Gwadar protest

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MEER ASHHAD
Gwadar is the property of Pakistan’s impoverished province Balochistan, a sparsely mountainous, desert region bordering Afghanistan and Iran. China is involved in the development of the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea as part of a $60 billion CPEC, which is itself part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project. A massive protest which has been erupted in Balochistan’s Gwadar district amid continued backlash against CPEC. It was initiated by the residents of Gwadar and led by Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, the Provincial General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan. Hundreds of people have fixed their seats in protest against these various issues which they have faced because of injudicious decisions, unnecessary check posts and illegal fishing trawlers in the port area. According to Dawn, This is the second such a mass protest in the port city within a few weeks. In October, thousands of residents of Gwadar and Turbat had also united there to demonstrate against the paralyzed judicature. However, locals of the port city have far complained that encroachers and their investment in the area has done little to improve their lives. Because of non-availability of basic facilities (drinking water, health, education facilities and rising unemployment in the land). Thousands of women have poured into streets of Gwadar and struggling for removal of the disease of individualism. Because of continuous injustices in every aspects they had to come on the streets of the land as a soldieries for spreading out this movement to demonstrate the injusticed establishments. A protestor Sughra Wadela, 19, told Arab News. “Previously we used to earn enough money through the fishing industry as men in Gwadar only have fishing as a source of living, but illegal trawling has ruined the business which has been the profession of our ancestors for many decades.