QUETTA-A peaceful and complete shutter-down strike was observed in provincial capital and many other parts of Balochistan on the second death anniversary of Baloch nationalist leader Nawabzada Balaach Marri on Friday. Balaach Marri was killed on November 20, 2007 in an armed clash between security forces and Baloch fighters near Pak-Afghan border. In many areas of southern and central Balochistan the traffic remained off the roads on the call of a wheel-jam strike by the Anjuman Itihad Marri which was also supported by the Baloch Republican Party, the Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Balochistan National Front, National Party and Baloch Women Panel and Baloch student organisations. The business community and traders responded positively to the strike call and all main shopping centers, plazas, markets and business establishments remained closed in Quetta and its surrounding areas during the day. According to reports reaching from other parts of Balochistan ,all kind of business activities remained suspended in Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Sibi, Machh, Nushki, Dalbandin, Wadah, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Dhadhar, Turbat, Pasni, Gwadar, Panjgour and Hub. All shops, business centers and educational institutes remained closed in these areas. Vehicular traffic also remained suspended. Workers and supporters of Baloch nationalist parties blocked national highways linking Quetta with Karachi, Quetta-Sibi and other parts of the country putting barricades. No passenger coach and other buses in the morning could leave for Karachi and other parts of the country from Quetta due to the blockade of highways at various points. All government and private educational institutions also remained closed while attendance in offices also remained thin as compared to normal days. Courts proceedings were also badly affected as lawyers did not appear in courts due to the strike call given by Baloch Bar Association. Traffic was also thin at the coastal highway linking Karachi to Gwadar and other areas of Makran. However, in Quetta, the wheel-jam strike call was partially observed, as traffic was witnessed plying on the roads of the City. A bakery shop owned by Abdul Jabbar was attacked with a grenade in Machh town. Grenade attack badly affected the shop ,however, no casualty occurred. The administration had deployed heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies, including police, Frontier Corps (FC), and the Balochistan Constabulary in Quetta to maintain peace during the strike. Mobile squads of police and FC continued patrolling the City throughout the day. Rallies and pubic meetings were also held in different towns of Balochistan including Sibi, Kech and Kharan in connection with death anniversary of Nawabazda Balaach Marri.