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14 Nov 2022

Behram Baloch, DAWN (Pakistan)

Pakistan: Gwadar protesters threaten to block projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

"Gwadar protesters threaten to block CPEC projects" 14 November 2022

Hundreds of children took out a protest rally in the port city of Gwadar and joined the Maulana Hidayatur Rehman-led sit-in that entered its 18th day on Sunday, with protesters threatening to block China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) if their demands are not met within a week.

Maulana Rehman, the head of Haq Do Tehreek who came to national attention when massive peaceful protests swept Gwadar, has once again staged a sit-in for the implementation of the agreement reached with the provincial government in December last year after a month-long sit-in. [...]

Addressing the rally, Maulana Rehman, who is also general secretary of Jamaat-i-Islami’s Balochistan chapter, strongly criticised the government and said the people of Makran had been protesting for the last two weeks, but no government official came for negotiations, which reflected the non-serious attitude of rulers.

He warned that if citizens’ demands were not accepted and the agreement with the Haq Do Tehreek was not honoured until Nov 20, the expressway, Gwadar port and CPEC projects would be closed. [...]