Protests in Pakistan: Large-scale protests have started in Pakistan due to unnecessary outposts, severe shortage of water and electricity due to the Gwadar Port in the Pakistani city of Gwadar. The concern of the protesting citizens is the threat to their livelihood from illegal fishing. Local citizens are protesting against China’s multi-billion dollar Belt and Road project. Protests organized by activists of some political parties, civil rights activists, fishermen and concerned citizens have been going on for a week at Wai Chowk on Port Road in the coastal city of Gwadar in Pakistan’s restive southwest Balochistan province. These people have been gathering here for the past one week.
‘Give Rights to Gwadar’ Chief Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman said, “Despite the construction of a port in Gwadar, people are unemployed, we are humiliated every time in the name of investigation by stopping at security check points besides electricity, water.” The protesters have demanded removal of unnecessary security posts, providing drinking water and electricity, removal of large mechanical fishing boats from the Makran coast and the opening of the Iran border from Panjgur to Gwadar, it said. Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman said that till the demands are not accepted, the protest will continue. He told that the government is not honest in solving the problems of the people of this area.
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