Islamabad [Pakistan]Feb 8 (ANI): Pakistani Senate lawmakers have condemned human rights abuses in Balochistan, saying the protest and sit-in led by the Justice League (HDT) in the port city of Gwadar was fair, Tribune Express reported.
In a meeting chaired by President Sadiq Sanjrani, Jamaat-e-Islamic party’s Mustaq Ahmad condemned violations of basic human rights and lamented more than 18 allegations against leaders of the movement, whose charter is in Popular among the masses.
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For the past year, the port city has been plagued by protests led by HDT chief Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, who have been deprived of everything from healthcare to electricity to clean drinking water, the Express Tribune reported. basic facilities.
Shahadat Awan, Minister of State for Law and Justice, said on Monday that after the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the responsibility to resolve the issue in Gwadar is primarily the responsibility of the provincial government, Gwadar Today reported.
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The Minister made these remarks as he concluded his discussion of a motion brought by Senators Kamran Murtaza and Mushtaq Ahmed in relation to the recent protests in Gwadar City over the installation of numerous security checkpoints in and around the city over alleged illegal sea trawling and Pakistan-Iran border trade allegedly affecting residents of Gwadar.
Awan said other than law and order or law and order, local issues are all about the provincial government. Explaining the background to the protests, he insisted that the small fisherman’s demands in Gwadar were fair, according to the Express Tribune.
“On November 21, 2021, the former Prime Minister formed a special committee to curb trawling. However, on December 26, 2022, the Balochistan government asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to control the heightened security situation following the death of a police officer. ,” said the Minister of State.
He pointed out that the federal government was well aware of the situation and thus formed a special committee comprising the maritime ministers to address the issue of Gwadar fishermen.
“The House of Representatives must ask the committee to submit a report to review the measures currently taken,” he urged, according to Gwadar Today.
Meanwhile, Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar asked who was responsible for providing water and electricity to the people of Gwadar. “Is it Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif or Imran Khan or the Chief Minister? After the 18th Amendment, it is the responsibility of the Chief Minister.”
The senator argued that it was not a matter of anti-national attitudes but of civil rights, with mismanagement by the provincial government alleged to be a major problem.
He accused that the elected representative of Gwadar in the provincial assembly, despite his influence, was contributing more to the problems rather than playing his constructive role to resolve the crisis.
Earlier, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed informed the House of Representatives in moving the motion that Haq Do Tehreek in Gwadar is a just protest against mishandling of stakeholders, persecution of women, children, elderly and others demanding their basic rights, Gwadar today. Dahl reports.
“Articles 16, 17 and 19 of the constitution respectively allow fellow citizens to enjoy freedom of assembly, association and speech. Gwadar locals are deprived of all these rights. JEM leader Hidayatur Rehman held three sit-in to draw attention to the provincial government,” he added.
Senator Ahmad said the tehreek had earlier made 42 demands to the chief minister covering education, health, border trade, missing persons, water supply and all other legitimate demands.
“Baluchistan Chief Minister Abdul Qudus Bizenjo had agreed to Dhriq’s request but it was not implemented later,” he claimed.
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Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the concerns of the people of Gwadar who have subsisted from fishing for centuries should be addressed. (Arnie)
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