As the fireworks lit up the port-city of Gwadar for its 60th year celebration of being a part of Pakistan, its citizens seem lost somewhere between the brightness of promises of future development and darkness of their unresolved issues.
Gwadar, with its deep-sea port and the ambitious project China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) is all set to emerge as one of Asia’s largest economic hubs by 2030. Before ending up with its current status, this hammer-head shaped peninsula has gone through various processes.
From 15th century Portuguese occupation to nearly 200 years of being an Omani enclave, this harbor village of fishermen communities, was long recognized for its strategic location. Today, with an annual growth rate of nearly 3%, it is one of the fastest growing districts of Pakistan but what exactly has the port and CPEC brought for this growing population?