QUETTA: Protests against kidnappings and killings continued for fourth day in Quetta, with business and trade activities remaining closed for a third day.
The strike was called by government allies Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP), to protest against the kidnapping of Secretary General of Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) Quetta chapter Abdul Sadiq Norzai on Thursday.
Abdul Sadiq Norzai was kidnapped by a group of armed men from Saryab Road in the early hours of Thursday.
Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) took out a procession in the provincial capital and marched through different roads before holding a noisy demonstration outside Quetta Press Club. The protesters carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans in support of their demands.
JUI-F Quetta chapter chief Hafiz Hamdullah accused police and law enforcing agencies of backing criminals that are engaged in kidnappings and other crimes. “The government has completely failed to protect the life and property of common people. The political leaders are not spared by criminals and given complete impunity,” he said.
He said that recently an ANP leader had been deprived of his car as a group of armed men intercepted him and took away the car.
Shutter down strike continues in Quetta
All the shops, trading and shopping centres located on Liaquat Bazaar, Mission Road, Mechangi Road, Prince Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Zarghoon Road, Fatima Jinnah Road, Masjid Road, Jinnah Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Kansi Road, Almdar Road, Brewery Road and Joint Road remained closed for the day. The streets in these areas bore a deserted look with very little traffic plying.
Police, Anti-Terrorism Force (ATF) and other law enforcement agencies had been deployed in different parts of the city maintain peace.
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