Pakistan detains five Chinese trawlers on charges of illegal fishing Pakistan

Pakistan has detained five Chinese trawlers on suspicion of illegal fishing near its strategic port city of Gwadar, following a wave of protests in the region led by fishermen that led to the fishing. There are fears of losing control of Gary’s fields from China.

Chinese fish-laden trawlers have been seized by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), which has launched an investigation into their suspicious presence in Gwadar, where China has used deep-sea waters as part of its global belt. Port weaving and road initiatives.

Hundreds of fishermen rallied against Chinese trawlers Since last week, he has been accused of fishing in Pakistani waters and sending the catch back to China.

A group of local officials and fishermen visited a Chinese trawler on Sunday to find out if its fish had been caught in provincial waters. “Fishermen believe that a Chinese trawler caught fish off the coast of Gwadar. They have visited other Chinese trawlers today to learn more. We demand that these fish Should be auctioned in Gwadar and they should not be taken to China.

Akbar Raees, 70, has been a fisherman for five decades. “We have been fishing here for centuries. My grandfather was a fisherman and my children are also fishermen. This sea provides us with a livelihood. Chinese trawlers are here to support us. They will protest until the government stops giving them fishing rights.

The port of Gwadar is considered Gateway The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multibillion-dollar Chinese mega-project that invests in Pakistan as part of a road initiative for the Beijing Belt and global infrastructure projects. In 2017, Pakistan handed over control of the port of Gwadar to a Chinese state-owned company, China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC), under a 40-year lease agreement.

“Before the start of CPEC and Gwadar port [deal]We were told that it would change our lives by bringing growth and employment for us. “But we are losing our livelihood and the sea.”

Younis Anwar, a fisherman and general secretary at the Fisherfolk Alliance Gwadar, said local fishermen were barred from their traditional fishing grounds due to the port’s development. “We are not allowed to fish there for security reasons,” he said.

Wajo said last year, when concerns were raised 20 Chinese deep sea trawlers Arrived at Karachi port for fishing in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

“We had expressed our concerns to the COPHC chairman and other Chinese officials in Karachi a year ago that if Chinese trawlers were allowed to go to Balochistan, it would hurt our livelihood, but we Assured that this will not happen. “

COPHC chairman Zhang Baojhong has denied that the detained Chinese trawlers were fishing in Gwadar, claiming that they were taking refuge from the storm.

“Fishing boats at the Gwadar dockyard [called] To protect from the monsoon [the] Complies with the rules of the Indian Ocean and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). No foreigners, including the Chinese, the fishing company now has fishing, and in the future no fishing company will be allowed to fish in Pakistani waters. Zhong told the Guardian.

Local fishermen said the explanation was not credible. “Initially, the government was silent on the matter, but later a statement said that the trawlers have claimed that they are trapped in the storm and are taking refuge.”

Anwar said that when the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, visited Gwadar on July 5, he assured the locals that no Chinese trawler had been licensed to fish within 12 nautical miles. But according to other reports, about 100 Chinese trawlers have been licensed.

Tahir Bizenjo, a senator from Balochistan whose national party is protesting against Chinese trawlers, says the government is now refusing to issue licenses because the protests are a source of political heat.

He told the Senate that the presence of Chinese trawlers in Gwadar showed that the government had indeed given them fishing rights.

“The government has to stop entertaining Chinese trawlers. “Trawlers not only snatch the livelihoods of indigenous fishermen, they also destroy the marine environment, the environment and clean up seafood,” Bizenjo told the Senate.

According to documents viewed by the Guardian, after Bizenjo’s remarks, the Senate Standing Committee confirmed that Chinese ships had not been allowed to enter Pakistani waters and Did not respond to requests for confirmation. Need to confirm whether there was a ‘bad weather’ condition as claimed [the] Chinese fishing vessels.

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