Pak closes wine shops in Gwadar, Balochistan amid protests against CPEC

Pakistani authorities have ordered the closure of all wine shops in Balochistan’s Gwadar district with immediate effect due to the “law and order situation”, local media reported on Saturday. Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Minister of Planning and Development of Balochistan, shared a notification on Twitter.

“The undersigned is pleased to close all wine shops in Gwadar with immediate effect until further notice due to the public order situation in Gwadar,” the notification reads. It comes as protests have escalated in Pakistan’s Gwadar district over China’s multibillion-dollar belt and road project, with people fearing their livelihoods will be threatened by illegal fishing.

The move to close wine shops follows an agreement between protesters and the government to postpone the planned protest sit-in and blockade of the coastal highway and Eastbay highway after talks with a team of ministers provincial. Dozens of people staged a sit-in protest against various issues, including unnecessary checkpoints and fishing trawlers in Balochistan province. Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, Provincial Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan is spearheading several protests in the region against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Thousands of people from Gwadar and other areas participated in the sit-in for more than a week, the Dawn newspaper reported. Protesters demand the removal of additional checkpoints in Pushkan, Sarbandan and Gwadar City, the complete removal of fishing trawlers and the opening of the Pakistan-Iran border. The CPEC has been marred by controversy since the announcement of the $ 46 billion plans in 2015. Residents oppose China’s growing involvement in Balochistan. They are protesting because the CPEC project has not benefited the people of Balochistan while the inhabitants of other provinces are enjoying the fruits of the megaproject.

This has led to widespread protests as the Chinese are seen as invaders who are crowding out all wealth in the region. This is the second such mass protest in the port city in the space of a few weeks, according to Dawn. In October, thousands of residents of Gwadar and Turbat also gathered there to demonstrate against the unavailability of drinking water, health and education facilities, and rising unemployment in the division of Makran, the Dawn newspaper reported. (ANI)

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