Baloch activist Javed Mengal has stated that he believes Balochistan to be in a state of war, with the Pakistani authorities forcefully displacing people to clear land for a billion-dollar infrastructure project: the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This project is meant to connect Balochistan’s capital, Quetta, to the city of Kashgar, Xinjiang – home to the oppressed Uyghurs. The World Baloch Organisation, led by Mengal, organised a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in London, against the human rights violations carried out for the construction of the CPEC and the sharp increase in the economic exploitation of Balochistan’s plentiful resources this infrastructure would cause. Baloch activists were joined by Sindh activists of the UNPO Member World Sindhi Congress, and carried banners reading slogans such as “China, Hands-Off Balochistan” and “No to CPEC”.
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