BALOCHISTAN: A crippling strike was observed in Balochistan to mark the 10th death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a military operation along with 30 other comrades in 2006.
The strike was called by the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Baloch National Front (BNF) and other Baloch nationalist parties. Life came to a standstill with no untoward incident reported from any part of the province.
All major shopping centers, schools, commercial establishments, business houses were closed in Quetta.
Public transport vehicles stayed off the road, giving the city and major thoroughfares a deserted look. The city’s busy areas including Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Abdul Sattar Road, Fatima Jinnah Road, Masjid Road, McCongy Road, Mission Road, Prince Road, Saryab Road, Zahrgoon Road, Tougi Road, Suraj Ganj Bazaar, Qandhari Bazaar, Sirki Road and other areas had little or no traffic.
Police and heavily armed FC personnel patrolled the provincial capital.
That strike was also observed in Mastung, Kalat, Mongechar, Surab, Nal, Wadh, Mashkey, Naukundi, Turbat, Pasni, Gwadar, Jiwani, Ormara, Panjgur, Mand, Tump, Awaran, Hub, Bolan, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Sibi and dozens of other townships and settlements across the province