Strike in Quetta against arrest, torture of Pakhtuns

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Quetta [Pakistan], Mar. 11 (ANI): A strike was observed in Quetta against the arrest and torture of Pakhtuns in various cities of Punjab and in Karachi. The strike was called by the Awami National Party (ANP) on Friday. Normal life in the region was paralyzed as shops, markets, shopping plazas and business centres remained closed in main areas. A heavy contingent of police and Frontier Corps personnel was deployed by the local authorities to prevent any untoward incident during the strike. ANP's Balochistan president Muham­mad Asghar Achakzai and deputy opposition leader in the provincial assembly Zamarak Khan Piralizai condemned the "racial profiling" of Pakhtuns and their arrest in Punjab. "There is no doubt that Pakhtuns as a nation have faced much more loss in the country due to terrorism than other communities. Despite this, they are suspected of being invo­lved in terrorist attacks," the Dawn quoted Achakzai as saying. Asserting that Pakistan cannot change its neighbours, Achakzai said, "we have to live with our neighbours; we should negotiate and resolve our issues with them." (ANI)