- China has established a communications network in Pakistan using telecommunications giants Huawei, Netcom, Exeleron and ZTE to spy on and find citizens of Balochistan under the Universal Service Fund program
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
POSTED 03 JUL 2021 21:13 IST
The Baluch Liberation Army (BLA), the separatist group in West Pakistani Baluchistan, said in a statement that it had set fire to facilities built by Chinese telecommunications companies in Quetta, Balochistan and arrested six officials involved in the projects, according to a report. ANI news agency report.
The incident took place on June 26 in the Chokhobi Wadh area of Margat. Spokesman for the separatist group Azad Baloch said he released three of the six men, but continued to detain the others, whom the group deemed suspicious.
He said the outfit decided that if the United Nations (UN) or international organizations, including representatives of the Red Cross in Geneva, vouch for the release of the rest of the men and ensure that these men will not work. again for Pakistani army spy rings, they will free the rest of the hostages. The BLA said these men should not return to work on such “exploitation projects.”
Azad Baloch gave international bodies 10 days to respond to their requests. The BLa had previously warned telecommunications companies against working as “facilitators of the expansionist ambitions of the imperialist powers”.
China has set up a communications network in Pakistan using telecommunications giants Huawei, Netcom, Exeleron and ZTE to spy on and find citizens of Balochistan under the Universal Service Fund program, according to the report. ANI. The report also pointed out that these telecommunications companies have set up towers in uninhabited hilly areas to exchange information on the Baloch separatist movement. Balochistan is the focal point of China’s $ 60 billion Belt and Road development program.
Clashes between Baloch separatists and the Pakistani army continue as last week five soldiers died in Sangan in Quetta. The Pakistani military said the attack was carried out by “suspicious” militants.
(with ANI entries)