ASWJ blocks Balochistan roads against 'operation'
25 February, 2013
QUETTA: All the national routes of Balochistan were blocked for traffic on Sunday by the workers of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) against the killing and arrest of their leaders and members in search operations by the Frontier Corps.
Following the protest, Quetta city's road links to other areas of the province were completely cut.
Burning tires on the roads, the ASWJ activists shouted slogans against the government and the authorities concerned. The call for the strike was given by the ASWJ leadership in reaction to the killings and arrests of their leaders and firing on a rally in Liquat Bazaar the other day, in which seven party workers were injured.
The activists blocked all the main roads in Bolan, Dhadar, Dera Allah Yar, Sibbi, Noshki, Mastung, Khuzdar, Dalbandin, Taftan, Hub, Qila Abdullah, Yaro and Loralai for all kinds of traffic.
Long queues of vehicles, including public transport, could be seen waiting for the strike to end.
ASWJ Balochistan Chapter President Ramzan Mengal, talking to the workers, said that the party activists could render any sacrifice for the protection of the honour and sanctity of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
He said that when the party talked about the sanctity of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), its workers were killed and arrested in the name of operations. He said that the authorities had mistakenly assumed that the ASWJ workers would be frightened.
He said that the party workers would continue their struggle until death.