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PM Gilani announces 10% reduction in port charges

Posted on 22 August 2009

ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday announced a 10% reduction in port charges in order to enhance the port operational activities. He made this announcement while attending a presentation during his visit to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping here.

The Prime Minister said that port charges in Pakistan are high in the region. Trade cargo handling is sluggish while storage facilities are deficient. This, he said, impedes the flow of trade and adds to the cost of doing business.

The Prime Minister said that since the transfer of Pakistan Marine Academy to Higher Education Commission in 2004 for turning it into a university / centre of excellence has not materialized, the possibility of shifting its administrative control back to the Ministry may be examined.

He said that Gwadar Port is the port of future and must be developed as per its Master Plan, positioning it as a hub for trade and trans-shipment in the region.

Gwadar is ideally placed to serve trading needs of Central Asia, Afghanistan and western part of China. For this purpose, he added, “we need to move fast on developing communication infrastructure”.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Communication to expedite construction of road network from Gwadar to up country to facilitate transportation and enhance port activity.

He said that it is a matter of concern that in terms of ports and shipping, Pakistan is not competitive regionally. “We failed to build on the shipping capacity that we inherited. We are now totally dependent on foreign ships for our external trade and pay billions of dollars in freight annually”, he added.

The Prime Minister said that existing port infrastructure in some cases is under-utilized. He said the Government has been paying guaranteed returns to investors but the potential benefits have not accrued.

The Prime Minister emphasized that future investments should be planned more carefully and after doing proper need assessment and cost benefit analysis.

“Our priority should be full utilization and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. Financial viability and long term economic sustainability must be our guiding principle”, he added.

He said port authorities should evaluate and improve land usage in order to ensure that land assets are optimally utilized. He stressed that Port authorities need to become more transparent and accountable in their internal operations.

The Prime Minister said the government believes in good governance, prudent management and financial discipline in all state institutions.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is a country with great future. “In the years to come, as economy and external trade grows, we would need port infrastructure that is futuristic, reliable, efficient and cost competitive. Side by side, we should pay more attention to re-building indigenous shipping industry”, he added.

The Prime Minister also asked the Minister for Ports and Shipping to lobby for the permanent membership of International Maritime Organization through Foreign Office as well as on his own level, following this the possibility of sending a permanent representative at the IMO headquarters would be considered.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Amin Rajwani says:

    ARTICLE: Mare Baloch Bhai Hum Sub Tumhare Saat Haye.?

    QUOTE:

    ” Mara Baloch Bhai:
    Mara Baap (Quaid-e-Azam) hum ko ak saal ki umar may chor kar hum ko yaaateem bana gaya. Hamaree Ma (Pakistan) no behata ma bhare jawani may bewa hu gaye. Jo Khawab hamare ma nay or hum saat Bhaiyou nay dakhay thay chikna chor ho gaye. Hamare Bare Bhai (Punjab) nay Baap kay martay he hum sub pay apna haq Jamana Suro Kar Diya.

    Hamare dusray number kay bhai (Sindh ) nay hamare Baap or Maa kay goud liye Bachacy (Mahajir) ko apnay saat mila kar apnay haq kay liye awaaz uthai. Bare Tesera Bhai (NWFP-Paktun khawa) nay Bare dil kay muzahira kiya. Mare teen mazloom bhaiyo ( FATA – Nortern Area – Azad Kashmir ) nay har duk dard ko bina gila kiya apnay kalay say lagaya.
    Or muj (baluchistan) ko sub bhai bhool gaye.

    Aaj Marey Bachay roti roti ko taras rahay hay or mara bara bhai (punjab) apnay bacho ko tuo duo rupay ki roti dayta hay kiyu kay us kay ghar may anaj ugta hay magar apnay chotay bhai (baluchistan) ko bhool gaya hay kay us kay bachay bhokay raat ko sotay haye.

    Mara dusra Bhai (sindh) apnay goud liye bachoo kay saat khud to pait bhar roti kama kar kha lata hay magar apnay chotay bhai (Baluchistan) ki madad nahi karta kay woh bhi apnay pairo pay khara hu sakay.
    Mara Tesra Bara Bhai (NWFP – Paktunkhwa) bhi bohat dukhi hay dar badar hu gaya hay. Mara Mazloom Bhai (FATA) apne garat ki hifazat may masroof hay. Us kay bacho ki bhi kisi ko fiqar nahi hay.

    Hum sub bhai apnay baraye bhai (Punjab) ki taraf daik rahay hay. Kay woh Bhai jo hum sub may sub say Bara Hay. Hamare Baap ki jaga hay woh kab apnay tamam chotay Bhayo kay saat insaf Karta Hay. Or kab hum ko apne muhobat say Galay laga Kar Hamare Bacho ko bhi apnay bacho ki terha 2 rupayee ki roti dayta hay apnay paiso say.
    Akhir Bara Bhai Bara Bhai huta hay.

    Ya us ka hi farz hay kay woh hum sub chotay bhaiyo kay duk dard ka ilaj bhi karay or hum ko apney baap ki jaga hunay ka aahsas day. Hum sub bhai us ki izat bhi kartay hay or ahtram bhi. Ab Bara bhai ko bhi apnay chotay bhaiyo ko mayos nahi karna chahyae. Ku kay hum sub Ik he maa ki Aulad Haye. Or Baap kay jaldi marnay kay baad woh he tu hay hum sub ka khayal raknay wala.

    Agar hum Chottay bhaiyo say agar apnay baraye bhai say narazgi hay tu bara bhai baap bun kar apni sifkat or muhobat say apna haat hum sub chotay bhaiyo pay rakhay. Or hum sub ko apne muhobat say apnay saat mila kar hamare bhi apas ki narazgi ko dur karaye.

    Or Aasi misal banay kay hum sub kay bacho ko bhi apnay bacho ki tarah samjay.
    Pir jub ya ungle sub bhaiyo ki aik soch say punja banay gi tu koye bhai pichay nahi rahe ga. or us kol ki taraha hu gay kay “Aik lakre aasani say turi ja sakti hay magar saat lakriya ikhati hu tu nahi tuori ja sakti”
    Ma Apnay Sub say chotay Baloch Bhai ko yakeen dilata hu kay Bhai Tum nay buhoat sabar kiya. Tum nay bohat taklef uthai bhai tum aaj taak akale thay. Saach tumhare bachay bhokay thay. Magar Bhai Mayous maat hu. Hum sub Chotay bhai apnay baray bhai ko us kay baray hunay ka aahsas zaroor dilaye gay. Or Hum apnay Baray Bhai ki hi Qayadat or rehnumay may sub mil jul kar pir say aik khandan or aik ghar may apnay apnay boacho kay saat mil kar aik dusray ki izat kartay huway Azadi kay saat rahay gay. Or Apnay apnay ghar ko khushal or tarakey bhai daye gay.

    Maray Baloch Bhai hum sub Chotay Bhai Mil Kar aap ka or app kay bacho ka khayal rakhay gay. Ta kay Aap jub Apnay Pairo pay Kharay hu jaou tu hum sub ka khayal bhi us he tara rak saku jasay apnay bacho ka rakhu gay.
    Bus Bhai Himat Rakhu. Or Mayous maat hu. Hum Sub Bhai tumhare Saat Haye.”

    UNQUOTE

    Thanking you in advance.

    Amin Rajwani
    email: aminrajwani@live.com

  2. Raees Balouch says:

    Kaash Sub Loguo ki souch aaishi Huo Jaye Jo Amin Rajwani saheb ki hay. Tu Na Zuloom Rahe Na Zaleem.

    Kaash Hum Sub Pakistani Bhaiu ko Ya aqal aa jaye kay Agar Bhai Dukhi huga tu sub Dukhi Hugay.

    Kaash Hum Hazart Muhammed Kay Farman ko Samjay or Apni Din Or Duniya Dono ko Abad Karaye.

    Kaash Hum Maaree Ghar May Chopay un Dusmano Ko Pehchan Sakay jo hamare darmayan Rah Kar Hum Sub Bhaiyo Ka Dil May ik dusra kay liye Zahir Bhar Raha hay.

    Kaash Zindagi itna muka daye kay Pakistan Ko Hamessha Taraqi Karta Huwa Daik Pao.

    Kaash Hum Sub Is Ramzan May ik hu jaye.

  3. Mula Bux Attalullah says:

    Balouch Apni Sakawat or Pyar Muhobat Kay liye apne aik aalg Pehchan Raktay haye.
    Aman Say Jina or Aman Say Marna Chahtay haye. Laraye Jagre Fasad un ko Achay nahi lagtay.

    Dusman Ki Bari say Bari Galti Mauf Kar Datay hay. Agar Sub mil jul kar rahey.
    Hamesha Rukhi Sukhi Kha kar bhi Aik Achay Muslman hay. Har ik kay duk dard may
    Samil hotay hay.

    Is ki aik misal Nawab Bhubti kay bacho may aap daak saktay haye. Un Kay Waleed Ka Khun bhi maaf karnay ko tayar hay agar us say balouch bhaiyo ki zindagi may suba aa jaye.

    Woh Badlay say ziyada apnay balouch bhaiyo kay barye may souchtay haye.

    Kas Pakistan Kay tamam Log Media ki madad say balouch bhaiyo pay hunay walay apany tamam zulem kay liye awaz uthaye.

    Hum Janab Altaf Hussain kay maskur hay jis nay sub say pahele Baluch bhayio kay duk ko apna jan kar awaz uthai.

    Umeed hay punjab may basnay wale bhai bhi hamare dard o gum may bara bar kay sharique hu gay. or Hukumat ko majboor karye gay kay woh Baluchistan say hunay wale na insafio ka izala raray gay.

    Sub Pakistani chahe un ka taluq kisi bhi subay say haye. Humare Bhai Haye.

  4. Kamal - Canadian says:

    Gwadar is only the flash point in western world. Gwadar is not only the future of Pakistan but it is also the future of russia, tajikistan, usbakistan, china because it is save and secure route of transit from asia to world due to environmental world warning.

    Pakistan must depend on its own streigth other wise western world will eat it just like a sweet dish. Those Balouch rebals who think that they are safe in the hands of usa or west. They are living in dreams. They can not watch what happend in Iraq, Afghanistan, and North East Provinces.

    Baluch must understand the Game of CIA, Mossad, Raw, and Khad.

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