The Hindu traders and shopkeepers in the Wadh market of Khuzdar district, Balochistan, were receiving life threats by unidentified men after assassination of a businessman, Ashok Kumar.
Kumar was murdered on Monday after assailants opened fire at him, while he was at his shop in the Wadh market.
According to sources, unidentified men affixed pamphlets in the market and on signboards of the National Highway on Saturday in which they threatened the local Hindu traders of serious consequences, if they allowed female customers to enter in their shops.
The pamphlets were posted in the town after the assassination of Kumar, who was reportedly killed after refusing to pay extortion money five days ago.
The minority community complained that the process of investigation initiated by the administration and the police was slow and the murderers were at large.
Protesting against the pace of the investigation process and threatening pamphlets, representatives of trader association and workers of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) blocked the National Highway on Saturday, suspending traffic between Khuzdar and Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2021.