Balochistan Transporters' Strike Enters 10th Day Over New Security Check Posts

Balochistan's highways blocked for 10 days as transporters protest new security checkpoints, disrupting travel and trade. Negotiations ongoing to balance security and smooth operations.

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Balochistan Transporters' Strike Enters 10th Day Over New Security Check Posts

Balochistan Transporters' Strike Enters 10th Day Over New Security Check Posts

Balochistan's highways have been obstructed at various locations for 10 consecutive days as transporters go on strike against the provincial government's decision to set up additional security check posts on major roads. The move came in response to the killing of 9 people from Punjab in Noshki by gunmen who targeted them based on their ethnic identity.

The transporters have rejected the new security protocols, arguing they were prepared without their consultation. They are demanding the abolition of the newly established check posts, which they say are causing great difficulties for the people. Despite assurances from provincial ministers to resolve the issues, the demonstrations persist to disrupt travel across Balochistan.

Negotiations have been held between the provincial government and the transporters' union leaders. Home Minister Ziaullah Langau and Agriculture Minister Mir Asadullah Baloch have promised to take up the transporters' demands with Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo to find a resolution to the ongoing crisis. They assured the union that the issues will be resolved through mutual consultation.

Why this matters: The prolonged strike is not only impacting transportation within Balochistan but also disrupting inter-provincial travel and trade. The situation highlights the challenges in balancing security measures with the smooth flow of goods and people in the region.

Merchants in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, have also been protesting for the past 10 days against raids and checks by Pakistani security forces, including the Frontier Corps (FC) and Customs, at the new check posts. The traders claim these actions are disrupting their businesses and causing significant economic harm. They are demanding an immediate end to what they describe as an "economic assassination," asserting that their businesses operate legally.

As the strike enters its 10th day, the government and transporters have yet to reach a resolution. Home Minister Langau stated, "We will take up the demands of the transporters with the Chief Minister and try to resolve their issues through mutual consultation." The ongoing negotiations aim to find a balance between addressing security concerns and ensuring the smooth operation of transportation and trade in Balochistan.

Key Takeaways

  • Balochistan's highways blocked for 10 days as transporters protest new security checkposts.
  • Transporters demand abolition of checkposts, claim they were set up without consultation.
  • Negotiations ongoing between govt and transporters, but strike continues to disrupt travel and trade.
  • Quetta merchants also protest against security forces' raids and checks at new checkposts.
  • Govt aims to balance security concerns and smooth transportation/trade operations in Balochistan.