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12 Dec 2021


Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan promises strong action against illegal fishing by trawlers off Gwadar coast

"Gwadar Protests: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Promises 'Strong Action' Against Illegal Fishing", 12 December 2021

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that he will take "strong action" against illegal fishing by trawlers off the Gwadar coast, after weeks-long sit-in and protest by local residents rattled the government and forced authorities to deploy thousands of additional police officers in the region.

Hundreds of local residents, civil society activists, lawyers, journalists including women have been holding massive protests and a sit-in Gwadar for the last 28 days against unnecessary checkpoints, a severe shortage of water and electricity and threats to livelihoods from illegal fishing.

“I have taken notice of the very legitimate demands of the hardworking fishermen of Gwadar. Will be taking strong action against illegal fishing by trawlers & will also speak to CM Balochistan,” Khan tweeted.

Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, Balochistan gen­­eral secretary of Jamaat-i-Islami party, who has led the protests, welcomed the premier's tweet. [...]