Strike paralyses social, business life in Karachi

KARACHI: The social and business life in the metropolis was paralyzed on Friday due to strike, called by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) against target killing of religious leaders and other people in Karachi.

The strike was also supported by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), traders associations, some opposition parties and public transporters.

All main markets and bazaars in the city remained closed, while public transport remained off the roads. The commuters faced hardships in reaching their offices and other destinations.

The private schools also remained closed, while attendance in public and private organizations remained low. Most of the commuters used rickshaws, bikes and taxis to reach their offices and other working places. Crowds of people were seen at bus stands waiting for an alternative to public transport.

Angry people also torched two buses in Lyari area. They also blocked roads at Guru Mandar, Lasbella, Sohrab Goth, Lee Market, Abul Hassan Ispahani Road, Patel Para and other areas, causing trouble to commuters and passing vehicles like taxis, rickshaws and bikes.

Rioters also blocked the National Highway near Quaidabad’s Murghi Khana. Aerial firing was also reported near Steel Town. Angry mob pelted a police mobile with stones, injuring a sub-inspector in the area.

The rickshaw and taxi drivers also faced trouble due to CNG stations closure for 24 hours due to load shedding management system.

The violent incidents, including target killings, continued in the city despite IGP Sindh had directed officials to adopt strict security measures in and around public places, shopping centres, parks, government and semi-government buildings, commercial and business centres, mosques and imambargahs.

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