Quetta: The Pakistan Coal Suppliers Association and Good Transport Association has announced it would stop supply of coal in the entire nation from Balochistan if they were not provided with adequate protection, media reports said.
Speaking at a joint press conference, the President of Balochistan Goods Transport Association Noor Ahmed Kakar, and the General Secretary of Coal Suppliers Association Muhammad Din Sanzarkhail, told Dawn News that unknown armed men punctured the tyres of 42 trucks carrying coal from Harnai and Duki coal fields to Punjab and other areas of the country.
The armed men held up all 42 trucks at gunpoint in the Charat area on Harnai road and opened fire, reports the newspaper.
They not only punctured tyres but also damaged the trucks.
They said that coal suppliers and transporters were paying Rs230 per tonne to the Frontier Corps for providing security to the trucks transporting coal to other cities.
“The firing incidents took place on June 1 on Harnai road, not far from a security checkpoint,” they said, adding that the government has failed to provide security to the trucks and coal suppliers.