A general strike was observed in most parts of Balochistan on Friday to mark the fifth death anniversary of veteran Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, paralysing the civic life and business activities for the day.
The former governor and chief minister, Nawab Akbar Bugti, was assassinated along with 33 other comrades during a military action near Teratani, an area between Kohlu and Dera Bugti, on August 26, 2006.
The strike call was jointly given by the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP-Talal and Aali groups) and backed by the Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP), Jaamat-i-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
All shops and markets on the Jinnah Road, Joint Road, Zarghoon Road, Prince Road, Saryab Road, Mezan Chowk and Shahra-i-Iqbal remained closed. Roads and streets wore a deserted look as medical stores and banks were also closed, while public transport also remained off the road.
No incident of violence was reported from any part of the province.
Dozens of activists of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP-Aali) staged a protest demonstration in front of the Quetta Press Club.
“The government is not serious in carrying out any investigation, which is why there has been no progress in this regard despite the lapse of two years,” said Jamil Bugti whose house was recently raided by security forces.
A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Khuzdar, Kech, Kalat, Mastung, Lasbela, Kharan, Washuk, Panjgur, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara, Tump, Hub, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sibi, Harnai.
Members of Jamhoori Wattan Party (Karachi chapter) held a demonstration in front of the Karachi Press Club. Muhammad Nawaz Inqilabi , a JWP member, said his party was seeking justice for the Bugti tribe. (WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY MADIHA ASIF)
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.