Translated from PakVoices Gwadar website
On May 26, all the political parties in Gwadar came together to issue a statement against the ongoing loadshedding in the region. During the press conference, the political parties issued a call for shutter-down and wheel-jam strike on June 1. The statement said that the Coastal Highway will also be blocked as part of the strike.
Nearly all political parties under the banner of ‘All Parties’ participated in the conference. These included Jamat-e-Islami, BNP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Ideological, People’s Party, Muslim League Youth, Anjuman Naujawan Ittehad and Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Speaking at the press conference, the head of the All Parties platform Maulana Hidayatullah of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) said, “For years, we are being told that Gwadar will soon be turned into Dubai and Singapore. But so far, all the billion-rupee projects meant for this city have fallen to gross misappropriations and mismanagement.”
He said that cronyism and corruption have reached new heights in Gwadar district, with the Chief Minister of the province directly involved in the practice. According to him, appointment on every single governmental vacancy is done in blatant violation of the merit, with officials in the provincial and federal governments awarding their own relatives and acquaintances by appointing them.
In view of these issues, the party representatives at the conference stated, they will ensure a successful strike on June 1st. For this purpose, corner meetings will be held between May 28 and May 31. According to them, they have the confidence of the transporters and they will also demonstrate in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on 1st of June, planning further strikes and protests in subsequent days if the demands of the people are not met.