First Chinese shipment rolls into Sost dry port in Gilgit-Baltistan


First CPEC conveyance reaches Sost dry pier in G-B. PHOTO: SHABBIR MIR/EXPRESS
GILGIT: Hundreds of Chinese trucks commissioned with products rolled into a Sost dry pier in Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday as a multibillion-dollar plan between Pakistan and China rigourously became operational.
The conveyance arrived some-more than dual weeks after a initial Chinese boat docked during Gwadar pier that is a centre of a $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The mezzanine is about 3,000-kilometre prolonged consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will bond China’s Xinjiang range to a rest of a universe by Gwadar port.
The initial consignment, commissioned on 150 to 300 trucks, was perceived by G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman and a commander of a Force Command Northern Areas Maj Gen Saqib Mehmood, who had generally flown in to be during a ancestral occasion.
“This is going to be a predestine changer for a country,” pronounced Rehman after a rite during a Sost dry port, that has recently been handed over to a National Logistics Cell (NLC) for a duration of 20 years.
“We will frustrate conspiracies being hatched opposite CPEC,” he pronounced in a potential anxiety to India that has publicly opposite a multibillion-dollar plan dubbed ‘game-changer’ and ‘fate changer’ not only for Pakistan though for a whole region.
A comparison supervision central pronounced a shipping containers carrying a Chinese products would be escorted to Gwadar in tiny convoys. “The initial procession left Gilgit currently [Monday] for a destination,” a central told The Express Tribune wishing not to be named.
“Personnel of army, military and special CPEC force are providing foolproof confidence to a convoy,” combined a official, who is arcane to a development.
“Some of a Chinese shipping containers were unloaded during Sost dry pier where a products were reloaded on to Pakistani containers for leading tour to Gawadar.”
As a procession gathering by Danyor city in Gilgit around Karakoram Highway, residents backing both sides of a highway waved to a truckers. The trucks were arrayed with banners carrying cinema of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese reflection Li Keqiang.
“Wish we best of luck,” pronounced a proprietor as he prayed for a success of a project. “Long live Pak-China friendship,” pronounced another resident.
Earlier this year, Beijing donated to a G-B supervision 25 vehicles versed with complicated confidence gears for a confidence of convoys entrance from China. The G-B supervision has also commissioned 285 high-resolution closed-circuit cameras with night prophesy capability to keep an eye on miscreants.
The supervision in G-B, that is during a heart of CPEC, fears Indian view group RAW could feat a region’s inherent standing opposite a project. New Delhi claims G-B is a doubtful domain since it is partial of a state of Jammu and Kashmir.
While a 420-kilometre-long widen of CPEC runs by G-B, politicians contend a segment is doubtful to reap a mercantile advantages – during slightest in a brief run.
“We acquire this plan as it will change a country’s outlook,” pronounced JUI-F’s comparison personality Attaullah Shahab. “But a worrying thing is there is zero for G-B in a project.”
PPP Vice President Jamil Ahmed uttered identical reservations, seeking a supervision to safeguard due share for G-B. “Our arch apportion could have taken limit out of a plan since his party, a PML-N, is a statute celebration during a centre.”
The arch minister, however, pronounced his supervision was formulation to deliver an ‘environment tax’ on transporters doing business underneath CPEC. “We will order to levy a sourroundings tax,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, Nov 1st, 2016.