Leaders are touting development of Pakistan's first deep-sea port at Gwadar as a potentially potent engine for trade and other economic growth in the region, reported UPI.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz spoke at a ceremony marking the start-up of the nation's first desalination plant financed entirely from private sources. He added the new deep-water port will eventually be linked to Iran, the Pakistan Dawn newspaper reported.
Aziz acknowledged that some of his countrymen are concerned that the port expansion project
, which is to start next month, will draw people from other countries, changing Gwadar's demographics.
Pakistan began technical and financial studies for the Gwadar port in 1993.