After a day of violence, life in Karachi returns to normalcy

Published: March 28, 2012

Educational institutes, petrol pumps, offices reopen after MQM's day of mourning. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: Life in Karachi returned back to normalcy as Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) day of mourning ended on Wednesday. However, the situation in PIB Colony is still reported to be unstable.

Educational activity began in schools, colleges and universities after they remain closed for a day as violence erupted in several areas of Karachi on Tuesday. On the other hand, private education institutes, fearing more incidents of violence, decided to stay closed.

Police and Rangers were also deployed at various areas to avoid any untoward incidents.

Karachi became a target of fierce aggression as tyres and vehicles were set on fire, people were killed in firing incidents and roads were blocked on the day when MQM announced to mourn the death of its workers.

At least 10 people lost their lives, two dozen were injured and around 46 vehicles set alight in the violence.

Police, Rangers apprehend political party workers during raids

Police and Rangers raided several areas of Karachi on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in an effort to get hold of the culprits involved in spreading violence in the city.

Crime Investigation Department (CID), under the supervision of SSP Aslam Khan, raided the house of People’s Aman Committee chairman Uzair Baloch in Lyari, but failed to apprehend him.

Three people were apprehended from the Liaquatabad C-1 area, and police claimed retrieving a Kalashnikov from one of them.

Police also detained five other workers of a political party from Abul Hassan Isphahani Road after raiding an apartment. Some weapons were also recovered.

Reader Comments (14)

  • Asif Ali
    Mar 28, 2012 - 12:48PM

    The killing of mqm worker is sad but what the workers of this party did later is extremely deplorable. They killed so many innocent people, burned dozens of vehicles. Is this the kind of coalition Mr. Zardari wants to keep sticking with his presidentship?
    Though I am not an anp supporter but Shahi Syed is very right on this subject.
    We can not allow a particular party to make this city hostage on gunpoint.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 1:10PM

    MQM conveyed a strong message to its opponents that if any member of its party will be harmed in any case, whole city will suffer the loss

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  • NewGandhi
    Mar 28, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Isn’t violence, the normalcy these days? Oh brothers, learn to love fellow human beings.

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Karachi is for ALL…It is not for only urdu speaking or pushtoons or punjabi or sindhi or anyone else…please respect each other

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  • shaneel ahmed
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:09PM

    I am request with Chief Justice of Pakistan take step against these group who are the responsible for the Violence in Sindh. And Burning the Assets of Innocent peoples of Sindh.
    No Security Plan by Government for Peoples of Karachi and everything is doing by plan & support of Coalitions.

    Just 1 Day Strike Given 10 Billions lose in karachi. daily wages labor never survive.

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  • Qasim
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:20PM

    @Asif Ali:
    100% agree. ET please do not call it “normalcy”; it is just a pause for another round. Inept provincial and federal government is/has been completely incapable of controlling both of its allies and take meaningful actions for a lasting solution.

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  • Shayan
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:22PM

    one mqm worker equal to 5 lives ?

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 3:10PM

    What about the lives of the families of 13 people who were shot dead by the political terrorists? Have they come to normality yet?

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Mar 28, 2012 - 3:22PM

    This city is being held hostage by mafias belong to all political parties no matter how much they deny it but the fact remains. Name one party in Karachi which doesn’t have group of people (read miscreants) who are expert in creating havoc and they don’t have any respect for the law. It seems either the law enforcement agencies dont have any interest or they are told not to interfere as this is business as usual in this game of dirty politics. When will we learn the concept of peaceful protest????

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  • Ghulam Mohiuddin (Moin)
    Mar 28, 2012 - 4:18PM

    “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion”.

    Basically MQM is a peaceful organization and it is only major stakeholder of urban Sind specially Karachi, that’s why everyone should respect and own MQM’s opinion. But most of time other political parties devate to city objectives and support to criminals this is an unethical behavior which create violence in the Karachi. So, there is only solution of city that, we own this city by heart and pay importance of major stakeholder (MQM) at every stage because MQM always support to positive activities in Karachi. Being supporters of MQM and Karachi city we know that, peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

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  • Faisal
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:01PM

    “After a day of violence, life in Karachi returns to normalcy” this heading has just become a routine for us nowdays. In short “Kisi ki jaan gayi Aap ki Adaa thehri”. This city is haunted, may god save us from this imprisonment.

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  • Mehran
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Bravo MQM for having such a best Media Management system. If such scale of violence has been done by any other party, whole media and civil society should have made full scale cry. The families of innocent civilians who lost their lives were interviewed, the transport owners and shop keepers were constantly contacted to prove that party XYZ is such merciless and violent force on earth. Whole media should have been on toes to prove that party XYZ is cause of all troubles and should be brought to books. But in this land of pure, every thing is FIXED. Media indeed covered this issue but intensity of coverage was very soft and friendly towards merciless violent group. MQM is lucky to have such friendly media coverage, which hides their weakness with full fervor.

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  • gudda
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:29PM

    It is so sad when a killing of one or two people leads to killing of hundreds…. my sister was stuck in the middle from her way to university… my brother was stuck at office…public goods were burned ….. businesses were shut…. who is responsible for it…. i dun know what these political parties want? just killing killing and killing

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:00AM

    then peoples wants new trains and buses in karachi i think karachi deserved donkey carts or
    camel caravan …

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