Balochistan: Gwadar district of Balochistan keeps remaining on the boil as the Haq Do Tehreek movement entered its second month on December 25, Asian Lite reported. Protesters have been carrying out sit-ins at the Gwadar East Bay Expressway, the road leading to Gwadar seaport, and the under-construction Gwadar International Airport.
Haq Do Tehreek Movement continued the protest after the negotiations between the Balochistan government and protest leaders on December 24 failed to achieve a breakthrough. The movement’s head Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman Baloch claimed the government officials who participated in the meeting had no authority to implement their demands, as per the Asian Lite report.
Tensions continue in Gwadar, including road blockades, which hamper the movement of Chinese engineers and local laborers working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the region. The situation remained tense in Gwadar on Wednesday as the port city witnessed a shutter-down strike and clashes following protests by the Gwadar Rights Movement (GRM) over the non-acceptance of their demands, including an end to “illegal fishing” in the region, The Express Tribune reported.
After the clashes with the protesters, police arrested eight people. Mobile networks and internet services remained suspended for the third day in Gwadar, Pasni, and Ormara. Protesters carried out a sit-in outside the Pasni Press Club and blocked the main highway for traffic.
Police personnel was deployed till Zero Point, six kilometres from Ormara city. The protesters have been calling for a reduction in the number of checkpoints, easier border trade, and a total end to deepsea fish trawling in the sea near Gwadar, according to The Express Tribune.
The GRM in a statement said that the provincial government was responsible for the worst state atrocities in Gwadar. A GRM activist has said that the internet and electricity have been shut down for three days in Gwadar to suppress the poor people, as per The Express Tribune news report. Meanwhile, Balochistan government spokesperson Farah Azeem Shah has said the law-and-order situation in Gwadar was under control as effective measures have been taken.
“So far, hundreds of activists and leaders of GRM have been arrested while several children, women, and the elderly people have been injured,” The Express Tribune quoted a Gwadar Rights Movement activist as saying.
“Internet and electricity have been shut down for three days in the port city to suppress the poor people,” he added.