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‘Gwadar is not for sale’

Govt not taken into confidence over development projects in Gwadar

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 15, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Jan 15, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

MNA Muhammad Aslam Bhootani threatened on Monday to hold a protest during the upcoming visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Gwadar next month.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Bhootani said that the federal government did not take any elected representatives into confidence regarding deve­l­opment activities being carried out in Gwadar. "Gwadar is not for sale," he said.

Bhootani said that the news regarding the upcoming Saudi Oil Refinery project of 10 billion dollars in Gwadar had reached to him through newspapers. He complained that he was not taken into confidence ahead of the project.

“We will tell the Saudi prince that elected representatives of the port city have not been taken on board regarding the development activities,” said Bhootani. “We will not allow any investment in Gwadar if we are not informed about it,” he added.

Related: MNA Aslam Bhootani says Gwadar is in the Stone Age, with no electricity, water or gas

He further added that previously the Chinese government started a project worth $62 billion in Gwadar, but the local representatives did not know where that money was spent.

He claimed that Gwadar has been treated like a football. “It was first handed over to Singapore, then China and now Saudi Arabia, while the people of Gwadar are suffering from water and electricity shortage,” said Bhootani.

We are not against progress, he explained, adding that the whole world can benefit from Gwadar’s coast but the ones to benefit first should be the people of Gwadar.
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  1. Ghazanfar A. Khan  January 15, 2019 7:49 pm/ Reply

    “We are not against progress, he explained, adding that the whole world can benefit from Gwadar’s coast but the ones to benefit first should be the people of Gwadar.”

    You Clearly are against the development because people like you fear that in the near future the people of Baluchistan especially Gwadar will become more educated, financially independent and they won’t hear your crap anymore.

    Secondly, you said that people of Gwadar should benefit first from such projects. Well nobody is stopping the people of Gwadar from developing that port and improving the lives of Baloch so let’s see what they have done for themselves in last +70 years… hmmm nothing.

    So investors from around the world are coming to take them out of misery and they obviously deserve profits for their investment. First a factory is built, only then workers work in that factory. So your whole philosophy is wrong and a political statement (based on lies) at best.

    No matter what people like You do, Pakistan will prosper and benefit from such projects.

  2. Sameer  January 15, 2019 8:55 pm/ Reply

    Another MNA after his damn cut!

  3. RAJA MUHAMMAD AFSAR  January 16, 2019 7:37 am/ Reply

    we all agree that the representative of gowadar mna, mpa, senators, and locals of the gwadar should be taken in to confidence and consulted before any project and investment are invited. Their problems like water, gas, electricity roads, etc. should be first solved.

  4. Iqbal  January 16, 2019 12:03 pm/ Reply

    Now he is informed and well aware of the development projects in Gawadar which will ultimately be beneficial for the poor inhabitants of this area. What does he want now? His share?

  5. Owais Chohan  January 17, 2019 12:57 am/ Reply

    Thats a very comprehensive development opportunity for Pakistan and specialy gwader , baluchistan peoples. But now the situation goes to remain old bureaucracy ,
    federal government can oppoint their her specialized persons for all these types of investment projects here by china , KSA too.

    So need to make assurance clean and potential system. And most important issue clear all neglect reviews of local provisional government under fully confidence.

  6. Ammar  January 17, 2019 2:20 am/ Reply

    Gawadar’s people should be benifit first. Although he already said that the people of gawadar are living in stone age so if any development would not occur , can this step bring prosperity??

  7. Faizan  January 17, 2019 5:24 am/ Reply

    You guys don’t represent Balochistan!!! If you were loyal and sincere to your country,Balochistan could have been out of poverty long time ago.

  8. A man from Balochistan  January 21, 2019 2:50 am/ Reply

    To all you idiots that think this will help the people of Gwadar and Balochistan, this hasn’t helped us one bit. The Chinese investment never helped us and this won’t either. They plan to kick the people for Gwadar out for foreigners and people from other provinces who are rich and wealthy. We face food, water, electricity and gas shortage and no one is doing a thing. This MNA whether through selfish or selfless means is right. Balochistan should protest and stand up for it’s right. Gwadar is not for sale and the people will resist. We won’t go down without a fight. And just so you know rarely any local was ever hired to build the stuff that China build and no jobs nor any gain of any sort was given to the locals. Rather things have gotten worse as there are cases of Chinese mistreating the locals and even cases of physical abuse that are unreported because the media is heavily censored in Balochistan. Learn the facts and have a more knowledgeable day

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