QUETTA-Complete wheel-jam and shutter-down strike was observed on Thursday in Quetta and other parts of the province on the call of Anjuman Itihad Marri in connection with the first death anniversary of Baloch leader Mir Balach Marri. He was killed last year in an armed clash between security forces and Baloch fighters at Pak-Afghan border. The strike call was also supported by other Baloch nationalist parties including Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Balochistan National Front (BNF), Balochistan Republican Party (BRP), Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), National Party (NP) Baloch Students organisation (BSO) and Baloch Women Panel (BWP). Routine life in Quetta was paralysed by the complete wheel-jam and shutter-down strike as all markets, shops and business centres remained closed and vehicular traffic remained off roads. The main business areas of the City including Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Abdul Sattar Road, Sariab Road, Brewery Road and other areas were completely closed. In some localities protesters resorted to stone-pelting and setting tyres on fire at Sariab Road and Double Road due to which glasses of several vehicles were smashed. However, after reaching of security personnel at the site, the protesters dispersed. All govt and private education institutions were closed as govt had already announced closure of educational institutions while attendance in offices also remained thin as majority of the employees of govt departments, banks and post offices could not reach their offices because of the non-availability of transport. Security was also beefed up in the City and the personnel of law enforcement agencies including police, Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan Constabulary (BC) and others continued patrolling different areas of the City throughout the day. However, except few minor incidents in Quetta City, no major incident was reported from any part of the province. The reports reaching from other towns of Balochistan including Mastung, Naushki, Kharan, Awaran, Khuzdar, Kalat, Hub, Panjgur, Kech, Gwadar, Jaffarabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Nasirabad, complete strike was also observed in those areas where people took out rallies and protested. Some enraged protesters also blocked Quetta-Karachi Highway at Manguchar area by erecting barricades which suspended the traffic and caused hardship to the passengers. The sources said that unknown armed persons also attacked a convoy of Frontier Corps in Sangsilla area of Dera Bugti by heavy weapons. However, on retaliation, the attackers escaped from the scene. Talking to newsmen, DIG operations Quetta Wazir Khan Nasir said that at least 39 political activists were arrested on charge of forcibly closing the shops and pelting stones on the vehicles. Najeeb Baloch member of Central Committee Anjuman Itihad Marri talking to media thanked business community and transporters for observing complete wheel-jam and shutter-down strike across Balochistan. He said that Nawabzada Balach Marri sacrificed his life for the self-determination of Baloch people not for a few seats in the Parliament. He said that Baloch people should follow his path and materialise his dream.