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Pakistan: Illegal fishing in Balochistan’s coastal areas banned December 07,2021   |  Source: Dawn

Official sources said on Monday that the government had started fulfilling demands of the ongoing protest movement in Gwadar titled Gwadar Ko Huqooq Do Tehreek (Gwadar Movement for Rights). They said Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has issued directives in this regard. The headquarters of the DG Fisheries has immediately been shifted from Quetta to Gwadar to solve the problems of local fishermen, officials of the Balochistan government said. According to them, patrols of the Fisheries Department and other agencies have started efforts to curb illegal fishing in Balochistan’s coastal areas. The token system for the local fishermen which allowed them to go to the sea for fishing has been abolished and now they can start fishing in the sea without any permission. “All unnecessary check-posts in Gwadar have been removed,” according to the home department sources. The officials said all liquor shops in Gwadar have been closed. Gadani has been completely handed over to the district administration and all interventions have been stopped. With the cooperation of the federal government, a border market in Mand near the Pak-Iran border has been established, they added. They said soon work would start for establishing border markets in some areas of Makran division.

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