Partial strike observed in Karachi

Karachi: The partial strike was observed in Karachi on Wednesday on the call of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) to protest murderous attack on its leader Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqui on Tuesday.

The tension however gripped many areas, as miscreants pelted stones on passing vehicles and burnt old tyres at the roads.

ASWJ leader Maulana Farooqui was injured when armed men opened fire on his vehicle near Moti Mehal area in Gulshan-e-Iqbal town yesterday killing six people including four policemen, his personal guard and a driver.

ASWJ central leader Allama Muhammad Ludhianvi had called on party workers to remain peaceful and cooperate with local authorities in establishing peace, however some incidents of violence had reported from different areas. ASWJ had said a day of mourning will be observed across Sindh while a ‘peaceful’ strike in Karachi.

Different areas of the city remained tense. Angry protesters in Shershah, Patel Para, Banaras, Lasbela, Qayyumabad and Gurumandir pelted stones on the cars and blocked the roads for traffic by burning tyres.

As the Transport Ittehad had also announced to keep public transport off the roads, office goers and other daily wageworkers faced immense difficulties in reaching their destinations. A very few minibuses were seen on roads however rickshaws and taxis took benefit of situation and operated fully charging higher fares. The Saddar and other business centers remained open as usual. The petrol pumps were closed since last evening and most of them were seen shut today however some others were opened providing relief to the motorists.

On the other hand, the University of Karachi cancelled BA, BSc and B. Ed examinations scheduled for today. The examinations have been delayed for indefinite period and new dates will be announced later, the KU spokesman said.

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