New Delhi: A day after China warned India over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in restive Balochistan, Baloch and Sindhi leaders on Monday protested outside the Chinese embassy in London.
Holding placards, Baloch leaders chanted "Hai haq humara aazadi" slogans outside the embassy. The protesters also raised slogans such as "PM Modi for Balochistan", "Kadam Badhao Modiji hum tumhare saath hain", and "No to CPEC".
News agency ANI has quoted Baloch leader Noordin Mengal as saying that Pakistan and China cannot do anything in Balochistan without the consent of Baloch people.
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Both the countries try to snatch whatever they can, said Mengal.
This is a first such joint protest by the activists belonging to different organisations for a common purpose of ceasing CPEC activities and preventing gross human rights violations.The umbrella protest includes the Sindhi Baloch Forum (SBF), the World Sindhi Congress (WSC), the Baloch National Movement (BNM), the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), the Baloch Human Rights Council UK (BHRC-UK), the Baloch Students and Youth Association (BSYA) and the Baloch Students organisation.
On Sunday, an influential Chinese think tank had warned India, saying that China will have "to get involved" if any Indian "plot" disrupts the USD 46 billion CPEC in restive Balochistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is the "latest concern" for China and among its scholars, Hu Shisheng, the Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), told news agency IANS in a freewheeling interview.
The researcher, at one of China's most powerful think tanks, which is affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, also said India's growing military ties with the US and its changed attitude on the disputed South China Sea are ringing alarm bells for China.