QUETTA: A complete shutter down strike was observed Sunday in Balochistan over the brutal Mastung massacre.
Besides Quetta, shutter-down strike was observed in Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Chaman, Zhob, Loralai and other districts of the province.
According to the details, all the main markets, bazaars and petrol pumps were closed whereas public transport was also rare on the roads.
On this occasion, the national flag remained lowered and waved at half-mast on all the government buildings in the province. Moreover, heavy contingent of police and Rangers’ were deployed in the city and patrolling had been increased.
In Provincial capital Quetta, a shutter-down strike and day of mourning was observed today All shops and business centers remained closed while vehicular traffic remained sparse on roads as part of the strike being observed in the provincial capital city.
Almost all political parties of Balochistan had given the call of shutter-down strike to mourn the killings of Mastung bus passengers and express sympathy with victims’ families.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazriyati (JUI-N) activists and traders took to the streets in Quetta to ensure the closure of all shops and businesses.
However, JUI-N, an opposition religious party, has lashed out at the government for its failure to protect the lives and properties of masses.
“It is ironic that Prime Minister reached Karachi within hours of Safoora incident, but he is reluctant to come to Quetta,” Abdul Sattar Chishti, the Central Secretary Information JUI-I told reporters.
The strike was also backed by the traders community, civil society and other human rights organisations. “Killing of vulnerable people is extremely condemnable,” Shams Mandokhail, an activist of human rights commission Balochistan chapter said.
All the victims belonged to Killa Abdullah and Pishin districts and they were buried in the presence of thousands of mourners in their native areas.
The administration had taken strict security measures in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan to avoid occurence of any untoward incident during the strike.
Besides police and levies, personnel of frontier corps were also patrolling in sensitive parts of the province to maintain the order.