ASGHAR AZIZ SANJARANI is
the founder president of Gwadar Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Sanjarani has gone through the mill by experiencing the harsh realities
of life before reaching to this outstanding position in his career.
Before entering the practical life, he carries an impressive career in
the student politics. He has been the President and General Secretary of
the Balochistan Students Organization (BSO) in Panjgore.
He started his career as the soldier by joining Maskat Army in 1972. He
got his retirement in 1989. He returned to his homeland and started his
own business in the petroleum sector and supplies from Panjgore in
Balochistan. Currently, he is actively engaged to address the teething
problems faced by the Chamber of Commerce at the International Port City
the government in collaboration with Chinese and other international
donor agencies endeavoring to develop Gwadar Port, the second port city
of Pakistan. Being the founder president of the first chamber of
commerce at Gwadar how do you see the future of that newly developed
fact, the development of Gwadar as a port city is a pleasant surprise
not only for myself but the entire population of the Mekran coast.
Because there were unending talks and proposals and speeches about the
development of Balochistan by the previous governments in the past right
from the inception of this country. However, no government took
initiative or went into practical steps except release of statements for
public consumption alone. This is for the first time that practical
steps have been taken by the present government for the development of
the port in the real sense. It is expected that the development of this
port city is destining to a glorious future not only for the people of
that poverty-ridden part of the country but the entire country in
There is an adverse impression about Balochistan that powerful tribal
Sardars are the real irritants in the way of social and economic
development. Otherwise the people of the province would prosperous due
to plenty of natural resources. Do you think that tribal society would
support development of the Gwadar Port?
impression about active tribal politics in Balochistan is correct to
some extent, however, as far as the area of Mekran coast or Gwadar was
concerned, the native people of this part of the country are patriot and
do not follow tribal politics. Hence, Mekran coastal area and population
is out of the influence of the tribal politics. People in that part of
the country are happy with the development of the port and are attaching
great hope for their social and economic prosperity with the growth of
the port and the city in Gwadar.
In order to achieve this cherished goal, the
authorities would have to take extra care to put an effective check
against the people of vested interests who always sitting on their toes
to grab the opportunities for their personal gains. It is highly
important for the uninterrupted growth of Gwadar that justice should
prevail and the rights of the deserving elements especially of the local
population should be protected in the national interest.
Is there any doubt in your mind that the rights of the deserving people
of the area may not be looked after or being neglected?
not because the moral and social support of the local population plays
the fundamental role in the success of any mega project. However, it is
really painful that while the project was still in the initial stages,
the real representatives of the future Special Economic Zone (SEZ) i.e.
Gwadar are being neglected either inadvertently or intentionally.
For example, a highly representatively delegation led
by Federal Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Shaukat Aziz visited
Gwadar to witness the development process. The delegation comprised of
the Chief Minister Balochistan, Federal Minister for Industries and
representatives of the business community including President of
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). It is
highly painful to see that the people who really devoted their time and
energy to convert the dream of Gwadar port into a reality were ignored.
Although I am the first official President of Gwadar Chamber of Commerce
& Industry yet they did not bother to invite me to be present on
that occasion. People like Sheikh Javaid, Chairman Export Processing and
Free Zones Committee of the FPCCI and the Chief of the Investors Council
at Karachi Export Processing Zone were also ignored. Sheikh Javaid
carries special knowledge and experience about development of the Zones
and his services have also been acknowledged by the World Free Zone
Convention (WFZC). Such people are the assets of the country and the
capability they posses need to be utilized in our own interests.