ISLAMABAD: The government plans to link the Gwadar seaport with the rest of the country through rail and road networks, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday.

Responding to a suggestion of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) parliamentarian Ghous Buksh Mehar during the debate on the 2009-10 budget in the National Assembly, he said the government would develop the infrastructure in Balochistan and link Gwadar to other parts of the country. He said the Gwadar port was being used to import wheat and fertilizer, adding it would be transformed into a business and economic hub that would generate employment opportunities for the local population.

Mehar had suggested the government take steps to develop the agriculture sector and ensure the provision of agricultural inputs on cheap rates. He asked the government to provide at least 500 bulldozers to Sindh province to increase agricultural yield through land leveling. He also suggested the Gwadar port be linked to the main railway network.

Source: Daily Times