Five Chinese boats fishing illegally in Gwadar, Pakistan have been seized. This action has been taken after the protest of Pakistani fishermen.
Boats pass near Gwadar port (File Photo)
The news of how China is engaged in looting within Pakistan always comes to the fore. But now due to the opposition of the Pakistani people, the authorities have to take action against the Chinese. One such case has come up in Gwadar. Pakistan seized five Chinese illegal fishing boats in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar city. This was opposed by the local fishermen, after which Pakistan has taken this step.
Chinese boats seized by Pakistani authorities were fishing in Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone without permission. Local fishermen who lost their land in Gwadar to China now fear losing their sea fishing grounds. According to the report of the British newspaper Guardian, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has confiscated Chinese boats laden with fish. China is building a deep water port in Gwadar under the Belt and Road Initiative. Pakistani agencies have started an investigation into the suspicious presence of these boats near this important strategic location.
Pakistani fishermen protest against Chinese boats
Pakistan suspects that enemy countries can also take any action under the guise of Chinese fishermen. These Chinese boats had been fishing in this area for several weeks. After that local fishermen gathered in hundreds and rallied against the Chinese boats. These fishermen accused the Chinese boats of fishing in Pakistani waters and sending the fish to China. At the same time, a group of local officials and fishermen visited these Chinese ships to find out whether the fish caught by them were caught in the waters of Gwadar or not.
Gwadar port given on lease to Chinese company
The port of Gwadar is considered the gateway to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is China’s multi-million-dollar megaproject, which Beijing is developing to gain strategic advantage. In 2017, Pakistan handed over control of the port of Gwadar to China’s state-owned China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) under a 40-year lease. At the same time, Zhang Baozhong, chairman of China Overseas Port Holding Company, which manages Gwadar port, denied that the detained Chinese boats were fishing in Gwadar.
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