Dr. Aneel Salman and Amjad Ali |
“Whoever rules the waves, rules the world” – Alfred Thayer Mahan (The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1890)
Pakistan’s location at the crossroads of civilizations gives it a geostrategic position that has allowed it to play an important role as a global player. Pakistan is blessed with 2,90,058 square kilometers of seawaters and a 1047 kilometers long coast.
Annually, about 36,000 ships sail through its waters, about 40 percent of the total global ship that sails between industrialized Europe, Hydrocarbon Rich Middle East and the Energy Transporting Asia- Pacific Region pass by. This makes Pakistani waters and coastline in general and Port of Gwadar in particular, the most viable route of the…