There have been only assurances and Baloch people feel that the project will not benefit them or bring development to their province even when the
Gwadar project is being touted as “linchpin” of CPEC in Pakistan. As usual, only Punjabis and Chinese from outside the province are likely to be benefitted, and the majority of development in Balochistan will only be concentrated in Gwadar, rather
than the rest of the province.
Ethnic Balochs, particularly fishermen, have been protesting continually for having been driven away from Gwadar
and they feel that it is part of a conspiracy to turn Gwadar into a non-Baloch enclave. Protesting fishermen are also against the construction of East Bay Expressway which has severely affected their livelihood by cutting off their routes to the Arabian Sea.
Various Baloch organizations are protesting the world over and accusing Pakistan government of illegalsale of their land to Chinese. On
January 29, The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) had organized a two-day protest outside the Grosvenor Hotel in London, against the sale of Baloch lands in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar. The protesters fear that China and Pakistan are aiming
to change the demography of Balochistan by settling hundreds of thousands of Punjabis and Chinese in Gwadar. On the name of development, native people have driven away from their own land. Any protests in the region are termed as an
insurgency by the Pakistan Army and dealt with raw force even killing innocent Baloch women and children with no exception whether it is Gwadar, Turbat, Kolwah or Dera Bugti.