A shutter down strike was observed on Tuesday in the Baloch-dominated areas of the province where nationalist groups had called a ‘black day’ against the 15th anniversary of the nuclear explosions in Chaghi.
Unlike other parts of the country where May 28 is observed as ‘Yaum-e-Takbeer,’ the day in many other parts of Balochistan is observed as a ‘black day’ on account of certain grievances by some moderate and hardliner parties.
The appeal for a strike and black day was made by Balochistan National Front (BNF) and supported by the Baloch Warna Tehreek and other parties of Balochistan who termed the nuclear explosions a disaster for the people of Balochistan, as it inflicted untold miseries on the local population.
The strike was observed in Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Awaran, Kharan and Hub.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2013.