QUETTA, 13 November: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formally inaugurated Cargo Shipment Activity at the Gwadar Port on Sunday.
Addressing a gathering at the historic event the Prime Minister termed the cargo shipment activity at Gwadar Port as a start of new era and fulfillment of China Pakistan Economic Corridor dream.
“With the operationalization of cargo shipment activity from Gwadar through CPEC, the dream of “One Belt-One Road” has been accomplished,” he said.
“Pakistan sits at the crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia and China and it will become hub of economic activity through CPEC.”
Terming the launch from Gwadar as a milestone, Nawaz Sharif said prosperity is the future of Gawadar.
He underscored the importance of CPEC for the entire country’s development and termed the enemies of CPEC as enemies of Pakistan.
He dispelled the impression that all the benefits of the CPEC had been transferred to one province, rather he said no province would be deprived from its rights and share in development.
“We will put up all our efforts to ensure CPEC and all the projects under its umbrella are materialized within the given time. CPEC is for entire Pakistan and no region or province will be left out of it,” the PM said.
The Prime Minister said that apart from building several road projects in Balochistan, Rs200 billion would be allocated for construction of two-way road connecting Khuzdar, Quetta, Zhob and Dera Ismail Khan. He said special land had been allocated for setting up free trade zone in Gwadar which would offer special incentives to the investors.
The Prime Minister also announced Rs11 billion to ensure five million gallon water supply to Gwadar city and upgradation of hospital in the city. It also includes a power project which will provide Gwadar with 300 megawatt electricity.
Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and ambassadors of other countries were also present on the occasion.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong while addressing the ceremony hailed the efforts of the Pakistan government and the army for fulfilling the dream.
“This is the first time that a trade convoy successfully passed through the western part of Pakistan from the north to the south. The Gwadar port is exporting containers to overseas destinations. This is the first time that Pakistan and China co-organized a trade convoy through Pakistan to Gwadar port.”
Later, the Prime Minister and the Army Chief saw off the trade convoy carrying Chinese goods destined for Middle East and African countries.