Thousands of people participate in the Gwadar sit-in. Thousands of protesters staged a sit-in in the port city on Tuesday following the expiration of the deadline set by organizers of the “Gwadar Ko Haq Do” campaign to accept their demands.
Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman Baloch, secretary-general of Jamaat-i-Baluchistan Islami’s chapter, led the protest. The demonstrators carried banners and placards conveying their requests.
Maulana Baloch, speaking on occasion, stated that they had set a deadline to fulfil their demands on the rights of the Gwadar people.
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“We want our legitimate rights to be upheld by the Constitution,” he stated. “As Pakistanis, we want the government to ensure that the residents of Gwadar and the rest of Makran have access to essential services.”
“While we have no objection to any institution, we will not allow insults to our moms and sisters. We are opposed to those who forbid our youth from going to the playground,” Maulana Baloch stated.
He claimed that illicit fishing continued to thrive despite protests, and enormous fishing trawlers could be seen cruising the coast from Ormara to Gwadar. Illegal fishing, he warned, was killing marine life and depriving local fishers of their livelihood.
He also lamented the failure of the fisheries department, the Coast Guards, the Maritime Security Agency, and other interested organizations to end illegal fishing.
Maulana Baloch also noted insufficient health facilities, a lack of drinkable water, and a shortage of jobs for educated youth as important issues confronting the Gwadar community.
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