Four laborers working on CPEC road project gunned down in Kharan, Balochistan

At least four laborers were gunned down in Kharan District of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province on Wednesday morning.

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on the laborers while they were working on Kharan-Mach Highway, a Kharan police official said.

“The laborers were working on a CPEC-related road project when they were targeted,” sources in Kharan said quoted The Express Tribune.

The road project would link Balochistan’s Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea — gateway to the China-Pakistan Economic corridor — to a maize of internal road network being built toprovide shortest route to China for their shipping and trade with the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

The laborers died on the spot.

The deceased reportedly belonged to Ghotki area of the Sindh province, and was working for the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) — the Pakistan army affiliated outfit that undertakes fast-track engineered construction projects.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.

Earlier in February, at least three personnel, including a Pakistan Army captain, were killed as a roadside bomb exploded near a security vehicle patrolling in Balochistan’s Awaran district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“An IED exploded on army convoy in Awaran, Balochistan. Three soldiers including Captain Taha embraced shahadat,” the military’s media wing said in a statement.

Political leadership of Balochistan has time and again blamed ‘external forces’ for fomenting unrest in the province to achieve their ‘ulterior motives’.

Last year in August, the suicide attack on Quetta’s Civil Hospital claimed at least 74 people, most of them lawyers.

Balochistan forms new security plan

Last month, the Balochistan government announced it has formulated a new security plan for the provincial capital in view of security threats.

According to sources cited by a local media, the new security plan would make profiling of houses compulsory so that facilitators of banned outfits could be traced. The registration of tenants has also been made compulsory.

The plan has been formulated by the Police, FC and security agencies. During the first phase, the registration of tenants has been emphasised in light of the Balochistan Assembly statute. Moreover, it is compulsory for police stations to register seminaries, schools and government buildings in their jurisdiction.

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