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Gwadar port is backbone of economy

Posted on 14 February 2009

SHR Jahfer

Islamabad—The federal minister for communication Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan has said that Gawadar Port is the backbone of the country’s economy and its completion was a milestone in the development of the country, therefore special attention is being paid to the highways linking this strategic port. He also clarified that over-loading in containers operating along the Makran Coastal highway will not be allowed.

He expressed these views while giving instructions to high officials posted at Makran Coastal Highway near Pak-Iran Border. The federal secretary communication Sharif Ahmad Khan, Chairman National Highway Authority Chaudhry Altaf Ahmed, Chairman Gawadar port Authority Rear Admiral Saeed, GM Colonal (r) Javed Akhtar, DCO Gawadar Noorul Amin Mengal and other high officials also accompanied him. It may be noted that by Gawadar Port through Makran Coastal Highway, sometimes ago fertilizer and now a days Wheat is being imported.

The federal minister for Communications has been receiving complaints that on vehicles plying on this road, goods were being loaded above the approved quantity. The federal minister instructed the concerned officials to ensure loading of trucks and containers as per the approved quantity, otherwise strict action will be taken against those responsible for it and they will be dealt with according to the law. The federal minister also ordered that in case of any casualties to passengers traveling on these roads, trauma centre should be set up and ambulance and other facilities be provided at Puzzi Pass and Pasni. Earlier, the federal minister traveled from Jeewani to Gabad Highway and inspected it in details.

The federal minister said that Gawadar Port is of key importance to the country because it can help established trade relations with other countries of the world, and expressed his conviction that in future Pakistan will become an economic tiger of the Sub-continent and Asia.

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