Tens of thousands of protesters, including women and children, blocked an expressway leading to Gwadar port on Sunday after what they said was the government’s failure to meet a Nov 20 deadline to implement their demands.
The rally participants — fishermen, students and labourers led by Gwadar Haq Do Tehreek’s leader Maulana Hidayatur Rehman — marched towards Gwadar port and raised slogans against the government.
What’s new? Pakistani leaders say the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), launched in 2015, is a “game changer” for the country’s ailing economy. But opaque plans for the corridor, the upheaval likely to affect locals along its route, and profits flowing mostly to outsiders could stir unrest. The government has repressed CPEC critics.
Why does it matter? CPEC could help revive Pakistan’s economy. But if it moves ahead without more thorough debate in parliament and provincial legislatures and consultation with locals, it will deepen friction between the federal centre and periphery, roil provinces already long neglected, widen social divides and potentially create new sources of conflict.
بلوچستان میں اس وقت اليکشن لڑنے والي وفاق کي حامی قوم پرست اور قومی جماعتوں اور آزادی کي علمبردار مسلح جدوجہد کرنے والي تنظیموں کے درمیان ايک جنگ سي جاری ہے۔ اس کشمکش میں عام آدمی جائے تو کہاں جائے۔ وسعت اللہ خان مکران کے انتخابی سفر میں اسی سوال کا جواب ڈھونڈنے کی کوشش کر ہے ہیں۔ تو پھر چلیں
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The representative of Baloch Student Organization – Azad in his statement has said, “The Pakistani forces have violated the sanctity of houses in death of night yesterday in Gwadar. The occupying forces arrested number of Baloch and shifted them to undisclosed location, which portrays the ugly and brutal image of the occupation. The parasitic Army of Pakistan, which thrives on foreign aid, is using all its might on unarmed innocent Baloch.”
The representative further said that history is evident that the brutalities inflicted by occupiers could never stop the struggles and movements for emancipation. No matter how much the cruelties are escalated the Baloch nation has sternly decided to liberate itself from the yoke of slavery. This struggle will be decisive in the form of enemy’s pitiful downfall.