Srinagar: Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port, being developed by China under a USD 46 billion economic corridor initiative, will have implications not only for India but also for the US, Iran and Gulf region, a former Pakistani envoy to the US has said according to a media report.
“If China is going to take care of this or have its military and naval presence in Gwadar, its implications won’t be just about India. It will also put them at the mouth of the Gulf. It will have implications for Iran, it will have implications for the Gulf, other countries. It will have implications for the US and its supply of oil and other trade with the Gulf countries,” former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani was quoted as saying.
Haqqani said that Gwadar was always being conceived by Islamabad as a strategic military base, the report added. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, it said further.
As it passes through the Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), India has raised objection to the project.
“Pakistan doesn’t have the resources to have a large Navy base. But then Pakistan’s entire strategic outlook is related to India,” Haqqani was quoted as saying, adding that that is the reason why Pakistan opposes UN Security Council reform.
“It’s not because it really objects to adding new members to the permanent members to the Security Council. It doesn’t want India to become the permanent Security Council member,” he said, the report added.