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China-Pakistan relations: security fence at Gwadar port creates new tensions

Balochistan home minister reverses plan to erect a fence around Chinese-operated facility after protests from local people Port forms part of the US$62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Topic | Belt and Road Initiative Keegan Elmer Published:  10:00pm, 2 Jan, 2021 China and Pakistan will deepen cooperation on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in particular Gwadar port and a railway upgrade project, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Pakistani counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on Thursday.   Wang said it carried significance to call his “iron brother” friend – a term used to describe the strong relationship between the two countries – on New Year’s Eve to reaffirm their friendship and Beijing’s commitment to the CPEC.   The call came after protests at  Gwadar port  this week turned a spotlight on the problems facing the two countries with regards to infrastructure development.   On Tuesday, Ziaullah Langove, the home minister of Balochistan, the southw

Pak court halts controversial plan to fortify Gwadar with fencing

Gwadar has seen attacks on Chinese nationals and security forces. Some of the attacks have come from Baloch nationalist insurgents, who during the last three years have carried out at least five major terror strikes in the area Updated: Jan 02, 2021, 00:42 IST By Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times Islamabad China’s national flags fly next to Pakistan’s national flags at the Gwadar port in Balochistan, Pakistan, on July 4, 2018. (Bloomberg/ File) A controversial project to fortify Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar with secure fencing – possibly to allay fears of attacks on Chinese nationals based there –  has been put on hold after  the  Balochistan high court sought details on the government’s motive behind the planned move. A two-judge bench heard a petition filed by Balochistan bar council vice-chairman Muneer Ahmed Kakar, who pleaded that the lives of more than 300,000 people residing in Gwadar would be affected by the move, with the possibility of half the city’s population ending up outsi