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Balochistan shuts down to protest Bugti's killing

The strike, called by the Oppn, is also against Pak's refusal to hand over Bugti's body to his heirs.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 16:19 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

The Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) in Pakistan, along with other Opposition parties, has given a call for a day's strike on Wednesday in Balochistan to protest against the killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

The strike is also against the refusal of the Pakistan establishment to hand over Bugti's body to his heirs, and the subsequent arrest of political activists.

According to The News, the strike is in accordance with the protest programme announced by the nationalist and other opposition political parties under which rallies were taken out in Quetta and other parts of the province on September 3.

"The rulers have martyred Nawab Akbar Bugti. The rulers have closed the doors of democratic institutions for the people, thus making protests necessary," the paper quoted Sardar Akhtar Mengal, leader of Balochistan National Party, as saying in an interview with a foreign news agency.

A similar shutter-down and wheel-jam strike would be observed on September 12, said the paper.

The Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement (PONM) and ARD leaders have appealed to the people to make the strike a success.

Meanwhile, a peace committee in the province called upon the residents of Quetta to play their role in maintaining peace and promoting brotherhood in the province.

The committee, which met here on Tuesday evening, observed that the masses were in favour of demonstrations and public meetings and political parties have the right to lodge their peaceful protest.

According to the paper, the strikes observed in the past two weeks in the province had badly affected business, and it had become quite difficult for people, especially daily wage workers, to make both ends meet.

First Published: Sep 06, 2006 14:58 IST