Behram Baloch:

The internet service was restored in Gwadar on Thursday morning after ten days. Internet and mobile services were suspended in the aftermath of violent clashes in the port city of the country.
“Mobile and internet services restored in Gwadar”, the Spokesperson Balochistan government said. Farah Azeem Shah, the spokesperson confirmed the restoration of cellular services and internet service in the country’s port city. People in Gwadar and other adjoining areas heaved a sigh of relief after the restoration of cellular services and internet service.

Normalcy returned to Gwadar and all shops, businesses centers were also reopened.

However, the Gwadar Rights Movement (GRM) chief Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman accused the provincial government of using force against the protesters. He claimed the government has arrested a large number of supporters of the GRM. Police also released a journalist Obaidullah arrested under the Maintainance of Public Order (MPO) from Turbat Jail. The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) had demanded of the provincial government to release the jailed journalist and condemned the arrest. Obaidullah’s two sons were released on the first day of his arrest after the Gwadar Press Club office-bearers approached the administration and protested against the arrest.

GRM demands from the government

The GRM has been protesting against the provincial and federal governments for what it claims their failure to address the grievances of the people of Gwadar. They have been protesting against illegal trawling/fishing, and unnecessary check posts.

The provincial government has accused the GRM Chief Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman of inciting violence and causing damages to public and private properties during protest demonstrations in the port city of the country. Police have also sent 14 activists including two relatives of the Maulana to jail under the MPO-3. Although, the GRM Chief claims that police arrested over 100 activists from Gwadar and various parts of Mekran division.

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