Shutter-down strike marks Akbar Bugti’s death anniversary

QUETTA: A complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in Balochistan to mark the death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, on Tuesday.
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in a military operation back in 2006 along with more than 30 comrades in Marri-Bugti hills. Political pundits worldwide are of the view that the incident changed the course of political events in Balochistan as the size of the Baloch armed groups for autonomy loomed ever larger, turning Balochistan into a politically disturbed destination. Business and trade activities in Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Kech, Panjgur, Gwadar, Khuzdar, Naushki, Chagai, Sibi, Dera Bugti, Dera Allahyar, Dera Murad Jamali, Awaran, Lesbela, Bolan, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Kharan and other districts of Balochistan came to complete standstill due to the strike called by Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Baloch National Front (BNF) and Jamhoori Waten Party (JWP). PML-N, Balochistan National Party (BNP) and student organisations supported the strike call. All the shops, trading centres and commercial establishments in Quetta remained closed while traffic was comparatively thin on the roads. The government and private schools remained closed in response to the strike call. In Dera Bugti, militants tried to bomb a patrolling vehicle of police. An IED planted beside the road exploded after a police mobile passed by. Police personnel escaped unhurt in the attack. The Balochistan government adopted strict security measures across the province with the huge deployment of Frontier Corps (FC), police, Balochistan Constabulary and Balochistan Levies.

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