ISLAMABAD - Ruling coalition partners, the PPP and the MQM, are at loggerheads about the status of country's deep sea Gwadar Port, TheNation has reliably learnt on Thursday. According to the informed sources, a tug-of-war has started between the Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping Senator Babar Khan Ghouri of MQM and Minister of State for Ports & Shipping Sardar Nabeel Ahmed Gabol of PPP about the administrative control of Gwadar Port. Sources said that Gabol had launched efforts seeking to give Gwadar Port's administrative control to Balochistan province, while Ghouri had opposed the move on the pretext that ports and shipping was a federal subject and so there was no need to hand over Gwadar Port's administrative control to the province. Sources privy to these developments told that Gabol had already talked to President Asif Zardari about his proposal as part of PPP's strategy to appease Balochistan's nationalists who were against Gwadar Port Project. Sources further told that other PPP legislators from Balochistan were backing Gabol's efforts. Whereas Ghouri, sources revealed, was not inclined to give his nod to Gabol's proposal, as the move would have direct bearing on the long-term concession given to the Singapore Port Authority by the previous regime regarding the management and operating of the port. Gwadar Port with existing three berths is operational and a number of ships are calling at the port to load/offload tradable goods. The sources also hinted that the PPP lobby was trying to persuade government to cancel the concession awarded to the Singapore Port Authority that planned to invest more than five hundred million dollars soon as per the concession award. Gwadar Port was launched in 2002 with the help of China which had provided major chuck of funds to Pakistan to complete the first phase, while the harbour awaits government's nod on the multi million dollars second development phase that envisages development of nine more berths.