QUETTA - Following the call of All Parties Coordination Committee (APCC) and Anjuman-e-Tajaran, a complete shutter-down strike was observed in the provincial capital and other towns of Balochistan on Saturday against prevailing lawlessness, recovery of bullet riddled bodies and rising incidents of kidnapping for ransom. It may be mentioned here that kidnapping for ransom, recovery of bullet riddled bodies of political workers and incidents of target killing have become order of the day across the province. APCC which is an alliance of different political, religious parties, transporters, lawyers and other organisations has launched a joint struggle against lawlessness in the province. In Quetta, all the main markets and shopping centres located on Jinnah Road, Shara-e-Iqbal, Abdul Sattar Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Sirki Road, Double Road, Sariab Road and Brewery Road were shut down while traffic plying on the roads of the city was thin as compared to normal days. Similarly, attendance in govt offices was also low. To make their strike a successful, the workers of different political parties in the morning visited different parts of the city and asked shopkeepers to shut down their shops. Owning to closure of restaurants, bread shops and medical stores people faced great difficulties. The strike call was also supported by transporters and truck unions. In order to maintain peace in the city, provincial government had made stringent security arrangements as police backed by Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary were deployed in different area. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. Talking to the media, President of Balochistan Anjuman-e-Tajaran flayed the provincial government for, what he termed, the governments failure in establishing its writ to bring anti-social elements to the book and normalise the situation. Law and order has been worsening day by day as incidents of kidnapping for ransom and looting shops have badly affected business community, he added.