LARKANA – On the call of the Sindh Bachayo Committee, the nationalist parties observed a wheel-jam strike Wednesday in different districts of the province, protesting against the newly-promulgated Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance 2012. The SBC includes all the nationalist parties of the province; the Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, Awami Tehreek, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz and Sindh United Party.Public transport remained thin in Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts. Various rallies were taken out by nationalists in Larkana, Mithi, Naukot, Sanghar, Khipro, Mirpurkhas and other districts and its cities.In Larkana, scores of activists of nationalist parties blocked the National Highway from Hyderabad via Sukkur and Indus Highway from Jamshoro tool-plaza via Dadu-Larkana and Jacobabad-Kashmore for many hours. Flow of traffic remained suspended between Sindh and other provinces. The political parties including the PML-N, PML-F and JUI-F also joined the nationalist parties in this regard. In Mithi a rally was taken out from the Press Club to Kashmir Chowk. The Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party led the rally in which protestors chanted anti-government slogans and observed sit-in at the main road, blocking vehicular traffic for three hours.A similar rally was taken out in Mirpurkhas, by all nationalist parties. They marched at various roads and blocked Mirpurkhas-Hyderabad road at Ratanabad.The Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz and Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party led rallies in Sanghar and Khipro from in cities of district Sanghar. Talking to media, SBC Coordinator Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah said that the rulers have succumbed to the MQM pressure and, in the lust of power, agreed to divide the Sindh. He said under the dual system of local government in the province; some cities would be ruled by mayors and other districts will have district councils. He alleged by doing so, the ports and other source of provincial economy would be given to one ethnical party.On the occasion, STPP leader Dr Qadir Magsi said that the terrorists and extortionists have already hijacked the economic hub of the country, making the lives of the people miserable. “The people are unable to have their business or routine chores in cities,’ he added. Awami Tehreek leader Ayaz Latif Palejo said their strikes are peaceful for the time being, but if their concerns were not listened to, they would go to any extent to save division of Sindh. “Our calm and peaceful protests and strikes should not be treated as out weakness,” he said calling upon the PPP rulers to review their decision and repeal the ordinance.