QUETTA (News Desk): A complete strike was observed here on Tuesday in protest against killing of eight innocent people in a suicide blast on Monday. The strike was called by political parties, including the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Awami National Party, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Pakistan Peoples Party, Balochistan National Party-Mengal and traders’ organisations. All shops, markets, shopping malls and business establishments remained closed in the city throughout the day to condemn terrorism. The Quetta city and areas on its outskirts presented a gloomy and deserted look. Traffic also remained thin as majority of the vehicles remained off the road. Most of the banks closed their main shutters, but served customers through small doors. Heavy contingents of police, Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps were deployed in and around the city to deal with any untoward situation. Political parties thanked people and the business community for keeping their business completely closed throughout the day. They said the peaceful people of Quetta had proved that they are against terrorism and want peace in Balochistan. Meanwhile, the CTD registered a FIR of the suicide attack. Police said that the FIR had been registered on a complaint of the Civil Lines SHO against unknown people under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-terrorist Act. A team of senior police officers was investigating the incident. The funeral prayer for two policemen and one Levies man, who lost their lives in the suicide blast, was performed at the Police Lines, Quetta. Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove, Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt, DIG Quetta Abdul Razzak Cheema and other officials attended the funeral. Eight people two police personnel and a Levies Force man among them were martyred and over 20 others injured in a suicide attack near Quetta district courts and press club on Monday. The suicide bomber had attempted to break through a police barrier and enter a rally, but blew himself up on facing resistance from security personnel, Quetta police chief DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema said, adding that eight people lost their lives and over 20 others were injured in the explosion. No one had claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing till late into night. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The officer said the target of the suicide bomber was apparently the (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat) rally being held outside the press club to mark the death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr. DIG Cheema said the police had cordoned off the area to provide security to the participants of the rally. “A youngster came to the site on foot and tried to break into the rally, but when the police personnel did not allow him to enter the area he blew himself up,” he said, adding that the police officials laid down their lives while saving those in the rally.