Pakistan approves Russia’s request to use strategic Gwadar Port

"On top of it, Russia also wants to join the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor to reap the maximum dividends. In addition, Russia aspires to develop strategic defence ties with Pakistan," the daily said.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 26, 2016 4:41 pm
Pakistan, Russia, Gwadar Port, Pakistan Russia, Pakistan Gwadar Port, Russia Gwadar Port, world news, indian express A Pakistan Navy ship berth at Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Karachi. Pakistan. (File/AP Photo)

Pakistan has approved Russia’s request to use the strategic Gwadar Port for its exports, signalling a new alignment in bilateral relations after decades’ of sour ties during the Cold War era. Following Iran and Turkmenistan, Russia has also decided to use the Gwadar Port for trade to have an access to warm waters, a top Pakistani official privy to the development was quoted as saying by Geo News.

“On top of it, Russia also wants to join the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor to reap the maximum dividends. In addition, Russia aspires to develop strategic defence ties with Pakistan,” the daily said. Pakistan decided to broaden its foreign policy options after its relations with the US deteriorated following secret CIA raid in Abbottabad that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

Its relations with the US were soured recently when US lawmakers blocked funds for the sale of eight Lockheed Martin Corporation’s F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Pakistan is eager to improve its ties with Russia to diversify its defence purchase options in the event of any stalemate in ties with Washington, experts say.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is on a two-day visit to Turkmenistan, said that he welcomed the Russia’s interest in becoming part of the CPEC and maintained that Pakistan would welcome participation of any country in the gigantic project. He told journalists that many countries wanted to join CPEC as half of the world would benefit from the project.

China and Pakistan are building the nearly 3,000-km-long economic corridor linking Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea with Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to improve connectivity between the two countries. The move would open up a new and cheaper cargo route for transporting oil to China as well as export of Chinese goods to the Middle East and Africa.

Sharif also announced building railways, road and fiber-optic along with Turkmenistan-Pakistan-Afghanistan-India (TAPI) 1,680-kilometer-long gas pipeline to enhance connectivity between South Asia and Central Asia. He said that TAPI would supply 400 billion cubic feet gas to the three member states in which Pakistan’s share would be three hundred billion feet of gas. Sharif said TAPI, which is the largest gas project in the region, would help meet the gas demand in Pakistan.

In the Turkmen capital, Sharif announced on Saturday Pakistan’s decision to join the Ashgabat Agreement and the Lapis Lazuli Corridor. The Ashgabat agreement is a transport agreement between Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and seeks to create an international transport and transit corridor.

The Lapis Lazuli Corridor seeks to foster transit and trade cooperation between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey by reducing barriers facing transit trade.

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    Ali
    Feb 18, 2017 at 9:58 am
    Lol its amazing to see you stupid endians crying, stan is not going to become a Chinese colony but stan has got its real strategic position which will ultimately turn it to a big economic power , and your stupid PM (The Butcher) is trying to isolate stan, its a very big joke of the time, today's fact is that the w World especially the big powers of region and even Europe is going to join this CPEC, we have a vital strategic position now even to block 70 % of World's Oil corridor via Gawadar. So now its endia who has nothing except to cry or trying to destabilize stan. But we stanis have the position not only to economically destabilize endia but also geographically disintegrate endia, and we will do it , Insha Allah.
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      Ikok
      Nov 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm
      stan getting Isolated 😂
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        Ahs
        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:13 am
        You cry poor ians only cry.
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          anil bharali
          Nov 27, 2016 at 1:38 am
          The colonial inspired anti PAK and Anti China propaa of RSS is going to be counter productive soon in coming days when PAK. China and Russian come together on Gwadar port to Xinjiang province of China connectivity .It will prove how anti Indian counter productive their patriotism is !!
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            anil bharali
            Nov 27, 2016 at 1:38 am
            The colonial inspired anti PAK and Anti China propaa of RSS is going to be counter productive soon in coming days when PAK. China and Russian come together on Gwadar port to Xinjiang province of China connectivity .It will prove how anti Indian counter productive their patriotism is !!
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              Haary
              Nov 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm
              And RUSSIA PRESENCE IN THAT PORT IS GOOD FOR INDIA, maybe Indi told russia to join that port
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                Haary
                Nov 27, 2016 at 10:01 pm
                India will have to look at its no first use nuclear policy, EITHER USE IT LOSSE IT.
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                  Haary
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm
                  It is bettwr to Live with respect or Die. stan and China are our enemies and russia joining them or not doesnot make any difference
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                    W.R.
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                    World's biggest ranter who was raising tantrum against stan at ever forum has been mocked by its top ally Russia. This is how Modi failed miserably at international level and not only mocked himself but India on international forums. So much for isolation !!! What a miserable failure on the part of Modi who has been fooling its own people.
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                      Abdul Aziz
                      Nov 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                      Gwadar Port is a new born candy for many countries in central Asia, Russia and ME with a network of Roads and Energy pipe line convex for regional trade and connectivity..
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                        Farhan Malik
                        Dec 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                        STAN CHINA RUSSIA TURKEY = NEW WORLD ORDER
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                          Nationalist
                          Nov 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm
                          here comes the expert of diplomacy.....
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                            Nationalist
                            Nov 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm
                            its all the outcome of I.....a country with begging a bowl is equaling itself with china and russia....LoL
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                              Nationalist
                              Nov 27, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                              moron...sensationalizing and news are different...try to use your brain....
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                                Nationalist
                                Nov 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                                thats why when porkis are getting butchered no country conveys condolence but use the gwadar port instead.....LoL
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                                  Nationalist
                                  Nov 27, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                                  the slavery inspired mindset of spineless bunch are the enemy of India
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                                    Nationalist
                                    Nov 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm
                                    which stat?? porkistani madra chap stat? LoL
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                                      Nationalist
                                      Nov 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm
                                      yes...we will kill..but no one would say oofff....
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                                        Avijit chakraborty
                                        Dec 19, 2016 at 10:47 am
                                        In the time of kargil war Russia was disagree to give leser guided missile to India. Each n every country seeking there own interest.Now India is much closer to America and thats the reason Russia doing thisdia should grow their Economic and military power then time will come when all this state will be negotiate there interest with India. China will be in a deep trouble with in 2 years...Just wait...Its not prediction. Many hidden cause will be open. Wait and see .
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                                          Mystore Rom
                                          Nov 27, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                          Indians going to be one of world's most stupid race. For picking 2 of its largest neighbor countries China and stan as its enemy. lt;br/gt;India is a poor country with gdp per capital less than US$2000. lt;br/gt;Imagine how much $$ and times India will lost for wrong mindset. lt;br/gt;It India doesn't change its mindset, it may be poorer than others forever.
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                                            Rehan
                                            Nov 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                                            This is called false sensationalizing. It means nothing! What is the big deal if Russia says that they will agree to drive on that road and park there if they want to.
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