4 dead as violence erupts in Karachi
KARACHI: Four people were killed, several others injured and many vehicles were torched in the city late on Wednesday night when violence broke out after Zulfiqar Mirza levelled serious allegations against MQM leader Altaf Hussain.
The first one to die was 22-year-old Ziauddin who was gunned down by assailants riding a motorcycle near Abdullah Heights in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Zuhaib Hassan, 22, was shot dead by unknown motorcyclists in Shah Faisal Colony, police said. An unknown man died when some assailants sprayed him with bullets in the Usmanabad area of Garden. Meanwhile, a 35-year-old woman was shot dead in the Hussainabad area, Azizabad. She was a passer-by and her identity could not be established immediately.
Miscreants set two trailers on fire in Nazimabad and a bus at UP Morr. Two vehicles were torched at Habib Bank Chowrangi in the SITE area, and another vehicle was set ablaze at Water Pump Chowrangi in Gulberg.
Miscreants also resorted to aerial firing in various parts of the city, including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Shah Faisal Colony, Liaquatabad, Sharifabad, Azizabad, North Nazimabad, Old City Area, Boulton Market, Burnes Road, Golimar and Pak Colony.
They also forced shopkeepers and restaurants, which are usually open past midnight, to close down. Traffic disappeared from roads and CNG and petrol pumps were also closed. Intense aerial firing continued late into the night and spread fear across the city.
Gohar Ali Khan adds from Hyderabad: Continuous firing in the air late on Wednesday led to a closure of all markets and bazaars soon after a statement by Sindh Senior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza.
Unknown persons riding bikes fired in the air throughout the city and enraged people set old tyres on fire on main squares in Latifabad and Hyderabad. All food streets, including Liberty, Gul Centre, Unit 7 and 8 Latifabad, were closed. There was a complete shutdown in the city and gunshots were heard all over the city. Law enforcement agencies disappeared and heavy firing caused total chaos on the roads. Unknown persons, without giving any strike call, asked shopkeepers to keep their businesses closed on Thursday.