QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani while expressing his reservations over Gwadar Port agreement inked with Singapore Port Authority by previous government has said that neither it would be beneficial for Balochistan nor for the country. He expressed these views while addressing a function held at Gwadar on the eve of arrival of first ship at Gwadar Port on Sunday. Minister of State for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabol, Chairman Singapore Port Authority Khurrum Abbass and Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Admiral (r) Ehsan Saeed were also present on the occasion. Earlier, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, Federal Minister for Port and Shipping Nabeel Gabol, Balochistan Provincial Minister for Revenue Mir Asim Kurd Giloo and other officials formally inaugurated Gwadar Port costing $248 million. Chief Minister Balochistan demanded the President and Prime Minister that Gwadar port agreement with the Singapore Port Authority should be thoroughly reviewed and it should be made in accordance with the wishes of people of Balochistan. "Gwadar Port is property of people of Balochistan and their rights should be recognised", he said, but unfortunately people of Gwadar were not allowed to visit the Port. He said that former rulers completely neglected people of Balochistan in past and inked pacts in accordance with their wishes due to which this agreement doesn't reflect the aspirations of people of Balochistan. However, Nawab Aslam Raisani said that incumbent government had made commitments to remove all reservations and grievances of people of Balochistan and would not allow any usurper to further plunder the resources of deprived unit. The Chief Minister said that he was emphasising from early days of his government that all units of federation should be given rights according to the 1940 resolution so that harmony and cohesion could be created among the people of all units. He hailed the efforts of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Nabeel Gabol for making Gwadar Port operational and said that that the day was not far when Gwdar Port would be a milestone in economic development of province and country. Addressing on the occasion, Nabeel Gabol said that Balochistan was subjected to injustices in tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf and Gwadar Port was treated as stepmother. "Control of the port should be given to the Balochistan government to end the sense of deprivation among its people", he added. He assured that all employees working in Gwadar Port on daily wages would be made permanent and labourers would also be hired from local people. Mr Gabol assured the people of Gwadar that their reservations and grievances would be addressed and Balochistan would be developed and it would be brought at par with other provinces. He informed that 11 more ships would arrive Gwadar Port till January 7, which would further speed up business activities in the area. "Commitments made by late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto with the people of Balochistan would be honoured," he added. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Singapore Port Authority Khurrum Abbass said that Singapore Port Authority is running ports in 28 countries and it would honour all commitments made with government of Pakistan. He said that Port Authority would give more jobs to local people besides imparting them training also. He stressed the need for laying network of railway, roads so that business activities could further increase in the area. Ehsan Saeed also addressed on this occasion and highlighted the importance of Gwadar Port. Maqbool Malik from Islamabad adds: Gawdar Port that was developed largely with the Chinese financial and technical help is being managed and operated by the Singapore Port Authority has been made functional on the imitative of PPP-led federal government. The move, according to the sources, was part of the government strategy to bring the restive Balochistan province into the mainstream of country's economy. Recently the government had decided to make the port operational by giving it certain percentage in the national business and consequently the ECC during its last meeting approved import of urea fertilizers and white wheat through the Gwadar port besides export of cement. Moreover, the government is actively considering converting Gwadar into an export processing zone (EPZ) in effort to attract foreign investment. Official sources further said that Gwadar would serve as an energy corridor for Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia and the western part of Asia. Pakistan will be able to have a strategic depth southwest from its naval base in Karachi. The future business hub is surrounded by sea from all sides and provides cheapest trade route to ships. Gwadar is located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, close to the important Straits of Hormuz, through which more than 13 million bpd of oil passes. It is strategically located between three increasingly important regions of the world: the oil-rich Middle East, heavily populated South Asia and the economically emerging and resource-rich Central Asia. Gwadar would be connected with China through the Indus Highway. China, Kazakhistan,Kyrgizstan and Uzbekistan that are developing extensive road and rail links from Central Asia and the Chinese province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea coast. China is going to be the beneficiary of Gwadar's most accessible international trade routes to the Central Asian republics and Xinjiang. By extending its East-West Railway from the Chinese border city of Kashi to Peshawar in Pakistan's northwest, Beijing can receive cargo to and from Gwadar along the shortest route, from Karachi to Peshawar. The rail network could also be used to supply oil from the Persian Gulf to Xinjiang. Pakistan's internal rail network can also provide China with rail access to Iran. Rail access will however be hampered somewhat by differences in gauge: China and Iran - 1435 mm; Pakistan - 1676 mm; Central Asia - 1524 mm. The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has earmarked 3000 acres (12 km) of land for Gwadar International Airport that was being built 26 km away from the northeast of the existing airport towards Pasni and is likely to cost between $200-250 million. Historically, Gwadar enclave was transferred to Pakistan. It was then made part of the Balochistan province. The region remained on the sidelines of history for a millennium, until the Arab-Muslim army of Muhammad Bin Qasim captured the town of Gwadar in 711 CE and over the intervening (and nearly equivalent) amount of time the area was contested by various powers, including the Mughals (from the east) and the Safavids (from the west). The Portuguese captured, sacked and burnt Gwadar in 1581 and this was then followed by almost two centuries of local rule by the various Balochi tribes. The city was visited by Ottoman Admiral Sidi Ali Reis in 1550s and mentioned in his book Mirat ul Memalik (The Mirror of Countries), 1557 CE [6]. According to Sidi Ali Reis, the inhabitants of Gwadar were Baloch and their chief was Malik Jelaleddin, son of Malik Dinar. In 1783, the Khan of Kalat granted suzerainty over Gwadar to Taimur Sultan,the defeated ruler of Muscat. When the Sultan subsequently retook Muscat, he was to continue his rule in Gwadar by appointing a Wali (or "governor"). This Wali was then ordered to subjugate the nearby coastal town of Chah Bahar (in modern-day Iran). The Gwadari fort was built during Omani rule, whilst telegraph lines were later extended into the town courtesy the British rulers.