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CPEC: Pakistan to establish special economic zones in Gwadar

Railways’ Main Line-1 project will be given priority

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The people of Gwadar will be our top priority: CPEC secretariat

It has also stated that a new plan is being prepared by the Planning Commission in Islamabad keeping in view the needs of the people of Balochistan

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

Lasbela-Gwadar National Assembly representative Muhammad Aslam Bhootani said that today Gwadar resembles a Stone Age-era settlement where there is no water, gas, electricity or jobs. Congratulating Prime Minister Imran Khan on being elected, he said that the premier should keep an eye on this important area. He said that after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was…

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China says it will provide electricity to Gwadar for Rs5m a day

The Senate standing committee on power has recommended that Balochistan’s Gwadar be connected to the national grid as soon as possible. A representative of the power division told the committee that they have still not been able to connect Gwadar to the national grid and that electricity supply to the coastal areas of Balochistan from…

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Finance ministry denies IMF bailout will be used to repay Chinese loans

Pakistan on Wednesday dismissed US concerns that any new International Monetary Fund bailout would be used to repay Chinese debt as “totally wrong”. Pakistan’s economy has hit severe turbulence over the past year and most analysts expect the nuclear-armed nation to seek a bailout, either from the IMF or closest ally China, to avoid a…

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In pictures: Balochistan votes despite risks of terrorism

These photos are from people lining up in Dera Bugti and Gwadar (the women) in Balochistan. There was a bomb blast earlier in the morning in Quetta. Thirty-two people were killed and 31 people were injured.

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Balochistan headlines: Pre-poll rigging, water shortage in Gwadar

Samaa Digital brings you the major headlines from newspapers across Balochistan. 1. BAP to take all political forces onboard: Jam Kamal Daily Intakhab, Hub Balochistan Awami Party chief Jam Kamal has said that the newly formed group has no intention to create challenge for any group, “rather it will take all political forces onboard.” 2….

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Balochistan headlines: No political agenda, first right, delimitation

Samaa Digital brings you the major headlines from newspapers across Balochistan. 1. No harm in postponing elections: CM Balochistan Daily Azadi, Quetta Alauddin Marri took oath as the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan in a ceremony in Quetta on Friday. Speaking to reporters, he said Replying to a question about the demand for delay in…

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PM Abbasi: Central Asian countries interested in accessing Gwadar, Karachi ports

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says greater efforts are being made for optimal exploitation of Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. He was addressing an International Maritime Symposium, under the auspices of Bahria University, in Islamabad today with the theme of “Impact of Belt and Road Initiative on Geo-Economics of Indian Ocean Region”. The Prime Minister pointed…

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Gwadar students put innovative brilliance on display at first Science Festival

Gwadar’s largest one-day science festival for schoolchildren kicked off on Saturday at Government Model High School, to ignite a spark for science and discovery among students in the region, and to promote better quality of learning available in government schools.  According to a press release, the festival was organized by Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Dawood Ahmad…

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Pakistan, Iran agree to conclude FTA on priority

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and his Iranian counterpart Dr. Javad Zarif on Monday agreed to continue engagement for enhancing economic cooperation including bilateral trade, investments, and commercial interaction to promote shared prosperity. They reiterated their resolve to achieve the target of $5 billion by 2021 through regular exchange of trade delegations, establishing banking…

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War of Ports – Gwadar Vs Chabahar

By Jawad Akram Ongoing development of Chabahar port in Iran with collaboration of India in response to Pakistan’s Gwadar port is emerging as a proxy port of India for future. Gawadar Port, a strategic warm water deep sea port located on the Southwestern coast of Pakistan in the Baluchistan Province is the geographic center of gravity…

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HBL opens branch in Gwadar Free Zone

GWADAR (PR): Habib Bank (HBL) opened its branch in the Gwadar Free Zone earlier this week, making it the only Pakistani bank to have a branch in Gwadar as well as China. The branch was inaugurated by Chines Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing, along with Mr. Zhang Baozhong, Chairman China Overseas Port Holding Company…

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PM to inaugurate two-day Gwadar Expo today

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate first International Gwadar Expo in Gwadar today. According to Radio Pakistan, Foreign personalities along with members of the diplomatic community and businessmen from across the globe would attend the two day event. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone. First…

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Pakistani interest in Gwadar project fully considered: COPHC

BEIJING:  The Chinese company that is developing the Gwadar Port and the Gwadar Free Zone has said it has fully considered the interests of Pakistani side and has also agreed to share revenues from those projects although it wasn’t originally required to do so. An employee from the China Overseas Ports Holding Co (COPHC) told…

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PNS Alamgir helps wounded fishermen off Gwadar

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani Dhow (fishing boat) named AL SHAHSAR while operating 280 miles off Gwadar requested immediate/ emergency medical assistance from Pakistan Navy through Joint Maritime Information & Coordination Centre (JMICC). The boat had seventeen fishermen on board. Pakistan Navy promptly responded to the call for help by immediately tasking Pakistan Navy Ship ALAMGIR for…

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Gwadar projects be completed on time, directs PM Abbasi

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed authorities concerned to ensure timely completion of all development projects in Gwadar. He was speaking at a briefing about developmental projects in Gwadar. Chairman Gwadar Development Authority Dostain Jamaldini and Commissioner Mekran Division Bashir Bangulzai briefed the Prime Minister on the pace of work on different projects…

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Gwadar to emerge on world map as major trade hub: PM

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi performed the ground breaking of the Rs17 billion East Bay Expressway and directed that the series of development projects for Gwadar be completed on time to ensure that the port emerges on the world map as a major trade hub. Addressing a ceremony here, the Prime Minister said the…

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Pakistan Motor Rally concludes, COAS distributes prizes among participants

GWADAR: Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, which started on October 31 from Khunjrab culminated at Gwadar on Tuesday night. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) along with Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and former Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik witnessed final segment of the rally and distributed prizes to various…

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Grenade attacks injure 44 in Balochistan

Quetta: Two separate hand grenade attacks in Balochistan on Thursday injured 44 people, some of them seriously, police and hospital officials said. The incidents took place in Mastung and Gwadar districts. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. “Two men riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade at a busy boulevard, injuring 21…

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COAS spends second day of Eid at Turbat, Gwadar

GWADAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spent second day of Eid at Turbat and Gwadar in Balochistan on Sunday. The army chief also met family of Shaheed Major Jamal Sheran who embraced Shahadat in Hayatabad on 17 July, 2017. During his visit, the Chief Of Army Staff also met local notables. Talking…

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