Gwadar is a place that has seen quite a bit of controversy throughout the years, not least in modern times. The port city was inhabited even in ancient times, which only means that it has seen a great many of the changes in ruling powers for the region. It saw the rule of Alexander the Great and his generals after him, was once looted by the Portuguese, was taken over by the tribes of Baluchistan, was governed by the Omani, and was purchased by Pakistan in the 1950’s. Despite that, no great and towering monuments have been left behind by these various powers in its history: Gwadar has been, for most of its life, a coastal fishing village, and it is only in recent years that it actually began to see development prompted by state authorities.
Pakistan, working with China, began heavy development of Gwadar in the 20th century, finally putting plans in motion in the early [Read more…]