Balochistan a â€˜no go areaâ€™: China tells its nationals By Frontier India | October 8th, 2010 | Category: Asia, Latest | 2 comments China has reportedly declared Balochistan as â€˜no go areaâ€™ for its nationals due to which development work on a number of projects has been stalled. This was revealed at a recent meeting held in the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) convened to discuss security situation in Gaddani (Balochistan) in relation to 1000-1200 MW imported coal based informed the meeting that in 2007, PPIB advertised the integrated 1000-1200 MW Imported Coal based Power Projects near Karachi. After the evaluation process two companies AES Pakistan Pvt Ltd and Mitsui & Co were issued Letter of Interest (LoI), for the conduct of feasibility study for two mutually exclusive projects. Both sponsors conducted their independent site surveys and identified the area on the southern boundary of Gaddani ship-breaking yard as the most suitable location to set up the projects. Subsequently Mitsui withdrew due to financial crunch. AES is still pursuing the project. But the progress is slow due to security issues and the travel advisory issued by the Chinese Embassy in Karachi. Additional Secretary urged the representative of AES, Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal to elaborate on the issue and the mitigating measures, which AES proposes. He made a presentation with the help of maps and clarified that all Balochistan was a no-go area for Chinese personnel. he said that the Hub Chowki had a higher threat level. Baloch freedom fighters had attacked Chinese engineers on several occasions in different parts of Balochistan. Baloch armed groups have warned the foreign investors against any investment or assistance with Pakistani state in Balochistan as itâ€™s a war zone.