Section 144 imposed in Gwadar port city

Gwadar port (Photo: Reuters)

The Home Minister of Balochistan Ziaullah Langove ordered the imposition of section 144 in the port city of Gwadar for one month, following the death of a policeman during Haq Do Tehreek (HDT) protest. The imposition of Section 144 means that rallies, dharnas, public gatherings of more than five people and display of any weapons  will be strictly forbidden and cellular services have also been suspended. Post the death of the policeman, Balochistan Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo had ordered the arrest of the suspects in the case. He has also ordered for a full detailed report on the incident and the setting up of a special team for investigation including arrests.

On Monday, the Coastal Highway near Gwadar’s Sarbandan area was blocked after seven protestors from HDT including leader Hussain Wadala were arrested. The demand of the protestors included trouble-free border trade, a depletion in check posts and a total end to deep-sea fish trawling in the sea next to Gwadar. The clashes had occurred this month between the security forces and the locals in Gwadar as protests against illegal fishing turned violent after some people were arrested in the port city.More than 75 people were arrested and cases were registered against many people in Pisni under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

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