QUETTA: Protestors blocked the Quetta-Chaman highway on Monday, demanding that the government resolve the gas and power crisis in the province.
Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying NATO supplies vehicles are stranded because of the blockade.
A call for a strike had earlier been given by the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and the Kuchlak Action Committee.
Baloch insurgents have intensified their attacks on vital gas pipelines and power transmission pylons in recent days, depriving the entire province of power and gas facilities for days and causing losses worth over Rs100 million to the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC).
As many as 10 gas pipelines, including two high pressure pipelines, and four power pylons of 132KV and 220 KV transmission lines were blown up within the last week.
The gas pipelines are six to eight thousands kilometers long and supply gas to 12 districts and 29 small townships of the province. The remaining 18 districts have no gas facilities.
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