Monday, September 26, 2011

Pakistan - Land of opportunity (Location)

In the U.S., there are three rules of buying any property for commercial or residential purposes. Those three rules are location, location, location. I consider Pakistan as one of the premiere piece of land in the world. Starting from the north, we have one of the biggest economy and the populated country in the world, China. In the east, we have yet another bigger economy and populated country, India. In south west, we have Iran, which is one of the highly energy rich country, and in west we have Afghanistan. Russia is only 80 km away in north west. And in south, we have Arabian Sea.
Today, world's population is close to six and a half billion people. Almost one third of that population lives within Pakistan and the border countries. This is a unique distinction for Pakistan and its people. If we start from the north, we have second highest peak in the world, K-2. And going down south, we end up in Karachi and Gwadar ports. Gwadar port provides alternative to Karachi port and reduces some of the shipping load. Gwadar port provides shortest sea routes for imports and exports for big industrialized countries like China and Russia.
With Iran in south west, Pakistan has been able to import electricity for to meet its growing demand on the Iran-Pakistan border. As Pakistan is facing gas shortages, it has been in negotiations with Iran to build a gas pipeline to meet its growing gas demands. Same goes for the electricity. There are a few huge power projects planned with Iran for power imports as well.
Being a land locked country, Afghanistan needs a good trading partner. Pakistan has always been able to provide its access roads for trade to Afghanistan. Even when India wanted to send trade items to Afghanistan, they were shipped through Pakistan.
All in all, Pakistan has been gifted with being placed in one of the best locations in the world. Just because of its location, Pakistan has played an important role in the international politics. Many of our leaders have been able to take advantage of this leverage as well.

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