BASIMA: Maulana Hidayatur Rehman Baloch, secretary general of the Balochistan branch of Jamaat-i-Islami, criticized the closure of the Pak-Iran border and urged the authorities to reopen the border for business activities.
He announced that he would assemble 100,000 people to force the authorities to reopen the border in order to allow hundreds of thousands of people to earn a living.
He was addressing a public meeting in Basima town, Washuk district, attended by workers from different political parties.
The head of the JI said that Balochistan was facing “martial law despite a civilian government”. He said the masses were facing a “financial assassination” in the province where drugs could be transported freely, but where no one was allowed to bring food from towns bordering Iran.
âWe have been imprisoned between fences in our own homeland where we are treated like strangers,â said Maulana Baloch. âOur sea has also become for us a no-go zone where illegal trawling has been going on for a long time. “
He alleged that provincial ministers were fighting for their personal interests amid protests against “killings by security forces” in Hoshab and other parts of Balochistan.
Urging the masses to stand up against injustices, Maulana Baloch said an environment of fear and panic had been created in Balochistan to suppress voices demanding rights for the masses.
Posted in Dawn, le 21 October 2021