QUETTA, 06 May: A complete shutter-down strike against changes in Economic Corridor route was observed in Quetta today.
Awami National Party (ANP) had given the strike call, which was supported by a number of other political parties and local trader community. Traders also held a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club.
Talking to TNN, ANP provincial chief Asghar Khan said that the Quetta government should inform the federal government about the indignation of the residents of Balochistan over the issue of changes in Gwadar-Kashghar route. “The provincial government of Balochistan should apprise the federal government about the resentment prevailing among the resident of this province. People are not ready to accept proposed changes in the route of Economic Corridor,” he said.
It merits mentioning here that the federal government has clarified more than once that there would be no change in the route. However, it failed to convince the political parties. ANP has also convened an all-party conference on 16th of this month in Quetta to highlight the issue.