Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar inaugurated Pakistan-China Friendship Hospital and a seawater desalination plant in Gwadar on Monday.
Addressing a ceremony on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed the confidence that the desalination plant will resolve water issue in Gwadar to a great extent. He was also appreciative of Chinese support for the construction of Pakistan-China Friendship Hospital.
The Prime Minister said Gwadar International Airport is also about to reach the operationalization phase. He directed that northern zone should be connected with the national grid to address the issue of electricity in Gwadar.
Anwaar ul Haq Kakar stated that improved connectivity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has brought immense benefits. He emphasized that the development direction of Gwadar and Balochistan has been set and will now only move forward. He said nobody can reverse it through force or the use of violence.
The Prime Minister assured to ensure protection of Chinese nationals in Pakistan. He reaffirmed that the federal and provincial governments, armed forces and civil law enforcement agencies will not allow anybody to cause harm to the Chinese nationals. He said it is a matter of sensitive nature and we take it very seriously.
Anwaar ul Haq Kakar was confident that Gwadar will emerge as a hub of industries and trade connectivity as a result of longstanding Pakistan-China friendship.
The Prime Minister pointed out that different phrases such as all-weather friends and strategic cooperative partners, iron clad friendship, a friendship higher than Himalayas, deeper than ocean and sweeter than honey are used to describe the real spirit of Pakistan-China friendship.
In his address on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong said our aim is to ensure timely completion of CPEC related projects. He said both the countries will take their relationship to new heights through collaborative efforts.