China to take over operations at Pak’s Gwadar port


China would take over operations of Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port after an existing agreement with the Singapore Port Authority for the facility’s management expires.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said China had accepted Pakistan’s request in this regard made during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s visit this week.

Mukhtar was part of the delegation that accompanied Gilani on his four-day visit to China.

“We are grateful to the Chinese government for constructing the Gwadar port. However, we will be more grateful to the Chinese government if a naval base is constructed at the site of Gwadar for Pakistan,” he said.

Gwadar port, located in the Balochistan province about 450 km west of Karachi, was developed with major investments from China.

The Port of Singapore Authority was hired for its management in 2002 and was inaugurated in 2007.

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