Business centers and shops in Gwadar and several other places in Balochistan remained closed in protest against “illegal fishing” – particularly by Chinese trawlers – and “unnecessary checkpoints” by Pakistani security forces Image Courtesy AFP
Islamabad: Cellular services and mobile networks remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar.
According to a report by the Express Tribune newspaper, commercial centers and shops in Gwadar and several other places in Balochistan remained closed in protest against “illegal fishing” – especially by Chinese trawlers – and “unnecessary checkpoints” by the Pakistani security forces.
Security has been tightened in and around Gwadar. Police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the city. According to Pakistan’s newspaper, the Balochistan government imposed section 144 to curb the display of weapons and pylon riding in Gwadar to maintain law and order.
In Gwadar, the Balochistan government severely punished the protesters. An emergency law prohibiting the gathering of five or more people was also implemented. About 100 people were arrested.
The Dawn newspaper reported that the arrests came a day after Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was invoked in Gwadar.
“All types of rallies, protests, dharnas and gatherings of five or more people remain prohibited in Gwadar,” the Balochistan Interior Department said in a statement. Despite the imposition of Section 144, activists and supporters of Maulana Rehman-led Haq Do Tehreek (HDT) continued their protest. He demanded the release of all people and workers associated with the movement.
Tension continued in Pakistan’s port city after clashes with supporters of the HDT. This month, a protest against illegal fishing turned violent in Gwadar after a number of people were arrested. This was followed by clashes between the local people and the security forces.
The protesters blocked the main road connecting the port city with other districts of Makran division. Dawn quoted sources as saying that the provincial government has contacted Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch. It is expected that this will help normalize the situation and resolve the issues that have caused a dispute between the government and the HDT.
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