JI urges govt to address miseries of Gwadar residents

JI urges govt to address miseries of Gwadar residents

Staff Report

QUETTA: Provincial Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Abdul Haq Hashmi has said that all the demands of the participants of Gwadar sit-in are legitimate, while a negative impression regarding sit-in is not correct. He said cases against local fishermen should be withdrawn immediately. Jamaat-e-Islami is part of peaceful sit-in and fully supports people’s demands.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club, he said that the trawler mafia was harming the marine life by using illegal nets which was an economic massacre of small and local fishermen. He said that the trawler mafia’s attitude towards the local fishermen was like that of pirates. They did not refrain from throwing hot water on firing on local fishermen. But to date no action has been taken against them. Large trawlers are also catching fish in the restricted area of 12 nautical miles, he added.
He said across the world people living in border areas have facilities and people are provided with visa, travel and business facilities but not here in our country. , Where at least five districts of Balochistan linked with the Iranian border, people are depended on border trade and remained worried for the future of their bread and butter.
He invited political leadership to attend the meeting participants of the sit-in and listen to their demands, which are their legitimate right. I He added that attempts are made to create misunderstandings among the people regarding the sit-in. The people involved in the peaceful sit-in are praying in congregation five times a day. This sit-in is not only of Jamaat-e-Islami but we are part of it and fully support the legitimate demands of the people as all the participants are Pakistani citizens and loyal of the state, he maintained.
He further added that no one from the government had formally talked to the participants of the sit-in, the ministers of the provincial government also went there after 9 days with whom the talks were not successful.
Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Zahid Akhtar Baloch, Abdul Kabir Shakir, Hafiz Noor Ali, Abdul Wali Shakir and others were also present on the occasion.