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China to help build new Gwadar airport: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said arrangements for the construction of the new Gwadar airport will soon be finalized with the Chinese government.

He said operationalization of Gwadar port had ushered in a new era of development and prosperity for the people of Balochistan, as it would generate unprecedented economic activity in the area.

Mr Aziz was talking to Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House on Tuesday.

The prime minister said the newly-inaugurated Gwadar deep-sea port would serve as a trade corridor for the whole region, linking Balochistan with Afghanistan, the Central Asian Republics and China.

He said the government was now undertaking the construction of the fourth port of Pakistan at Sonmiani, which would be developed as a port city bearing the name Alladin Cove. In addition to being a port, the new city would be a tourist resort and an industrial hub and would open new vistas of economic opportunities and create thousands of jobs which would benefit not only Balochistan but the entire country, he said.

Mr Aziz said the government was focusing on providing employment opportunities to the youth of Balochistan and their quota had been further increased to six percent to give them full and effective representation in government jobs. staff report

Source: Daily Times

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