Strike against nuclear tests in Chaghai

QUETTA: A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Baloch-dominated districts of Balochistan on Wednesday against the atomic explosions that were carried out in Balochistan’s Chaghai District on May 28, 1998. The call for the strike was jointly given by the Baloch National Front, Baloch National Movement and Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Azad). The protesting leaders said skin cancers, hitherto unknown to this region, have become common among the poverty-ridden populace of Balochistan. The shutter-down strike was observed in Kech, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara, Panjgoor, Mandhoshaap, Dasht Buleda, Zamran, Awaran, Mashky, Basima, Kalat, Mangochar, Khuzdar, Kharan, Gresha, Jhao, Hub and other areas. Traffic was thin due to the strike. According to the reports reaching here, various awareness gatherings were organised under the banner of nationalist parties. Speaking on the occasion, the leaders lashed out at the government for conducting the atomic explosions in Balochistan. They were of the view that the consequent radiation has had negative health impact on the local people, and diseases such as skin cancers, hitherto unknown to this region, have become common among the populace. They also claimed that frequent draughts and famines are a direct result of the nuclear explosions, and added that the Baloch areas were left reeling under the aftermath of the explosion, without any aid. They alleged that this was tantamount to the genocide of the Baloch populace, adding that the Baloch areas are under severe threat, and locals are being intimidated. The protesters appealed to the international human rights organisations to take notice of alleged atrocities in Balochistan. 

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