QUETTA A wheel-jam strike Monday paralysed traffic on the national highways of Balochistan, linking Quetta with the rest of the country. The strike given by Balochistan Zamindar Action Committee (BZAC) was also supported by other political parties to protest against long hours of loadshedding and delay in repairing the damaged electricity towers. The BZAC activists blocked the highways linking Quetta to Karachi, Sibbi, Chaman, Loralai and Dera Ghazi Khan at different areas by erecting barricades, which stranded hundreds of vehicles, including NATO containers. The strike caused inconvenience to thousands of commuters on their way to different destinations. Chairman BZAC talking to media termed the strike successful and warned if their genuine demands were not accepted, they would come up with more massive protests. Agriculture is already destroyed due to long drought in Balochistan while the unprecedented loadshedding has further complicated the situation for the poor peasants, he said, adding that Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had promised a few days back to ensure uninterrupted power supply for 15 hours a day to the farmers but he could not keep his words, which compelled them to resort to protest. He said Qesco authorities were giving lame excuses about repairing the power pylons, damaged in blasts 22 days back. Crops have been destroyed and it has become difficult for the growers to pay their monthly tariff, he said. He urged the government to evolve a strategy immediately and ensure power supply for at least 15 hours in the rural areas. Shafiq Khattak, the Qesco chief, said owing to the law and order situation prevailing in the province, the Qesco workers could not complete the repair work of damaged towers. But he assured to repair the transmission lines within week and supply electricity to the growers of Balochistan according to the promise made by the chief minister. It is pertinent to mention that unidentified people had blown up nine towers in Nasirabad district of which six have been repaired so far. Agencies add: The protesting farmers also took out rallies in Kharan, Kalat and many others towns of the province. The growers in Balochistan are badly hit by the energy crisis as overwhelming majority them is dependent on tube-wells, but most parts of the province are experiencing 18 hours long power outages for the last three weeks. The farmers are passing through very difficult times, their crops and fruit farms worth millions are being destroyed due to non-availability of water as a result of loadshedding.