Shehbaz Sharif says Gwadar protests are ‘watershed event’ in struggle for basic rights

Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif stated on Wednesday that the ongoing Gwadar protests are a “watershed event” in the struggle for basic rights which have been guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.

Shehbaz took to his Twitter and stated that the protests represented “a new chapter in our country”.

He went on to urge the incumbent government to listen to “the people’s voice” and “address their problems immediately”.

He further added that “owned and led by the people it is a watershed event in the struggle for the basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.”

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Sunday that the government would take “strong action” against illegal fishing by trawlers off the Gwadar coast.

The PM took to his Twitter and stated that he had taken notice of the “very legitimate demands” of the hardworking fisherfolk of Gwadar, a linchpin of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Maulana Hidayatur Rehman, who is leading the protests said that it is really a welcome development that the Prime Minister has taken notice of the protest and decided to accept the demands of the people including the illegal fishing in Balochistan’s territorial waters after their 28-day sit-in.

It is pertinent to note that thousands of protestors are staging a sit-in against unnecessary check posts and fishing trawlers in the Gwadar district of Balochistan and are demanding civic amenities and employment opportunities for the local people.

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