QUETTA: A shutter down strike was being observed on Friday in Quetta and in a number of districts in Balochistan province against the arrest of Jamhoori Watan Party’s provincial chief Shahzain Bugti and his personal guards.
Television reports said a partial shutter down strike was being observed in several areas of Quetta.
The administration had deployed police and Balochistan Constabulary across the city to avoid any untoward incident.
According to one report, JWP activists resorted to aerial firing in some parts of Quetta. Subsequently, the police seized their weapons and arrested at least nine persons who were forcing shopkeepers to shut down their businesses for the day.
On December 22, paramilitary troops arrested Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, along with several personal guards, after finding a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition in vehicles of his convoy coming from the border town of Chaman.