QUETTA - Hundreds of activists of Balochistan Trader Association (BTA) took out a rally and blocked roads in the provincial capital.

The protesters were out against an attempt to kidnap a local trader in broad daylight on Saturday. Some unidentified armed men tried to kidnap Mehdi Hazara, owner of Sadat Shoes Centre, at Suraj Ganj Bazaar but the latter failed the attempt. The area people gathered around which foiled the crime.

Following the incident, the traders closed down their shops and set old tyres on fire in Jinnah Road and Manan Chowk to protest against the kidnapping incidents.

The rally led by BTA leaders Qayyum Agha, Allah Dad marched through various roads of the city and staged a demonstration at Manan Chowk. They were chanting slogans against the administration, demanding for stern actions against the involved elements.

The protesters said that the government had left Quetta at the mercy of kidnappers, adding that culprits had made the lives of people miserable. They also said that few days back kidnappers gunned down a trader named Zohib Bohra, adding that the police was not successful in making any arrest.

They said that if immediate action was not taken against criminals operating in the city, the people would pick up guns for their safety.