Efforts to resolve Gwadar unrest yet to bear fruit

Tensions continued to simmer in the port city of Gwadar on Wednesday with a shutter down strike continuing for a third day as police arrested a number of protesters amid clashes with supporters of the Haq Do Tehreek (HDT).

Although the home minister had directed police officials to register a case against the HDT chief after firing during clashes a day earlier claimed the life of a policeman, an FIR was yet to be registered against Maulana Hidayatur Rehman.

Sources told Dawn that the government had contacted Jamaat-i-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch to help restore normalcy and resolving the issues that have become a bone of contention between the government and the HDT. Reportedly, Maulana Rehman belongs to the JI and also holds the position of Balochistan general secretary.