QATAR EX­PLORES PAK OP­TION TO COUNTER BLOCK­ADE

As Qatar seeks to es­tab­lish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea em­bargo im­posed on it by its Arab neigh­bours, a Qatari ship­ping com­pany is set to launch ‘the fastest di­rect ser­vice be­tween Doha and the Pak­istani port city of Karachi'.

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Mi­laha (Qatar Nav­i­ga­tion) is over­see­ing the ven­ture. Its pres­i­dent and CEO, Ab­dul­rah­man Essa Al Man­nai, said: “We have been vig­or­ously ramp­ing up our op­er­a­tions be­tween Qatar and key Asian markets in re­sponse to grow­ing de­mand from traders, im­porters and ex­porters on both sides.” Be­fore the Gulf cri­sis took ef­fect, most of Doha's ship­ments to and from Pak­istan docked at Dubai's Jebel Ali port – a re­gional hub. How­ever, with the Emi­rati port now out of bounds as a trans-ship­ment cen­tre, Qatari com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly ex­plor­ing al­ter­na­tive links to pen­e­trate the Asian mar­ket.

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