Religious, political parties call for shutdown in Quetta

QUETTA (Web Desk) – Shutter down strike in being observed in the southwestern city of Quetta on the call of religious and political parties to protest against satirical French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing blasphemous caricatures, Dunya News reported.

Markets and shops were closed in the city while major roads witnessed thin traffic.

Different parties including Islami Jamiat Nazriati, Alhe Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Balochistan Muttahida Muhaaz and other groups will take out rally from Hockey Chowk which will conclude at Bacha Khan Chowk.

COUNTRYWIDE PROTESTS

Earlier on Thursday, thousands of people marched in Karachi against Charlie Hebdo as anger remains high in Pakistan over the publication of images depicting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The march through the streets of Karachi was the biggest in a series of demonstrations against the magazine, whose Paris offices were attacked on January 7 by gunmen, killing 12 people.

Protesters carried green flags and chanted anti-Charlie Hebdo slogans as they marched.

“Down with Charlie Hebdo, down with the blasphemers,” they shouted.

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