Strasbourg: November 25, 2015. (PCP) International Human Rights Defenders and Members of the European Parliament today jointly hosted a conference on CHINA IN PAKISTAN: GROWING HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The conference was attended by more than 120 participants from European Parliament, Civil Society and European Union.
The conference has the following speakers Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President European Parliament, Mr. Alberto Cirio, Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Fulvio Martusciello, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Patricia Sulin, Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Javed Mohammed Khan, Deputy Director, Baluchistan House and Mr. Li Xi Chen, who is a freelance journalist, moderated the conference.
Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki spoke how China is engaged in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan in construction ranging from dams, highways and ports. He spoke that It has come to notice that there is a lot of resentment among locals in the region of Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir over the negative environmental impact and the utter disregard for environmental safety norms by the Chinese infrastructure developers. Chinese construction projects literally trash the environment.
Mr. Alberto Cirio spoke that China has increased their military presence in Pakistan Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan under the pretext of ensuring safety to their workers. He also mentioned that the chinese army has started to create divide among the shia and sunni’s in the region, which is causing a direct threat to the region and not only the locals . Mr. Cirio mentioned that the presence of the Chinese army in the region is a threat to the stability of the region and questioned by Pakistan allowed chinese army when it always opposed the presence of the Western Allied Forced in the region. He also mentioned that there should be a mechanism setup to investigate the adverse effects of the presence of the chinese army in the Pakistan Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Mr. Fulvio Martusciello how Pakistan gifted to China the Gwadar port for making a naval port for parking chinese naval ships. He also mentioned that this port has cost several lives of the local baluch people, as several farms were taken forcefully and any news regarding the Naval port is kept under tight lips by the Pakistani Government.
Ms. Patricia Sulin, mentioned that china has taken the lead in Gilgit Baltistan and parts of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan in developing schools, hospitals and other emergency services in order to rebuild the area. She also mentioned that due to this assistance the pakistani government gave mining licence to Chinese companies which has inturn endangered natives over their lands. She will be requested European External Action Service (EEAS) to look into the matter and increase the pressure on the Pakistani Governments to withdraw Pakistani and Chinese personnel to decrease the tension.
Mr. Javed Mohammed Khan, spoke about the capital punishments in Pakistan is only focused on the people from Baluchistan. He mentioned that Baluch people are subject to capital punishments without even going through courts, as the local Army and Pakistani Intelligence ISI issue orders for doing the same. He also mentioned that Police commit widespread abuses, he quoted the Current Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a parliamentary speech accepted the fact that there are many spy agencies in occupied Baluchistan, when he said, “If so many agencies, with so many resources, cannot handle the security situation what else can our government provide them?” Pakistan also continues its kill and dump policy in the region. Rights activists say 336 bodies were found in alleged "kill-and-dump" cases in 2015.