GWADAR: The provincial government has failed to stop illegal fishing in Balochistan waters, said the All Parties’ Alliance of Gwadar on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference along with representatives of political parties, alliance’s convener Faiz Nagori demanded of the government to solve the problems of illegal fishing and electricity loadshedding faced by the people in Makran.

He said that despite tall claims of the provincial fisheries department about stopping illegal trawling, big trawlers could be seen fishing in the Makran coast.

He said that trawling in coasts of Gwadar had increased tremendously; illegal fishing had become a routine for trawlers coming from Sindh, hampering the fishing business of fishermen of Gwadar and coastal area of Makran.

“The fisheries department has failed to take any action against such illegal fishing, instead it is facilitating such criminals,” Mr Nagori said. He demanded that genuine representatives of fishermen should be included in the Balochistan fishermen society.

He said the agreement reached between Quetta Electric Supply Company (Quesco) and all parties’ alliance and trade unions was yet to be implemented and as a result of loadshedding had increased in the entire Makran region, including Gwadar.

Published in Dawn, September 5th, 2019