Pakistan asked China to complete the construction of a strategic naval base in Gwadar. It was announced by the Pakistan defence Ministry a day after the country`s prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, returned from a visit to Beijing.
China has accepted Pakistan’s request to take over operations at the strategic Gwadar port after an existing agreement with the Singapore Port Authority expires.This was stated by Federal Minister for Defence, Ch Ahmad Mukhtar after completing his visit to China with the Prime Minister of Pakistan. China is an all-weather friend and the closest ally of Pakistan, and it could be judged from the fact that in which ever sectors Pakistan requested assistance during P.M’s recent visit to China, they immediately agreed with Pakistan, he stated further.
Ch Ahmad Mukhtar stated that during their meeting with the Prime Minister of China, Wen Jia Bao, he, being the Defence Minister of Pakistan, raised and discussed some important strategic and economic issues.
Pakistan considers that peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the whole region. Pakistan supports a stable government in Kabul which shall be Afghan owned.
Pakistan requested for frigates of 4400 tons on credit basis. We also expressed the desire that the Chinese government could train our personnel on submarines.
The Minister further stated that they are grateful to Chinese government for constructing Gwader Port. However, we would be more grateful to the Chinese government if a naval base is being constructed at the site of Gwader for Pakistan.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan told his Chinese counterpart that their program of JF-17 Thunder Aircrafts is going on successfully, but it would be a pleasure for us if the PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) would induct the aircrafts in their Air fleet. This would give us a lot of publicity to our aircrafts and we would be able to sell a larger quantity of the Aircrafts to bring down the cost. The Chinese government subscribed to our request to equip our Air Force with FC-20 Aircrafts.
The Chinese Premier was pleased to discuss that his government would help us in repairing Attaabad Lake and KKH road, once the clarification regarding these projects are being received to the Chinese government. We agreed on the point that stability had to be achieved in the region by the joint efforts of both Pakistan and China and by defeating the terrorists in the region.
At this point Pakistan asked China that a message may be conveyed to the US government that Pakistan’s sovereignty should be respected. The Chinese government assured that they would help us to remove all the bottlenecks coming in the way of our prosperity.
China and Pakistan plan on building a rail link, which would pass through Gilgit-Baltistan near the Karakoram Highway. Ideal geo-strategic location of our country with the Gwader port, linking Central and South Asia entailing Islamabad’s close ties with China pinches the eyes of US, India and Israel which are in collusion to destabilise Pakistan for their common interests.It is owing to these reasons that Pakistan, its army and intelligence agency, ISI have become special target of the external plot, even under the Obama Administration. Availing the opportunity of the western propaganda, CIA, RAW and Mossad have also increased their secret activities against Pakistan by supporting the insurgents of Balochistan.It is mentionable that the US intends to control Balochistan as an independent state in counterbalancing China and containing Iran. Therefore, America and India are creating instability in Pakistan by backing Baloch separatists to complete their hidden agenda.
Plot by foreign elements against Balochistan and China could also be judged from the “Indian Defence Review,” of Jan-Mar 2009. The Review, while suggesting the disintegration of Pakistan, wrote that for New Delhi, “this opens a window of opportunity to ensure that the Gwadar port does not fall into the hand of China. Afghanistan will gain stability…India’s access to Central Asian energy routes will open up.”
It is worthmentioning that the revelations of Israel’s ambassador to India, Mark Sofer during his interview to the Indian weekly Outlook as published on February 18, 2008 had surprised Pakistan, China and the Middle. On a question regarding India’s defence arrangements with Israel, Sofer while indicating two identical situations, disclosed “We do have a defence relationship with India, which is no secret. On the other hand, what is secret is the defence relationship”. And “with all due respect, the secret part will remain a secret.”
Nonetheless, it needs to be reminded that China is one of the few countries that has always remained Pakistan’s strong ally, one that has never failed in coming to our aid. In the new world order where the US is evidently siding with India as a counterweight to China’s rapid economic expansion and growing power, Pakistan is China’s most dependable friend. Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s trip is a reinforcement of the deep and long lasting ties both countries have always enjoyed. In the face of international doubt and pressure, it has been these two allies which have always stood by each other. There is no doubt that China is ever-supportive ally. Both the countries are making efforts to further strengthen their relationship and enhance strategic ties.