Pakistani forces guarding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have been targeted in an attack in Balochistan's Kech district, media reports said.
The attack on the forces took place this morning in the Ashal area of Kolwah in Kech. The officials were on the CPEC route when they were attacked by armed men, reported Balochistan Post.
The media portal, while citing regional sources, said the forces suffered loss of life and property as the attackers escaped the scene. Other Pakistani security forces have reached the area and the search for the attackers is ongoing.
So far, no one has accepted responsibility for the attack. However, it should be noted that in the past Baloch separatists have accepted responsibility for this type of attack, according to the Baluchistan Post.
These Baloch separatists have called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor an “exploitative” project. Apart from this, other projects across Balochistan have also come under attack.
Balochistan Liberation Army spokesman Jayand Baloch has warned Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) in a statement to stop exploitation of Balochian resources and leave Balochistan.
Baloch National Movement chairman Naseem Baloch said Balochistan faces both Pakistani atrocities and environmental devastation.
Climate change and its effects have become the most important global issue in the world today. For this reason, environmental scientists study the effects of temperature increase, drought, floods and other effects and find measures to avoid their effects.
He said that apart from natural factors, the use and necessity of coal, oil and gas have played a significant role in environmental pollution.
The global temperature has risen dramatically since the industrial revolution and has been particularly hot over the past decade, with record high temperatures in many countries this year.
The extreme heat and recent floods in Balochistan are also due to the same climate change. Being an occupied country, the occupiers never took measures to avoid these effects but made Balochistan a nuclear test site to intensify them.
The first test was carried out 24 years ago in the form of nuclear explosions. Apart from this, Balochistan has also been chosen to meet Pakistan’s electricity needs. HUBCO and UCH Power Plant are examples.
These two projects are in Baluchistan, but their production and profits are borne by Pakistan. These projects are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Greenhouse gases have very bad effects on the environment and health. They cause climate change by increasing the temperature, and they also cause respiratory diseases due to smog and air pollution. Other effects of climate change due to greenhouse gases are extremely hot weather and an increase in forest fires,” said Naseem Baloch.
The BNM President said that the Baloch nation is going through the worst period in its history due to the persecution of occupation, effects of environmental change, poverty and backwardness.
Although the rains have wreaked havoc in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and governments can do something for their people, the situation in Balochistan is different.
The attitude of the government towards the population can be measured by the fact that the families of the disappeared have been demonstrating for 45 days in front of the puppet prime minister and the houses of the governor for the recovery of their loved ones, but the government does not even take care to talk to them.
The same attitude applies to flood victims. He called on the international community to work with established NGOs and other institutions to help the people of Balochistan.