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Thousands on streets in Gwadar as protests enter Day 17
Thousands on streets in Gwadar as protests enter Day 17

New Delhi, Dec 1 (TIWN) Thousands of people, including women and children, continued protesting in Gwadar in Pakistan for the 17th day on Wednesday, demanding among other things, access to clean drinking water and an end to "trawler mafia", Dawn reported.

Speaking on Dawn News programme earlier, Rehman said when the Gwadar port was inaugurated in 2002, and again when work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) began, the people of Gwadar were told that the projects would transform the province as well as the whole of Pakistan.  "But the residents in Gwadar do not have water, electricity, education, medical treatment or employment nor are they being respected ... not a single penny of CPEC was spent on Balochistan. We got dead bodies instead," he said, as per the report.  Rehman said the protesters were not asking the Balochistan government for employment opportunities but only protection for the means of livelihood they already had - fishing. "The federal and provincial governments and influential people are patronising the trawler mafia."  "Allow us to earn a livelihood," he demanded. "Give us respect."  Talking about Balochistan Minister Buledi's statement on action against fishing trawlers, Rehman said, "They (government) are giving us assurances again and again but they are a picture of helplessness and it was apparent that the trawler mafia is more powerful than provincial government. They are driving our marine life to extinction."

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