Karachi traders announce indefinite strike
28 August, 2013
KARACHI: Traders in Karachi have held the Sindh government responsible for the poor law and order situation in the city and announced a strike for an indefinite period.
The traders staged a protest demonstration against extortion and target killings, outside the Karachi Press Club. Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader (MQM) Rasheed Godail also participated in the protest. He demanded that the government bring Karachi under control of the army in a bid to save "economic engine" of the country.
"If the army could be called in for rehabilitation of flood victims and holding of elections, why it could not be asked to maintain peace in the city?"
MQM chief Altaf Hussain also said on Tuesday that Karachi should be handed over to the army to contain the ongoing wave of violence in the port city.
The MQM chief asked the military to act "indiscriminately" against all groups involved in terrorist activities. He said the city has become a "safe haven" for terrorists while law and order situation is going from bad to worse with the passage of time.
Talking about the problems of business community, Altaf said that the business community has been left at the mercy of "scoundrels" who have nothing to do with the security and survival of the country.