QUETTA - A complete strike was observed in Quetta and other Baloch dominated districts of Balochistan on second consecutive day on Friday. The strike call was given by the Baloch National Front (BNF) -- an alliance of various hardliner nationalist parties and organisations. The BNF had announced shutter down and wheel-jam strike from May 9 to May 11 to protest against the general elections in Balochistan.

In Quetta, markets, shops, petrol pumps, restaurants government and private offices remained closed. However, rare vehicles were seen on road in Quetta. Police backed by Frontier Corps, Balochistan Constabulary, Levies Force and other law enforcement agencies were deployed across the city. Other towns of Balochistan, including Turbat, Gwadar, Pasni, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Nushki, Chagai, Sibi and Nasirabad were remained closed and no traffic appeared on roads.

Transporters backed the strike and no traffic was seen even on highways.

Newspapers were also not distributed in Balochistan as hawkers’ union had announced that it would not distribute newspapers from May 9 to 11 due to security threats.