Karachi: Bus, car torched ahead of strike
KARACHI: Tension gripped parts of the city late on Thursday following firing incidents and arson attacks apparently in an attempt to enforce a shutdown strike called for Friday by different political parties against power outages in the city, officials said. They said the scattered incidents of firing and arson were witnessed in different localities that left some three people injured.
In the first of the incidents, a passenger coach came under an armed attack near Banaras Chowk that left three people injured. “No one among the injured received serious wounds and all of them have been shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment,” said an official at the Pirabad police station. “The attackers were on a motorbike and it was seen more as an attempt to cause panic and fear than killing someone.”
Later, armed men in Saddar intercepted a Green Bus of the city government and set it on fire. Officials at the central fire station said two fire tenders took part in the firefighting operation.
“But the rear of the vehicle was completely burnt before the fire tenders reached the spot,” added the official.
Intense firing incidents were also reported in New Karachi, Qasba Colony, Landhi, Old Sabzi Mandi, Sachal and parts of Gulistan-i-Jauhar.
Later in the night, a car was also set on fire near old Sabzi Mandi while fuel stations in most parts of the city wrapped up their regular operations much before their usual time. Motorists were seen lined up outside the few open stations.