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THE AUXILIARY BENEFITS OF CPEC

INTRODUCTION On the face of it the CPEC seems to be a project with three pillars: connectivity, energy and industrial collaboration. However one must delve deeper into the folds of this mammoth investment to realize the auxiliary benefits that the Corridor will bring not only to Pakistan but also to countries such as Iran and … Read more

CENTRAL ASIAN STATES & CPEC

INDUCTION It was in late 2013 at the local Nazarbayev University in the Kazakh capital of Astana that Chinese President Xi Jinping touched upon the Chinese desire to set up the ‘New Silk Road’. The desire expressed in that policy speech in 2013 culminated in the grandiose infrastructure and connectivity project that the world now … Read more

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE CPEC

WHAT IS CPEC? With mammoth Chinese investment coming into Pakistan there is much confusion surrounding what the CPEC actually is. The Ministry for Planning, Development and Reform has made some conscientious efforts in this regard but it seems as if the general populace is still largely negligent of the actual facets of the Corridor. This … Read more

GWADAR: A RICH HISTORY

EARLY HISTORY

Meaning “Door of Wind” in Balochi Gwadar has had a long and illustrious history with a wide cultural variety of inhabitants. The region has also had a mélange of resultant influences. The earliest mention of the Gwadar region in history books is Greek historian Herodotus’ histories when Alexander’s armies came to Makran. Following that it has been documented that Hazrat Umar travelled to Makran to preach Islam to the natives. Also well documented in history are the Portuguese attempts to invade the coastal areas of Balochistan which were successfully fended off for quite some time but eventually the Baloch defense capitulated.

In the 18th century Mir Noori Naseer Khan, the Khan of Kalat annexed Gwadar and included it in the Khanate of Kalat. In 1783 Said bin Ahmad was elected Imam of Oman and was eventually forced to flee the country. One of his brothers, Saif Sultan, sailed to Gwadar where the Khan granted him protection and gave him the land with the understanding that it will be returned once Sultan became Imam. However, after capturing the throne in 1797, Sultan did not return Gwadar to Kalat. The resultant dispute caused the British to intervene and declare Sultan the sovereign of Gwadar.


Gwadar, Balochistan

RECENT HISTORY

Meaning “Door of Wind” in Balochi Gwadar has had a long and illustrious history with a wide cultural variety of inhabitants. The region has also had a mélange of resultant influences. The earliest mention of the Gwadar region in history books is Greek historian Herodotus’ histories when Alexander’s armies came to Makran. Following that it has been documented that Hazrat Umar travelled to Makran to preach Islam to the natives. Also well documented in history are the Portuguese attempts to invade the coastal areas of Balochistan which were successfully fended off for quite some time but eventually the Baloch defense capitulated.

In the 18th century Mir Noori Naseer Khan, the Khan of Kalat annexed Gwadar and included it in the Khanate of Kalat. In 1783 Said bin Ahmad was elected Imam of Oman and was eventually forced to flee the country. One of his brothers, Saif Sultan, sailed to Gwadar where the Khan granted him protection and gave him the land with the understanding that it will be returned once Sultan became Imam. However, after capturing the throne in 1797, Sultan did not return Gwadar to Kalat. The resultant dispute caused the British to intervene and declare Sultan the sovereign of Gwadar.

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