Karachi comes to deadlock as arson attacks, more deaths to violence
KARACHI: As reported by the Dawn News on Thursday, life in the city came to a virtual standstill amid fear and tension on Wednesday, with most public transport vehicles staying off the roads and businesses remaining shut following a call for a ‘day of mourning’ after around 30 people were killed, 12 of them in the Shershah scrap market attack, in the renewed wave of violence on Tuesday.
Scattered incidents of violence that continued into the night through the early morning caused residents to stay indoors and kept businesses closed even in densely populated neighbourhoods.
Partner in the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government both in the centre and Sindh, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had announced the day of mourning over the loss of lives.
A water tanker bearing registration number LF-9240 was set on fire in New Karachi near Saba Cinema. In Landhi, a bus of route 17-H met the same fate. In Malir, an exchange of fire between law-enforcers and some armed men was followed by an arson attack on roadside shops that left a fruit shop and five makeshift stalls completely destroyed.
On the call of business community representatives, who had announced that they would keep the business closed to condemn the act of terrorism, major business centres and markets remained closed. A large number of petrol pumps also remained closed, while the few others which were open were seen catering to long queues of vehicles.
“Almost all commercial and business centres in the city remained closed in protest against the killings,” said Siddique Memon, chairman of the Karachi Traders Action Committee.
“The traders have nothing to do with any mourning call given by political parties. In fact the decision to keep the business closed was taken in view of the government’s failure to provide security to the city’s markets and traders, who paid taxes under 16 different heads.”
However, the transport bodies had announced that they would not bring vehicles on roads on the day of mourning, citing security concerns.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.