QUETTA -  The first Gwadar-Kashghar trade convoy of 60 Chinese containers arrived in Quetta via China-Pakistan Economic Corridor western route and will reach Gwadar on November 12.

The convoy of 60 containers reached Balochistan via western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) led by Mr Yuan, chief adviser of Chinese Xinjiang province. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Zehri expressed delight over the arrival of the first Chinese trade convoy in Gwadar via CPEC western route, terming it a remarkable progress.

The convoy, headed by Mr Yuan, chief advisor, Xinjiang province of China, called on Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri upon his arrival in Quetta and briefed the CM about the voyage.

Mr Yuan, briefing Nawab Zehri, said the first 60 containers convoy was part of the 200-container caravan which will reach Gwadar via western route on Nov 12. The Chinese products reaching Gwadar through these containers will be exported to African and other countries through Gwadar Port.

Mr Yuan told the chief minister that at least 25 to 30 days were required for the oil imported from Saudi Arabia to reach Shanghai, China, nut the Gwadar-Kashghar route had curtailed this lengthy period to 10 or 12 days only, which is the most preferable for both saving time and expenditure and will ultimately benefit China and Pakistan.

He informed the chief minister that only five days were needed for transport of products to reach Gwadar from Kashghar. He also stressed the need for promoting mutual cooperation between Balochistan and Xinjiang.

The CM agreed to visit China next month on the invitation of Xinjiang’s government. Durinn this visit various affairs will be finalised for enhancing mutual connections among the two provinces.

Meanwhile, Col Mansoor, the FWO representative, told the chief minister that the containers loaded with the products of Pakistani exporters were also part of the 60-container trade convoy, which were moving toward Gwadar via CPEC= western route. He added inaugural ceremony of export inauguration via Gwadar Port will be organised on November 13 upon the arrival of the first convoy of 60 containers in Gwadar, which will be attended by high, civil and military leadership as well as diplomats of 15 countries. Col Mansoor affirmed the western route will be used permanently in future as well.

ONE MORE DIVISION LIKELY FOR CPEC SECURITY

Commander Special Security Division (SSD) Maj-Gen Abid Rafiq Mengal on Tuesday called on Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and discussed with him security matters relating to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gwadar Security Plan and safety of Chinese people working on the projects.

During the meeting, it was decided that a coordination committee will be formed for establishing connections between Special Security Division and provincial government of Balochistan of which Balochistan home secretary, IG police, DG Levies, IB and CTD officials would be members.

GOC Maj-General Abid Rafiq, briefing Chief Minister Zehri, said a Special Security Division had been constituted for security of CPEC while federal government was considering to establish one more division and after approval northern and southern special security divisions would be formed. A special force under Balochistan police will be constituted for the security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while special training will also be imparted to this force under the Special Security Division, said the GOC while briefing Balochistan CM.

 Meanwhile, the chief minister has ordered the IG police to spearhead foolproof security endeavors for CPEC including Gwadar was important for this whole project. Zehri also directed authorities concerned to take security measures on war-footing on the routes passing through various districts of Balochistan.