Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar (Urdu: جزیرہ ہفت تلار) or 'Island of the Seven Hills', is a medium-sized, uninhab...
Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar (Urdu: جزیرہ ہفت تلار) or 'Island of the Seven Hills', is a medium-sized, uninhabited island in the Arabian Sea in Pakistan's territorial waters, some 25 km south of Pakistan's nearest coastline and 39 km southeast of the Pakistani fishing port of Pasni. Astola is Pakistan's largest offshore island and the only significant offshore island in the northern Arabian Sea. The area is about 6.7 km2 (0 sq mi). Administratively, the island is part of the Pasni subdistrict of Gwadar District in Balochistan province. History The island of Astola finds its first known mention in Arrian's account of Alexander's Admiral Nearchos, who was dispatched to explore the coast of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Azadi and the Persian Gulf in 325 BCE. According to Dr. AV Williams Jackson, "The seamen on board the ships of Nearchos, being superstitious, like the sailors of all ages and countries, were much frightened at the weird tales told about an uninhabited island, which Arrian calls Nosala, and is now known as Astola or Astalu. It lies nearly midway between Urmera and Pasni headlands, and is to this day as much an object of dread to the Med fisherman as it was long ago to the Greek sailors. Astola Island lies in the northern tip of the Arabian Sea, approximately 25 km south of Pakistan's Makran Coastline and approximately 39 km southeast of the Pakistani fishing port of Pasni. It is also the northernmost island of the Arabian Sea. Its geographical ... Less
www.mqm.org http GEO AAJ Kamran Khan kay Sath: Progress on Gwadar Port Project details with Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping MQM Sena...
www.mqm.org http GEO AAJ Kamran Khan kay Sath: Progress on Gwadar Port Project details with Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping MQM Senator Babar Khan Ghauri. The Port Singapore Authority (PSA) has decided to leave Gwadar Port due to non-handing over of allocated land required by the Authority for making the port fully operational, according to Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri. "The denial of land at Gwadar Port forced PSA to leave the port, which will be taken over by a Chinese company," the Federal Minister informed the Senate Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping that met with Sardar Fateh Mohammad Hassani in the chair here on Tuesday. It was agreed in the MoU signed with PSA that the government would provide the required land to make the Gwadar Port fully operational, which was in the possession of Pakistan Navy and Coastal Guard. However, that commitment did not materialise, which led PSA to leave the port, said Ghauri, adding that the government had issued an NoC to PSA in this regard, which was going to sell its shares to a Chinese company. Less
Pakistan Navy is distributing fresh drinking water among residents of Gwadar in coordination and consultation with local district administra...
Pakistan Navy is distributing fresh drinking water among residents of Gwadar in coordination and consultation with local district administration. VIDEO COURTESY::SAAMA TV Less
Europe, Oct 01: China’s growing ties with Pakistan are creating problems for the people of Balochistan. Both China and Pakistan are looki...
Europe, Oct 01: China’s growing ties with Pakistan are creating problems for the people of Balochistan. Both China and Pakistan are looking at their own economic and national security interests while keeping Balochistan on the edge of a sword. China has provided financial assistance of 220 million USD to build a deep-sea port at Gwadar in Balochistan. Now, China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd (CHEC), a state owned company, will take over the Gwadar Port from Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) to convert it into an oil pipeline hub to augment its energy supplies from the Gulf. China will invest a further 10 billion USD to develop the port and manage its operations. Less
It's a port at the meeting point of the Arabian coast and the Persian Gulf. Pakistan's Gwadar port is a strategic location for trade. And in...
It's a port at the meeting point of the Arabian coast and the Persian Gulf. Pakistan's Gwadar port is a strategic location for trade. And in a move that has raised serious concerns for India -- the operations at Gwadar port have now been taken over by China. While China claims this is just a friendly move to help Pakistan, many believe that this latest development could be a sign of China and Pakistan trying to build naval bases to the east of the Indian Peninsula. Less
Gwadar check post Attack-27 Jul 2013
http://www.mqm.org http://www.allaboutmqm.org The founder and Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned th...
http://www.mqm.org http://www.allaboutmqm.org The founder and Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on check post of Coast Guards in Kan Kahai Gwadar. Mr Hussain has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the killing and wounding of many officials as a result of this terrorist attack. In a statement Mr Hussain has demanded the federal government that due to the wave of terrorism across the country the incumbent situation demand the need that there should be no further delay in convening “All Parties Conference “comprising of all the religious and political parties of the country, where judges of the superior courts, heads of the armed forces including COAS should be invited as observers to formulate concrete and a one point strategy to curb terrorism from the country. Less
Special Status for Gwadar-23 Aug 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed optimism on the possibility of transforming Gwadar in Balochistan into a successful free port on the s...
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed optimism on the possibility of transforming Gwadar in Balochistan into a successful free port on the same lines as Hong Kong to attract foreign investment and boost national economy. He was chairing a meeting at the prime minister's office to discuss the Kashgar to Gwadar economic corridor that would open up new areas for economic activity and generate employment. Sharif also approved in principal upgradation of the existing railway track system between Karachi and Peshawar at a cost of US 2.7 billion dollars the two-year project would modernise signaling, communications, locomotives and enable the trains to run at a speed of 120 km per hour. This would also shorten the time needed to travel between Karachi to Lahore from 18 to 12 hours and between Karachi to Peshawar from 27 to 17 hours. Less
Earthquake aftermath exclusive footage: According to the USGS, the epicentre was 23 kilometres below the ground in Awaran district. It was s...
Earthquake aftermath exclusive footage: According to the USGS, the epicentre was 23 kilometres below the ground in Awaran district. It was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island off Gwadar coast in the Arabian Sea. Express News was the first media organization in Pakistan to reach the affected areas in Balochistan. Less
Gwadar Port is located at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, approximately 460 km (290 mi) west of Karachi, 7...
Gwadar Port is located at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, approximately 460 km (290 mi) west of Karachi, 75 km (47 mi) east of Pakistan's border with Iran and 380 km (240 mi) km northeast of the nearest point in Oman across the Arabian Sea. It is situated on the eastern bay of a natural hammerhead-shaped Peninsula protruding into the Arabian Sea from the coastline. Gwadar Port is situated near the strategic Strait of Hormuz and its busy trading and oil shipping lanes. The surrounding region is home to around two-thirds of the world's oil reserves. It is also the nearest warm-water seaport to the landlocked, but energy rich, Central Asian Republics and landlocked Afghanistan. Less
GDA (Gwadar Development Authority) master plan - information video
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