemnt, different agendas, establishments and what not.

Uzbekistan looks to Pakistani ports - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Pakistan plays a central role in the QTTA which is believed to be an alternative route bypassing Afghanistan and relying on the Karakoram Highway via China to reach Central Asian States.
Hope this trade route active soon and in near future develop train routes
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