Shutter-down strike observed in Balochistan‏

QUETTA: A shutter-down and wheel jam strike was observed on Monday in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, on the seventh death anniversary of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Baloch Republican Party (BRP) and other Baloch nationalist political groups had given the call to observe the anniversary of the deceased Baloch leader.

Shops, markets and other shopping centers remained closed in Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Turbat, Gwadar, Kharan and other parts of Balochistan during the strike.

Traffic was also thin on Double road, Sariab road, Brewery road and other areas of Quetta city.

However, traffic on national highways linking Quetta with Karachi, Taftan and Jacobabad was also suspended as result of the strike.

The Balochistan government had tightened security on Nawab Bugti’s death anniversary in Quetta and other volatile parts of the militancy-hit province.

Besides police and levies, personnel of frontier corps patrolled streets and roads of Quetta and other sensitive towns of Balochistan to maintain order.

However, unknown people torched a truck carrying goods in Kalat district of Balochistan.

Muhammad Saleem, a police offical told that unknown people opened fire at the truck forcing it to stop.

“When it was stopped armed men came and set it on fire,” Saleem said.

The armed men managed to flee after the attack. However, angry passengers and transporters staged a sit-in near Kalat to protest over the incident. Heavy contingent of levies and police was called in the area to maintain peace.

In another incident, armed men fired at a truck near Mach area of Bolan district.

Muhammad Imran, a levies official told that the driver of the truck sped away and narrowly survived the attack.

“No one was killed, nor was there a financial loss in the attack,” Imran said.

Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in an operation in Balochistan’s Kohlu district on August 26, 2006 during former president Pervez Musharraf’s regime.

His son, Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti has nominated Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and other high ups in the murder of his father. Anti-Terrorist Court Quetta has already issued an arrest warrant for Pervez Musharraf and others.