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Nehru and Gwadar Port

Nehru rejected gift of Gwadar port to India by Oman

According to Gurmeet Kanwal, former director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi, citing the diplomatic community grapevine, revealed that Gwadar was administered by India on behalf of the Sultan of Oman as the two countries enjoyed excellent relations.

When the Khan of Kalat then asked the Sultan to return Gwadar to Pakistan, reportedly, the Sultan first offered it to India, but India declined to accept the gift.

“This offer was probably made verbally. While senior diplomats confirm that such an offer was made, its authenticity could not be verified independently, wrote Kanwal in an article for Daily O. “Oman then sold Gwadar to Pakistan for $3 million on September 8, 1958. Since December 1958, it has been an integral part of the Balochistan province of Pakistan.”