KARACHI: A shutter-down strike was observed in the city on Saturday on the call of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to protest “extrajudicial killing” of party workers.
However, shops and other business centres were opened and public transport returned to roads after 2 pm.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, MQM leader Haider Abbas Razvi had appealed to the transporters and traders to extend their support and keep their business closed.
He alleged that the activists of MQM were being victimised.
Major business centres, shops and patrol pumps in different areas remained closed following the call while public transport remained off the roads. No untoward incident was reported from any area.
All the papers scheduled for Saturday by the Federal Urdu University, Karachi Education Board and Sindh Board of Technical Education were postponed.
A similar situation was reported from elsewhere in Sindh, as large and small markets remained shut amid thin traffic on roads in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah and other towns of Sindh.
Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has thanked people for honouring the strike call.
According to a statement issued on Saturday, Altaf Hussain called for holding a judicial inquiry into the “extrajudicial killing” of MQM worker Salman Nooruddin. He said that those responsible for the killing should be brought to book.
The MQM leader claimed he had telephoned the Sindh chief minister, Sindh Rangers DG and other high-ranking officials to inform them about the tragic killing of Salman Nooruddin “but no one cared to respond”.
Altaf Hussain also thanked the business community, transporters, petrol pump and CNG station owners and other people belonging to various walks of life for voluntarily suspending their activities on the call of MQM. He also praised them for registering their protest in a peaceful manner.
During the press conference on Friday, the MQM Coordination Committee had appealed to the Supreme Court, President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take immediate notice of killing of MQM Korangi Sector’s worker, Salman Nooruddin, and others.
The MQM also demanded that an FIR regarding the murder of Salman Nooruddin be lodged against Additional IG Shahid Hayat and concrete measures be taken for the recovery of all the missing workers of MQM.
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