An announcement to this effect was jointly made by the Jamhori Watan Party (JWP) and Baloch Republican Party (BRP).

Many of the other political as well as nationalist parties, including PML-N, PPP, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, have responded to the strike call affirmatively, media reported.

After a wave of armed struggle started in Balochistan in 2004, Bugti was widely perceived as the leader but went underground in 2005.

Former President Gen Pervez Musharraf had launched amilitary operation against him. On August 26, 2006, Bugti was killed when a shell exploded in a cave located in Kohlu about 150 miles east of Quetta, leading to widespread unrest in the area.

He was born in Barkhan, the rural home of the Khetran – a Baloch tribe to which his mother belonged and now a district of Balochistan, on July 12, 1927.

He was the chief of the Bugti tribe and had served as minister of state for interior and governor of Balochistan. Musharraf is now facing a trial in connection with the killing of Bugti.

(Agencies)

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