A complete shutter: in other towns including Mastung, Nushki, Dalbandin, Wadh, Hub, Tubat, Mand, Tump and Awaran
QUETTA – A complete shutter-down strike was observed on Thursday in Quetta and other Baloch-dominated districts against the ‘extra-judicial’ arrest and killing of Baloch political workers and deteriorating law and order in Wadh and Khuzdar.
The BNP-M had given the strike call to protest against the alleged military operation in Jalawan Wadh, the hometown of Sardar Akhtar Mengal. In Quetta, all major shopping malls, business centres and markets at Jinnah Road, Shara-e-Iqbal, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Brewery Road, Double Road and Sariab Road remained closed throughout the day. Traffic plying on the roads was thin as compared to normal days while most of the streets presented a deserted look.
Heavy contingents of police backed by Frontier Corps and other law enforcement agencies remained deployed in different parts of the city, while police and FC mobile teams kept patrolling in sensitive areas to thwart any untoward incident.
A complete shutter down strike was also observed in other towns including Mastung, Nushki, Dalbandin, Wadh, Hub, Tubat, Mand, Tump and Awaran. Light public transport was witnessed plying on the roads between Quetta, Karachi, Sibi and Taftan. Strict security steps were taken by local administrations to maintain law and order; thus no unpleasant incident was reported from any part of the province.
It may be recalled that the BNP-M has announced a series of strikes, including that of wheel-jam, shutter-down and holding protest rallies and demonstrations against the killing of Baloch people and poor law and order in Khuzdar district.
According to the BNP-M spokesman, law and order situation in Jalawan particularly Wadh was being deteriorated under an intention to pave a way for the military operation.
He said that his party would hold series of protests against the security forces for their revengeful acts and violating sanctity of houses. He said that from July 5 (today), national highways would be closed down for an indefinite period and the protest would continue till the death squads are dismantled.