15 Jul, 2010
QUETTA: A strike was observed in different cities and towns of Balochistan and protest rallies held in other parts of the country on Thursday to condemn the assassination of Balochistan National Party-Mengal secretary-general Habib Jalib Baloch.
Responding to a strike call given by the BNP-M, protesters blocked national highways at Lakpass, Nushki, Khuzdar, Hub, Kolpur and Mach cutting off traffic between Balochistan and other parts of the country.
Shops and educational institutions remained closed in Quetta and traffic was thin on roads. However, government offices and banks functioned as usual.
Lawyers boycotted courts in response to a call by the Balochistan Bar Association, Balochistan High Court Bar Association and Balochistan Bar Council.
The lawyers announced that court boycott would continue on Friday.
Some youths burnt tyres on the Sariab road and blocked it for traffic. Police fired shots into the air and used tear-gas shells to disperse them.
A BNP-M spokesman said that police had detained 34 activists of the party in the Sariab and New Sariab police stations.
He said traders observed strike in Nushki, Dalbandin, Chagai, Mastung, Kalat, Awaran, Wadh, Naal, Hub, Kharan, Washak, Panjgur, Pasni, Turbat, Mach, Sibi, Dera Murad Jamali and Barkhan.
Workers of several political parties and Non-Government Organisations also held demonstrations outside the press club in Hyderabad to protest against the murder.
Sindh Hari Porhiyat Council president Punhal Sario, Dr Sultan Ahmed Janjhi and Taj Mari warned on the occasion that murder of politicians could lead to the disintegration of the country.
They accused FC and agencies of unleashing a reign of terror in the country’s largest province and said that Balochistan issue could not be resolved by use of force.
In Shikarpur, activists of the Sindh United Party and Jeay Sindh Mahaz took out a procession and blocked roads. They called Mr Jalib’s murder an act of state terrorism.