Baloch Leader Calls for Protest Against Gwadar Fencing Project

Baloch leader Mahrang Baloch calls for a halt to the Gwadar fencing project, claiming it's a strategy to force locals out and hand the land to China. A protest rally is planned for Sunday in Gwadar against the project, part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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Baloch Leader Calls for Protest Against Gwadar Fencing Project

Baloch Leader Calls for Protest Against Gwadar Fencing Project

Baloch leader and social activist Mahrang Baloch has called upon the Pakistani administration to halt the ongoing Gwadar fencing project, claiming it is a strategy to force the Baloch community to vacate Gwadar so that the land can be handed over to China. The fencing project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Why this matters: The Gwadar fencing project has significant implications for the Baloch community's autonomy and control over their land, and it also raises concerns about China's growing influence in the region. If successful, this project could set a precedent for further encroachment on local communities' rights in the name of economic development.

Mahrang Baloch has announced that the Baloch Yakjeht Committee (BYC) will organize a protest rally in Gwadar on Sunday against the fencing project. In a statement on X, she said: "The colonial project of fencing of Gwadar is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which aims to evict the local population of Gwadar and hand over Gwadar to China. But we, the local population, will not hand over our land and sea to foreigners in any case, nor will we allow any such project to succeed."

Mahrang Baloch expressed concerns that the fencing project will lead to the eviction of the local population and hand over control of Gwadar to China. She emphasized that the Baloch community will not remain silent and will put up strong public resistance against the project. "We will not remain silent in any case against the plan to fence Gwadar and hand it over to China in the name of development and security, but we will put up strong public resistance," Mahrang Baloch stated.

Another Baloch leader, Sammi Deen Baloch, raised the issue of enforced disappearances endured by the Baloch community for a long time. Mahrang Baloch also spoke about the issue, stating that most abducted individuals are taken from their own homes, offices, markets, and educational institutions, and are subjected to mental and physical torture. "It happens rarely, but sometimes, some of these individuals are released. The majority of them are subjected to mental and physical torture. The families of many abductees are still protesting, and sometimes the lucky ones who return give statements of being captured and tortured in secret cells of the Army," she said.

The protest announced by Mahrang Baloch is set to take place on Sunday, May 12, 2024 in Gwadar. The Baloch community remains steadfast in their opposition to the Gwadar fencing project, which they see as a threat to their land and way of life. As Mahrang Baloch emphasized, they are determined to resist any attempts to hand over control of Gwadar to foreign entities.

Key Takeaways

  • Baloch leader Mahrang Baloch opposes Gwadar fencing project, citing threat to community's autonomy and land.
  • Fencing project part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), raises concerns about China's growing influence.
  • Protest rally planned in Gwadar on May 12, 2024, against fencing project and potential eviction of locals.
  • Baloch community faces enforced disappearances, torture, and human rights abuses, according to Mahrang Baloch.
  • Community vows to resist attempts to hand over control of Gwadar to foreign entities, including China.