Karachi goes violent after attack rumours
KARACHI: As reported by the Dawn News on Saturday, many parts of the city descended into panic and fear on Friday after scattered incidents of firing and arson caused serious traffic jams on major roads and closure of businesses amid rumours about an attempt on the life of the Sunni Tehrik chief in Pakpattan.
Nearly an hour before sunset, gunfire in downtown areas forced traders to pull down shutters and sow fears in former district south of the city. Similar reports were received from Korangi, New Karachi, Shah Faisal Colony and parts of Landhi.
“The situation was controlled after a few incidents in different areas were reported,” said city police chief Fayyaz Khan Leghari.
He added that the incidents seemed to be a reaction to the reports of an assassination attempt on the Sunni Tehrik leader in Pakpattan. However, he said: “Additional force has been deployed in sensitive areas for security purposes.”
Earlier, rumours were circulating that Sarwat Ejaz Qadri was attacked in a Pakpattan procession being held to denounce bomb attacks on shrines.
It emerged later that in fact a single shot was fired when the gun of his security guard went off accidentally.
While the guard, Ali Ahmed Qadri, was wounded and subsequently shifted to a hospital, the reports about an attempt on the life of Qadri were based on rumours, police authorities confirmed.