Quetta-Chaman highway remains closed second day

CHAMAN: Goods Trucks Owners Association blocked Quetta-Chaman highway at Garang here Sunday. It was second day of blockade by them against bhatta at private check posts. Angry tribal also blocked the same highway at Zarra Bund against abduction of two tribesmen and hijack of trucks loaded with goods. They also blocked train service at the same point.

Closure of highway and trains caused difficulties for the travellers. Supply of goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan as well as Pak-Afghan Transit Trade was also affected. President Goods Truck Association Haji Masoom Khan, Secretary General Haji Murtaza and others told that there is no writ of government in Killa Abdullah. Drivers are forced to pay money at the private check posts at the behest of administration.

They demand Rupees five thousand at Baleli check post and in case of non payment trucks are unloaded. Angry tribesmen also blocked Quetta-Chaman highway at Zarra Bund today against abduction for ransom, snatching of vehicles and unnecessary harassing drivers at private check posts.

They said Quetta-Chaman highway has become insecure. There is nothing like law. Vehicles are snatched from drivers as routine.

Later Deputy Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Bangulzai and tribes held talks and as a result of successful talks, highway was opened after 13 hours.

Deputy Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Bangulzai told that admitting genuine demands AC Killa Abdullah has been suspended while private check posts along Quetta-Chaman highway would be eliminated within one week.

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