Shutter-down strike across Sindh

Ppi May 20, 2010

SUKKUR: A shutter-down strike was observed across Sindh on Thursday on the call of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Muhaz (JSMM).

They announced the strike to protest against the government’s failure to arrest the men behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Mushtaq Khaskheli. In Sukkur, Shahi Bazaar, Anaj Bazaar and Sarafa Bazaar remained closed and petrol pumps were also shut down. Security arrangements across the city were tightened and temporary check posts were established.

On JSMM’s appeal, the shutter-down strike also took place in Thatta, where all business centres and petrol pumps were closed, while there was hardly any traffic on the roads. In Shikarpur, the strike was observed to put pressure on the government to accept their demands, including the release of arrested JSMM activists and ensure that Punjab does not interfere in Sindh’s affairs.

The bazaars and other trade centres remained closed. Shops and businesses remained closed in Ghotki, Mirpur Mathelo, Wara, Padidan, Larkana, and other areas.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 21st, 2010.