Balochistan shuts down to protest student leaders’ killing

Strike observed in several cities of province on Baloch National Front’s call
QUETTA: A shutter down and wheel-jam strike was observed in many parts of Balochistan on Friday to protest against the killings of two Baloch student leaders, Qambar Chakar and Ilyas Nazar. The bullet-riddled bodies of the two students were found from Kech district on Wednesday.

The strike was also observed in Trubat, Mand, Tump, Khuzdar, Naal, Zehri, Naushki, Buleida, Gwadar, Pasni, Jiwani, Panjgur, Ormara, Dasht Plains, Hoshap, Kalat, Mashkay, Hub and Mastung in response to a call made by the Baloch National Front (BNF).

Most of the shopping and commercial centres remained closed for the day and the streets wore a deserted look with no traffic plying on the roads. There was very thin attendance in government offices in the absence of the public transport.

Women staged a protest rally in Turbat and marched through various parts of the city. They chanted slogans against the Frontier Corps, accusing them of killing the two Baloch students in illegal custody.

The protesters also burnt tyres on the Coastal Highway disrupting the flow of traffic.

Tough security measures were adopted during the strike to avoid any untoward incident. Personnel of the Frontier Corps and police patrolled the streets of Kech Valley — from Awaran to the border wih Iran. Unidentified people torched a private vehicle in Mastung.

According to a statement issued by the BNF on Friday, the strike will also be held today (Saturday).

Earlier, two bullet-riddled dead bodies of the student leaders were found in a deserted place near Pasni Road in Turbat, around 800 kilometres away from the provincial capital on Wednesday.

According to the Turbat police, local people spotted two bodies in Pidarak area, some 11-kilometres away from Turbat city, and informed the police. The dead bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital where they were identified as Qambar Chakar and Ilyas Nazar.

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