Pakistan Navy plans to set up base near Gwadar



Gwadar is a rising harbor metropolitan on the southwestern Arabian Sea shore of Pakistan. It is the district headquarters of Gwadar District in Balochistan province and has a population of about 50,000.
Gwadar is tactically situated at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Gulf of Oman. The harbor is sited on the eastern bay of a natural hammerhead-shaped peninsula jutting out into the Arabian Sea from the shoreline. The city’s tactical, warm-water, deep-sea Gwadar Port was finished in 2007. The harbor is 47 feet deep and handles the biggest freight ships to Pakistan. The city is rising as a trade center and a passage for Chinese oil imports. Gwadar has also been taking a growing position in China’s String of Pearls.
Gwadar is one of the few premeditated cities in Pakistan (others being Islamabad, Faisalabad, and Jauharabad), which have been developed from scratch under an urban master plan. Before development, the town was nothing more than a fishing village.
Admiral Asif Sandila, chief of staff of the Pakistani Navy, said Pakistan plans to establish a naval base around Gwadar, where China is helping build the Gwadar port, in southwest Pakistan.
“It takes a long time to build a navy base, and now the navy is only doing feasibility studies,” said Sandila, who is on his first visit to China as the Navy chief of staff.
He emphasized that Gwadar port remains an economic port and the Pakistani navy has been tasked to provide security for foreigners working at the port and the port infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Sandila also said he believes the rise of China will have a positive spill-over effect on the entire region.
Pakistan is willing to intensify cooperation with China over a wide spectrum of areas, including defense, science and technology, telecommunications, infrastructure, education, banking, trade and commerce, and cultural exchange.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Pakistan Navy plans to set up base near Gwadar


Gwadar is a rising harbor metropolitan on the southwestern Arabian Sea shore of Pakistan. It is the district headquarters of Gwadar District in Balochistan province and has a population of about 50,000.
Gwadar is tactically situated at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Gulf of Oman. The harbor is sited on the eastern bay of a natural hammerhead-shaped peninsula jutting out into the Arabian Sea from the shoreline. The city’s tactical, warm-water, deep-sea Gwadar Port was finished in 2007. The harbor is 47 feet deep and handles the biggest freight ships to Pakistan. The city is rising as a trade center and a passage for Chinese oil imports. Gwadar has also been taking a growing position in China’s String of Pearls.
Gwadar is one of the few premeditated cities in Pakistan (others being Islamabad, Faisalabad, and Jauharabad), which have been developed from scratch under an urban master plan. Before development, the town was nothing more than a fishing village.
Admiral Asif Sandila, chief of staff of the Pakistani Navy, said Pakistan plans to establish a naval base around Gwadar, where China is helping build the Gwadar port, in southwest Pakistan.
“It takes a long time to build a navy base, and now the navy is only doing feasibility studies,” said Sandila, who is on his first visit to China as the Navy chief of staff.
He emphasized that Gwadar port remains an economic port and the Pakistani navy has been tasked to provide security for foreigners working at the port and the port infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Sandila also said he believes the rise of China will have a positive spill-over effect on the entire region.
Pakistan is willing to intensify cooperation with China over a wide spectrum of areas, including defense, science and technology, telecommunications, infrastructure, education, banking, trade and commerce, and cultural exchange.

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