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Religious parties' strike brings Karachi to standstill

25 January, 2014

KARACHI: A strike was observed in the city on Friday after a call made by the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) and Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat over the deteriorating law and order and the killings of Shia Hazaras and JUI-S Secretary Mufti Usman.

A complete shutter down strike was observed, as businesses and markets remained closed on Friday. While all educational institutions were shut, Karachi University postponed all examinations scheduled for Friday.

Thin public transport could be seen on the roads as the Karachi Transport Ittehad had decided to keep public transport off the roads in support of the strike. It later announced the vehicles to return after Friday prayers. The city returned to normality after Friday prayers, however.

Protests were held in the entire Sindh province, as protesters demanded that military operation must be initiated immediately. Demonstrators warned the PMLN government that if they failed to shoulder their responsibility against the terrorists, people would march to Islamabad to oust them from power.

According to an announcement made on Thursday night, the Shia Hazara community had agreed to end their protest sit-in following Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's assurance that strict action would be taken against elements who carried out the Mastung bomb attack. Mufti Usman was shot dead along with his private guard and a driver in a targeted attack near Awami Markaz at Sharah-e-Faisal.


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