Partial strike was observed in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa on Wednesday after the tripartite alliance of the Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has given a call for the strike against the alleged rigging and mismanagement in local bodies’ elections.
The alliance has demanded the provincial government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to quit the government and conduct free and fair general elections and local government elections under a caretaker government. The Allaince had also rejected the negotiation offer through an official delegation which met on Tuesday with the leadership of the alliance at Bacha Khan Markaz.
Activists of JUI and ANP were on the leading front and in some areas of the city they forced the traders to shut down their shutter as protest.
At university road activist of ANP and JUI used baton when a shopkeeper refused to down his shutter to join the strike. However Police quickly intervened and tried to remove the protestors from the sight.
ANP General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain, PPP’s Najmudin Khan and Ghulam Ali of JUI had led the protestors that marched on the city roads and asked the traders, who were not on strike, to close down their businesses.
The protestors blocked GT road at various points and chanted slogans against PTI government. At some areas laud speakers were used to convince the traders to shut their shops.
Most of the city bazaars were opened before the charged activists of JUI and ANP holding sticks have forced them to close their shops. After passed of processions, the traders would once again open their shops and turning a deaf year to the opposition calls for the strike.