A man comforts a mourner, following the killing of Shia Muslims, at a hospital in the northwestern district of Mansehra, Aug 16, 2012. — Photo by AFP

QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead eight people in attacks on two buses as rebels in Balochistan staged a strike to mark the anniversary of a tribal leader's death, officials said Monday.

There was a “complete strike” in provincial capital Quetta and several other districts on Sunday, local police chief Wazir Khan told AFP, with shops and markets closed and traffic brought to a standstill.

The halt was called by Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) leader Brahmdagh Bugti to mark the sixth anniversary of the death of his grandfather Akbar Bugti, a rebel chieftain killed in his mountain hideout during a military operation in 2006.

In the southeastern district of Bolan, gunmen opened fire on two buses late Sunday, killing eight people including two women, police official Iftikhar Bugti said.

BRP spokesman Sarbaz Baluch claimed responsibility for the shooting.

“We had launched an appeal for a complete strike and the buses bound for southern Sindh and central Punjab provinces had ignored our appeal. We therefore opened fire on them,” he said in a telephone call to AFP.

Separately three Shia Muslims were killed in a sectarian drive-by shooting on Monday, police officer Zakir Ali said.

Police and residents said Sunday's strike was almost complete across the impoverished and insurgency-hit province, with 21 out of 30 districts affected.

People blocked roads and erected barricades in several places on highways leading to Iran, the southern port of Karachi and other important cities, they said.

The strike was endorsed by other political and religious parties in the province, with around 300 people demonstrating in Quetta to demand the extradition and trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for ordering the operation in 2006.

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yasin majid
August 27, 2012 9:54 am
would that these people may know the worth of killing of one human being at earth!
August 27, 2012 9:41 am
O Allah, what is happening in Pakistan? What did the nation did to deserve this?
August 27, 2012 3:08 pm
Nothing to do with Allah, bad people doing bad things. Stop bothering or asking Allah why, its bad people without soul that are the cause and same soul-less police and courts that let them get away.
August 27, 2012 11:11 am
They do'nt know a thing or are trying to avoid knowing!
August 27, 2012 2:46 pm
Allah knows why this is happening but the people of Pakistan have turned a blind eye to all this. 60 years of cultivating violence and hatred to prove the existence of Pakistan is the cause.
Jaideep Gupta
August 27, 2012 9:50 am
This sectarian violence should be stopped once and for all. Killer should understand whom they are killing. They are their brother. People of the world now want to see a very strong Pakistan based on principle of good relationship with neighbours.They should inculcate humanitarian values.
August 27, 2012 9:38 am
Yes, BRP is a terrorist organization they are killing innocent people in a day light. They have no mercy on people now the goverment should have no mercy on BRP. When the Bloch cry about missing BRP members they should be reminded that the can not have it both way one hand do the killing and other hand enjoy the support of amnesty International for the total disregard for non locals. SAME ON BRP SHAME ON Baluchistan Provincial government for doing nothing as usual.
Jamshed Khan
August 27, 2012 9:09 am
Very obviously someone is trying to create further unrest. Whoever was killed, Balouchis or non-Balouchis, is just a true tragedy.
August 27, 2012 9:54 pm
I feel sympathy for Pakistanis and I would like you understand that murder and crime takes place in every country may not be with so much publicity given to crimes happening in Pakistan. All the innocent people please do not feel depressed. If you elect right persons to political offices, most of the crime will vanish.
August 27, 2012 8:50 am
Victims were probably non-Balochis, most probably Punjabis. Killers as usual will go free.
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