Staff Reporter: 

Traders blocked the main Quetta Karachi highway at Lak Pass against increasing incidents of robberies. The traders’ community staged a sit-in against lawlessness and increasing robbery incidents.

Rahim Agha, the President of the traders’ community in Balochistan led the protesters. The protesters chanted slogans against the government and district administrations for their failure to protect the lives and properties of the masses.

“Our people are not safe on this highway”, Rahim Agha said. He said 50 trucks loaded with goods were robbed in the Mangochar area of Kalat the other day. “The administration was a silent spectator”, Mr. Agha claimed.

Long queues of vehicles on both sides of the highway were witnessed because of the blockade of the highway. Passengers remained the worst sufferers of the protest staged by the traders’ community. People could not reach their destinations on time because of the blockade of the road.

Senior administration officials reached the spot and held successful negotiations with protesting traders. They assured that the government has taken notice of their protest and that traders and passengers would be provided security on the Quetta Karachi highway.

Subsequently, the protesting traders reopened the road for traffic.

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