Traffic remained suspended between Khuzdar and Karachi for several hours while traders observed a complete shutter down strike in Wadh town of Balochistan’s Khuzdar district against the killing of a Hindu trader on Monday.
According to police, unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on a trader identified as Ashok Kumar in Wadh market when he was sitting in his shop.
As result of the firing, Kumar sustained injuries. He was taken to the government hospital Wadh where he succumbed to his injuries after receiving multiple bullet injuries.
The traders of Wadh shut down their shops soon after receiving information about the killing of the Hindu trader and blocked the National Highway by placing barricades, suspending traffic between Khuzdar and Karachi.
The protecting traders and workers of Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) chanted slogans against the local administration and concerned authorities.
On the occasion, the speakers strongly condemned the murder of the trader and alleged that the law enforcement institutions have failed to protect the life and property of the people. They demanded immediate arrest of the killers of Kumar.
However, after several hours of blocking the Quetta-Karachi highway, the protestors called off their protest and restored traffic between Khuzdar and Karachi after successful negotiation with SSP Khuzdar Arbab Amjad Ali Kasi and Assistant Commissioner Wadh Rehmat Murad Dashti.
They assured the killers would be arrested soon. No untoward incident took place during the strike.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2021.