QUETTA - On the call of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl), a complete shutter-down strike was observed in the provincial capital on Sunday against the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and lawlessness in the provincial capital Quetta. Unidentified armed men had kidnapped JUI-F’s district leader Haji Sadiq Nurzai from link Sariab Road of Quetta four days ago and released him on late Saturday night.

All business activities, centers, market and shops located on Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Double Road, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Share-e-Iqbal and other roads remained shut throughout the day.

The activists of JUI-F kept patrolling the City and forced the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed.  The JUI-F activists also tortured two shopkeepers when they refused to close down their shops. Police backed by Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps were deployed in the City to avoid any untoward incident. Police and FC mobiles also kept patrolling the City.

Dozens of workers of JUI-F took out a protest rally from Science College and after marching through various roads of the City gathered at Meezan Chowk where they held a demo.

The protesters were carrying placards inscribed with different demands, and chanting slogans against administration, saying it has failed to ensure security to the people.

They said the government had failed in maintaining peace in the City and the situation was worsening with each passing day. They said that kidnapping for ransom had become a profitable business in Balochistan and police and law-enforcement agencies seemed not to curb these incidents.

It may be mentioned here that the JUI-F also observed a shutter-down strike in Quetta on Friday.