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Belt and Road

Pakistan bans political party critical of China's Belt and Road

Government claims 'reasonable grounds' for terror link as rights groups cry foul

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 2, 2018.    © Reuters

KARACHI -- Pakistan has banned a political party well known for criticizing China's Belt and Road Initiative along with two other groups for alleged terrorist links, highlighting the country's reliance on Beijing for political and economic support.

Pakistan's interior ministry early this month outlawed Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz-Arisar (JSQM-A), a party based in the southern province of Sindh, along with two militant groups in the same province -- the Sindhudesh Liberation Army (SLA) and the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) -- citing "reasonable grounds" that the organizations have ties to terrorism.

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