Quetta sees complete commercial shutdown to protest against terror attacks and price hike yesterday.
Strike came in response to a call of the opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly against recent terror attacks in Quetta and Gwadar.
The city wore a deserted look and vehicular traffic remained thin. Due to strike, people also stayed indoors because of Ramazan.
The traders also registered protest against price hike and the government’s inability to resolve people’s problems.
Quetta wore a deserted look and vehicular traffic remained thin. Due to strike, people also stayed indoors because of Ramazan.
They closed all shops, markets, shopping plazas, business establishments and shopping malls throughout yesterday in Quetta.
Even medical stores and bakeries owners shut their businesses.
However, the sasta bazaar and fruit and vegetable markets observed partial strike.
The heavy contingents of security forces, including police, Frontier Corps and Anti-Terrorism Force, stood alert to guard all important government buildings and educational institutes.
Police and FC personnel patrolled in the city and on its outskirts. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.
Opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly, including the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, staged a protest demonstration in front of the Quetta Press Club.
The opposition leaders said the government had also failed to maintain law and order in the province, which was worsening with the passage of time.
The opposition leaders and workers were carrying placards and banners. They raised slogans against the government. They had gathered in the Liaquat Park and later took out a procession that turned into a public meeting.
The opposition parties demanded that higher authorities must not merge Levies Force with police in Quetta, Lasbela and Gwadar.
They announced that they would continue their protest until the authorities resolve the issues. In its second phase the protest they announced to launch in other towns and cities of Balochistan.
Quetta strike against terror attacks