外文标题：Balochistan to receive big slice of Chinese funds
After taking operational control of the strategically important deep-sea port of Gwadar, China is focusing on poverty and militancy-stricken province of Balochistan, which will get a major chunk of funds worth $31 billion pledged by Beijing for energy and port expansion projects, sources say.
The government is working on a plan to expand Gwadar Port, which is part of an investment programme set by China for boosting economic activities in Balochistan.
“Of the total investment, Lahore-Karachi motorway, Gwadar Port expansion and integrated development of Gwadar will attract an investment of $11 billion,” a source said.
Gwadar Port has given western China access to the Arabian Sea, which has upset India and the US. Many western and Indian analysts believe that China has intentions to build naval bases there.
However, Chinese authorities insist that Gwadar Port will give western China access to oil supplies from the Gulf and will boost economic activities in Pakistan. Under a long-term plan, China is expected to lay oil and gas pipelines through Gwadar Port to meet its energy needs.
According to sources, the government has also handed over to Pakistan Army the task of providing fool-proof security to Chinese officials in Balochistan in a bid to address Beijing’s concerns and execute the investment plan in the province, which will get 38% of the funds.
In a meeting of the federal cabinet on February 25, it was announced that China had agreed to invest $4.5 billion annually over the next seven years in Pakistan. The premier described it as an unprecedented example where only one country, China, would invest $31.5 billion.
“In the energy sector, 10 projects will be launched in Gadani, Balochistan and six coal projects in Thar, Sindh,” he added.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal told the meeting that China had initially approved projects worth $15-20 billion and working groups had been set up in that regard. However, Beijing was concerned over the security situation and called for making improvements.
what is in it for Balochistan and Balochistanis $$$?
The Chinese “talk” billions of dollars but never really open their purse strings, Gwadar has now been in their custody for many years with little change. They are good at grabbing headlines by announcing big investments but in actual fact doing nothing.
The Gwadar port itself was been built by Chinese loan in Musharraf era. The Singaporian company which had the previous port management did bring FDI in infrastructure let alone Tanker Traffic.
First knows your fact and only then relent.
Valid observations. The only interest China has in Gawadar is to secretly base its submarine forces there as part of their geo-strategic military calculations. They very well know that all this talk of Gawadar as a gateway to the Central Asian Republics is nothing more than writing in the air. Besides, the astute business people that they are, the Chinese will never invest in an area ripe with terrorism and with no real payback for their investments.
Having said that, the Pakistani establishment is also creating an economic smokescreen as the reason for gifting Gawadar to the Chinese. The establishment’s calculation is that getting China to base its naval forces in Gawadar will somehow give Pakistan a counter to Indian navy in case of a war with India.
Pakistan is selling of our Dravidian Baloch brother’s land to imperial China and persecuting them.
@dravidian it is not selling land …to develop this port needs alot of investment ..no pakistani company can do this ..so pak has to award contract to some one else..every country is calling foreign investment ..but pakistan when some one start investing enemies of pakistan starts propagandas ……
@Dravidian: lol! Whose land??? We are happy for our land… atleast chinese would develop it better than our Baloch warlords, who wana keep us uneducated and treat us as their slaves!
Baloch have nothing to do with India, and they are also not from South Indian Dravidian race, they are mainly Persian/Iranian, Pashtun and Arab mixed race. Get your facts straight.
Awww I Am Smelling Someone Burning Across The Border
FYI Balochis Are Not Dravidians They Are of Mixed Arab Iranian Descent.Brahuis Are Remotely Related Only to Dravidians
New Mega Projects in Balochistan!!! it means alot of new No Go Areas for Baloch people within Balochista. After Sindak, RaikoDik,Gwadar Port and Sui Gas field (etc) now Gadani and many more.thats awsome work……………… its like Investing Billions of $$$$$s on a Garrison were natives will be PROHIBITED.
e.g: Sui Gas flows out of Balochistan but 28 out 32 districts dont have any access to it.
if these projects get completed peoples of balochistan will be major beneficier..only hurdle in such big investment is security .whenever work on project starts.security problems starts escalating…india and iran dont want this port to be succesful..karachi became such hub just bcoz of port..previously bcoz of american pressure musharaf avoided china and give contract to singapore ..in 5 years they did not invested single peny..