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Pak rights body says Gwadar's fishermen have deep reservations about CPEC

Updated: Jan 12, 2017 08:05 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan.12 (ANI): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called on the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to protect the interests of the fishermen of Gwadar Port, most of whom have reservations about the over 50 billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Highlighting this concern of the fishermen, HRCP secretary general I.A. Rehman said that the federal government in Islamabad and the provincial government in Balochistan need to treat this matter with some urgency, given that the province and its inhabitants are already victims of sectarianism, corruption and subjected to all kinds of inhuman behavior.

He said that the residents of Gwadar were already wrestling with issues such as non-availability of drinking water and unemployment, and therefore, must not be subjected to further disadvantages through the CPEC.

The port of Gwadar is the epicenter of the CPEC. China plans to use this project to connect the western province of Xinjiang with Gwadar in Balochistan.

The creation of the CPEC includes energy, fiber optics and industry-based projects in Pakistan and both countries are on record as saying that this project will bring unprecedented economic development to both.

China is projecting the CPEC as an important part of its larger and ambitious "One Belt, One Road" plan (OBOR), stretching its economic across the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa via maritime routes and rail links.

China is building a deep-sea port in Gwadar, but what is being ignored is that around 70-80 percent of the region's inhabitants are dependent on fishing, and fear being crushed under the weight of the CPEC.

Local fisherman and other stakeholders have said that the project once completed, will not allow them to continue with fishing, as the Gwadar jetty will not be accessible to them.

Locals said that fishing is central to their livelihood and employment and they are extremely worried about their future.

The Gwadar jetty is the heart of fish trade in Balochistan, and fishermen have often said that they don't and won't know where they will get their next meal from if entry to the jetty is stopped.

They have also said that the construction of the expressway on the east bank of the Gwadar port will result in them being uprooted.

Another road project undertaken by the Gwadar Development Authority on the west bank, they say will crush the small-boat-making industry.

The fishermen will suffer no doubt, but along with them so will boat makers, oil factories, middle men, and buyers.

True development it is said ushers change in the living standards of the downtrodden, not make them more vulnerable, but in Gwadar, such is not the case.

Most said that it is the duty of the state to give every fisherman his due rights, but the government is giving them more problems.

The plight of the Gwadar fisherman is one of the neglected concerns of the CPEC plan. Rehman has in the past said that these fishermen are the original inhabitants of the land, living there for centuries, and fishing is their only source of income. He feels the attitude of the state toward these fishermen is condemnable, and has called for fishermen to be made part of Gwadar's development rather than being kept on the sidelines. (ANI)

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