Pro-freedom Baloch activists on October 9 staged a protest demonstration near Quetta against the increasing involvement of China in Balochistan with the help of Pakistan Army.
The protesters took to the streets against the occupation and exploitation of Balochistan’s natural resources by Pakistan and China in the name of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in their region. They also raiased slogans like “Stop Baloch Genocide”, “Down with Pakistan” and “Down with China”.
The Free Balochistan Movement protesters also burnt effigies of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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The Baloch nationalists also criticised China of helping Pakistan committing atrocities and human rights violations in Balochistan.
They accuse Pakistan of plundering Balochistan’s resources.
Earlier too, a rally organised by FBM saw huge participation of women and children, who blocked the main road for several hours and burnt the flags of China and Pakistan.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi sent shock waves in Pakistan. More recently, a host of Pakistani commentators from Human Rights activists like Asma Jahangir, Sabeen Mehmud and journalists like Hamid Mir have highlighted the atrocities in Balochistan. Sabeen Mehmud paid for it with her life while Hamid Mir narrowly escaped a similar fate.