Jun 02, 2010

Balochistan: Shutter-Down Strike

Active ImageThe BNP called out to strike against firing on peaceful demonstrators and the target killing of a BNP worker on Saturday.


Below is an article published by Daily Times:

A shutter-down strike was observed in major parts of Balochistan on Tuesday in response to a call made by the Balochistan National Party (BNP) against what they called firing on peaceful demonstrators and target killing of a BNP worker on Saturday.

Most businesses and commercial establishments in the provincial capital remained closed all day. Shops located on Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazar, Brewery Road, Saryab Road, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Hazar Ganji, Sabzal Road, Joint Road and adjoining areas were also closed.

There was relatively less traffic on the roads but educational institutions but government offices functioned as usual. BNP leaders and activists monitored various areas of the city to ensure a peaceful strike.

The strike was observed in Khuzdar, Mastung Town, Mand, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara, Turbat, Kalat, Wadh, Sibi, Naushki, Chagai, Dalbandin and some other parts of the province.

BNP Central Secretary Information advocate Agha Hassan alleged that party activists were being targeted and attacked repeatedly, which was part of a conspiracy to keep the party from struggling for self-determination. He said security forces were violating human rights and “trampling down” Baloch national rights.

Hassan emphasised the need for unanimity and harmony among the Baloch leadership to foil any conspiracy against the Baloch nation.

He announced a province-wide wheel-jam strike on June 3 (tomorrow), adding that the protest will continue until policies are changed.