Punjab Assembly attempts to embrace protesters’ demands in Gwadar. The Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution urging the federal government to immediately meet the aspirations of the people of Gwadar.
On Thursday, PML-N MPA Samiullah Khan introduced the resolution in the PA. It stated that this House asked of the federal government that it listen to the grievances of the Gwadar residents who have been protesting for several days and resolve their concerns on a priority basis.
The resolution expressed concern that the demonstrators included a sizable number of women and children and that they had come to the streets to seek their legitimate rights. Gwadar was critical to the country’s development and ignoring its citizens would be irresponsible on the part of the government, it stated, adding that the federal government must move swiftly to repair the law and order situation after resolving the demonstrators’ grievances.
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Since Monday, a huge number of women and their children have taken to the streets of the port city in sympathy with the struggle for the rights of the people of Gwadar and other Makran communities. The demonstrators, who included women from Turbat, Ormara, Jewani, and Pasni, held a sit-in in Gwadar city. The protesters claim that the residents of Gwadar have been duped by the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), as they have reaped no benefits.
Additionally, fishermen have been deprived of their livelihoods, border trade has been prohibited. Similarly, they claimed that the drug mafia was operating the narcotics and liquor businesses with the connivance of the local administration, resulting in the youth becoming drug addicts and the province government taking no action to close liquor stores or combat the drug trade.
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