News Desk:

The bordering city of Chaman has entered its third consecutive day of a complete strike, leading to the closure of all government offices, including the DC complex. The shutdown has also affected banks and private offices, with the Quetta Chaman highway remaining inaccessible.

Amidst the ongoing strike, a delegation from Jamiat Ulama e Islam (JUI), led by Senator Maulana Abdul Wasay, met with Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti to discuss the tense situation. The Chief Minister has committed to resolving the issues through dialogue and has assured that the government will refrain from using force against the citizens.

Despite these assurances, the city continues to experience tension following violent incidents the previous day. Although only minor clashes were reported this morning, no significant incidents have occurred. A large number of people continue their sit-in outside the DC office, demanding action. The protesters have expressed concerns that the leaders arrested during the Chaman sit-in have not been presented in court even after 48 hours. They also note the absence of the Deputy Commissioner and other district officers from their offices for the third day.

The sit-in participants have highlighted that neither the provincial nor the central government has initiated negotiations with the protesters, leaving the situation unresolved.

The community awaits a peaceful resolution as the sit-in persists and the city’s normal operations¬†remain¬†halted.

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