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Death anniversary of Akbar Bugti; isolated shutter down strike


Dera Bugti: A partial shutter down strike was observed on Friday in isolated areas of Balochistan province on the 10th death anniversary of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti.

The dissident Baloch leader Akbar Bugti died on 26th August 2006 in an operation carried out by Pakistan Army during General Mushrraf’s era.

The shutter down strike was announced by the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) and Jamhori Watan Party (JWP). However, except for a few scattered areas, markets remained open and carried on business as usual, as per media reports.

Moreover, foolproof security arrangements were made on this occasion by the provincial government and Law Enforcement Agencies.

Former Baloch leader Akbar Bugti served as governor, chief minster and also the minister of several portfolios in National Assembly.

He migrated to mountainous area of Dera Bugti after the operation was launched by Pakistan Army in 2005. He got killed when the cave he was hiding in, collapsed on 26th August 2006. Several Pak Army personnel also embraced martyrdom in the caving-in incident.

Case of his murder was registered on the direction of Balochistan High Court (BHC) after three years of his death in 2009 and after five years of case registration, the indictment was pronounced against General Mushrraf and former prime minister Shukat Aziz.

After his killing, Balochistan witnessed a few isolated protests and clashes but soon after the incident, the army took control over the area and soon brought the situation under control.