Hands off Balochistan: Baloch, Sindhi leaders protest outside Chinese embassy in London

| Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:46
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Balochistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Chinese Embassy, London, CPEC, India-Pakistan, Pak-China,

New Delhi: The contentious issue over atrocities being perpetrated in Balochistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) underwent further rounds of agitation by Baloch people as leaders protested on Monday outside of the Chinese Embassy in London.

Baloch and Sindhi leaders gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in London raised slogans such as "PM Modi for Balochistan", "No to CPEC" and "Hai haq humara aazadi". The leaders are protesting the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) valued at around $46 billion by China.



One Baloch leader at the protest, Noordin Mengal, said, "They cannot do anything in Balochistan without the consent of the Baloch people. They cannot implement any corridor without the approval of the Baloch people. Pak-China's objective has always been about oppressing the Baloch people."



A top Chinese think tank has warned India that "China will have to intervene" if it starts involving itself in Balochistan and hinders the progress of CPEC, Pak-China's ambitious One Road Belt project in the region.

"There is concern that India may take the same approach, which is believed by the Indian side Pakistan is taking, asymmetrically using anti-government factors in Pakistan. If this kind of plot causes damage to the CPEC, China will have to get involved," said the official.

As Kashmir has been reeling under intense imposition of curfew after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani, focus has also been shifted towards Balochistan when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about atrocities in Balochistan during the Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

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