QUETTA: The US embassy in Islamabad on Friday confirmed that the provincial chief of Jahmoori Watan Party (JWP) Shahzain Bugti had communicated with them at the time of his arrest two days ago.
Jamhoori Watan Party’s provincial chief Shahzain Bugti arrives at the Anti Terrorism Court in Quetta.
Talking to Express News, US embassy spokesman Alberto Rodrix said that Shahzain had contacted an official in the American embassy.
Rodrix said that Bugti had discussed his arrest with the official. The spokesman said said that the US respects Pakistani law and that Bugti’s arrest is Pakistan’s internal matter.
Shahzain Bugti, the grandson of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, was arrested by paramilitary troops on Wednesday when they found a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions from vehicles in his convoy during a snap check at the Buleli check-post on the outskirts of Quetta.
The JWP called for a shutter-down strike in Balochistan today to protest the the arrest of Shahzain Bugti.
Various parts of Balochistan observed the strike.
In Quetta, business centres remained closed and few vehicles ventured on to the city’s roads. Tight security measures were in place to avoid any untoward incident, with political parties and trade organizations also supporting the strike.
Shahzain Bugti’s arrest: Shutter down strike being observed in Balochistan
JWP activists forcefully closed shops and resorted to aerial firing in a few areas in Quetta, with police confiscating their firearms.