QUETTA: A wheel-jam strike was observed in the provincial capital and other parts of Balochistan on Friday against the imposition of the governor’s rule in the province.
The call for the wheel-jam strike was given by two major coalition partners of the now-dismissed government in the province – JUI-F and BNP-Awami. The Quetta city wore a deserted look while the general public suffered.
Trade and business activities in Quetta also remained closed. All the major business centers and markets at Shahra-e-Iqbal, Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Masjid Road, and Brewery area remained closed, while the city’s roads presented a deserted look. The local transport remained off the roads in addition to the traffic on the national highways.
Heavy contingents of police and law enforcement agencies were deployed on the city’s roads to maintain law and order. The activists of JUI-F and BNP-Awami kept on patrolling the city’s roads to ensure the strike was successful.
The leaders of JUI-F and BNP-Awami alleged that the police had arrested over 100 activists of their parties, while police denied of rounding up anybody. In some localities of the city, activists of the religious party forced the shopkeepers to close down their shops.
Reports reaching here from interior parts of Balochistan suggested that the wheel-jam and shutter down strikes were also observed in Pishin, Ziarat, Killa Abdullah Khan, Killah Saifullah, Musakhel, Turbat and other districts of the province, where business activities remained suspended in protest against the governor’s rule in the province.
The provincial leadership of JUI-F and BNP-Awami thanked the business community, and the people for making the strike call successful. Talking to The News, Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of the JUI-F said that the “complete” strike had proved that the people of the province had rejected the governor’s rule. During the strike, he alleged, the police had arrested over 100 activists of the JUI-F. He demanded to withdraw the governor’s rule and restore the government in the province. He vowed to continue the struggle for the restoration of democracy in the province.