Chinese trucks in hundreds arrived today with goods at the Sost Dry Port in Gilgit-Baltistan. This is the first Chinese Shipment part of the multi-billion-dollar project between the two countries.
The shipment more than 2 weeks to arrive after the first Chinese ship docked at Gwadar port which is the center of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The length of the corridor is 3,000 Km long consisting of several highways, pipelines and railways that will connect Pakistan with China’s Xinjiang province and the rest of the world.
The first consignment consisted of nearly 150-300 trucks which were received by the chief minister, Hafeezur Rehman of G-B alongside the commander of the Force Command Northern Areas, Major General Saqib Mehmood.
A ceremony was held where both the officials were present. It took place at the Sost Dry Port which was recently handed over to National Logistics Cell (NLC) for 20 years.
This is going to be the fate changer for our country,we will thwart conspiracies being hatched against CPEC, – said Rehman
Another senior government official present at the ceremony said that the containers that arrived will be escorted to Gwader in very small conveys. He said:
The first convoy left Gilgit today [Monday] for its destination, personnel of army, police and special CPEC force are providing foolproof security to the convoy,some of the Chinese shipping containers were unloaded at Sost dry port where the goods were reloaded on to Pakistani containers for onward journey to Gawadar.
People celebrated this occasion by chanting Pakistan and China slogans
When the convey drove through the Danyor town in Gilgit through the Karakoram highway, tons of residents of the area lined together around the road and started waving hands and chants towards the trucks. The trucks also carried the banners having pictures of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Li Keqiang of China.
One resident chanted ‘Wish you best of luck’, while another said ‘Long-Live Pak-China friendship’.