ANP day of mourning: Most of Karachi closed

Published: March 29, 2012

ANP party workers carry out the coffin of their fallen comrade on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANP party workers carry out the coffin of their fallen comrade on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS Nine people were killed in firing incidents while 13 cars were torched in different incidents. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN / EXPRESS

KARACHI: Awami National Party’s (ANP) slain activist Zainul Abideen was laid to rest in Khamosh Colony graveyard on Thursday, while the party continued observing a day of mourning across Karachi.

Most areas of the city remained closed with very thin traffic on the roads while shops remained shut.

Abideen, the joint secretary of ANP Patel Para Ward was shot dead on Wednesday near Intermediate Board office.

The funeral prayers were offered in Lasbela Football Ground amid tightened security which were attended by ANP’s provincial minister Amir Nawab, MPA Amanullah Mehsood and ANP leader Bari Kakar and other party members.

Transport remained partially suspended throughout the city as Transport Ittehad had announced not to ply the buses on the roads.

Petrol pumps and businesses remained closed in some areas while all educational institutes remained open.

A heavy contingent of Rangers and police has been deployed in sensitive areas of the city in order to curb any potential terror bid.

Firing incidents

Nine people were killed in firing incidents while 13 cars were torched in different incidents across the city.

The bodies of the deceased were recovered from block F, North Nazimabad. They were identified as Zeeshan and Jalil. Both were friends and residents of Street 18 of the area.

Reader Comments (35)

  • papoo
    Mar 29, 2012 - 12:52PM

    PPP has once again ruined Karachi’s peace like it always does when it is in power.

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  • Umer
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:14PM

    More than twenty five people killed to avenge two? Ridiculous. And then we blame the Americans for doing the same. Our ratio to killed versus died while facing the consequences is completetly off.

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  • RKM
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:21PM

    @papoo…Now I dont think PPP has much to do with the killing, i mean, ANP and MQM killings has been on for a while, but still you’ll continue with the trend of PPP-bashing. Sad to see

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  • maiden
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:29PM

    What does any of this have to do with PPP…?! This is ANP and MQM wars.Recommend

  • Barkat
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:30PM

    let kick out this two political parties from karachi

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  • SupremeCommander
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:53PM

    We need the army on the streets of Karachi. Enough is enough.
    President must promulgate order to get the situation under control otherwise a small number of senseless people from different ethnicities will be on each other’s throats and destroy our – innocent Karachi residents’ – lives.

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  • ak sheikh
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:16PM

    @papoo:
    It`s not ppp alone,MQM is the main partner along with ANP.

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  • Jan Ali Topiwala
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Seems like there is a 3rd party behind all this, who is trying to create disturbance between MQM and ANP.

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  • Hussain
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Real terrorists are these in shape of MQM, ANP and PPP with their own batha mafia and killing innocent people.

    Govt. is doing all these to divert people attention from real issue like Electricity, Corruption, reopening Nato supply, poverty etc etc.

    These are the face of real traitors, and people of Pakistan should should recognize them to get them down.

    If you want to die, die once rather than dieing slowly and daily…

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  • pakistani baloch
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:48PM

    @papoo:
    ppp or MQM and ANP LOL

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  • zavia
    Mar 29, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Democracy is not for country like Pakistan. We need civil dictators like China, Singapore where government is 110% committed with the state and people, rule of law is the utmost priority and national interest is the supreme.

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  • sunee
    Mar 29, 2012 - 3:30PM

    all are drama,behind the scene america lobby is involves to destabalize the countrys economy.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 29, 2012 - 3:54PM

    Keeping Karachi closed means self-destruction; one needs neither be a social worker nor an altruist, all one needs to be is “selfish”. Our self-interest demands that common sense must prevail, for an active and vibrant and alive Karachi guarantees our survival and our welbeing. If nothing else our common self-interest must unite us —– please, don’t “Close down Karachi”!

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  • AFK
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Why Karachi is the war zone of political parties, is this the fault of ours living in Karachi and nothing to do with the politics.

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  • Umer
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @Sunee – as if our economy is a threat to America or the world? It’s like Pakistan being scared of Tuvalu economy (yes – google that). For God sake get out of the ‘them doing’theory. It’s all our doing buddy.

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  • dv sikka
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:08PM

    The divisive and hate policies of the political parties have destroyed Karachi. this is a serious disease which needs involvement of all leaders of Pakistan. We may see a similar conflict between Panjab and Sindh next on a larger scale. It should not be allowed to escalate.

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  • Aik Pakistani
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:11PM

    Plea to all Pakistanis

    We condemned Taliban for being fundamentalist, harsh, strict, non Islamic, non ethics, Zaliman etc etc… But as a Muslim, literate , law abiding, civilized citizens do we have the courage to condemned the Political, ethnic, religious, gangsters…. The answer is no… What is going on in Karachi for decades can not be justified & supported… We are a fail Islamic & democratic society, who lives in dreams only… We are so afraid that we lost our basic rights as citizen, Our Society, Govt, law enforcement agencies, Courts, Media is nothing but fail, who r so afraid of taking any step just to save their skin. How many people have died, how many vehicles have been burnt just in last two days. We have lost our conscious that that how many families have suffered if one person dies? Our political gang leaders have started taking sides of these murderers b/c they openly support them.

    We all know who r they? Yes they all belongs to MQM, ANP, PPP….
    Our previous & present Govt’s have closed their eyes b/c their parties are part of it. Courts are just dummy b/c Police never support them. Our media never say the truth & full report b/c of loss of fear of their property/ business & life. Now who left — We as innocent people — No, we are also part of it by bringing them to power by our votes….. Isn’t it really time to correct the things or (ALLAH forbid) we r waiting for any miracle or any Destraction…… ,,,

    ALLAH HAM SAB PAY RAHAM KARY OR HAMIAN HIMAT DAY KAY HAM SUCH BOLAIN, SUCH SUNAIN OR KHOOD IN ZALMON KO ANJAM TAK PUNCHAIN…. AMEENRecommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:17PM

    what ANP has done for Karachi? their leaders just come to media and abuse URDU speaking community.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Sindh is known for peace, tolerance and hospitality. Both MQM and ANP workers and followers should learn the lesson of tolerance and brotherhood. Majority of Urdu Speaking Sindhis are peace loving and educated people. Some parties use their name to control Karachi through gun power, which is abhorring and unacceptable. This city belongs to us all, all peaceloving people of Sindh should join hand together to protest and send a signal to MQM, ANP, and PPP, that they are sick of this persisting violence and hate politics. This silent majority of peaceloving people should either stay quiet and get killed or they speak up and join hands with each other to defeat hate crimes and divisive politics. Together we stand as people of Sindh and Pakistan.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:41PM

    @Bilal:
    It is not time for blaming each other. We need unity in our ranks. We Sindhi/Urdu speaking Sindhis own this peaceful land of Sindh. Pukhtoon brothers are living with us as our guest on our land. All issues should be discussed and resolved with them through dialogue not with gun. Because violence NEVER solves problems.Sindh has long history of tolerance, peace and brotherhood. As Sindhi, we should project message of peace and love.

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  • FF
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:43PM

    along with ANP came target killings….im a karachiite, never heard of target killings before I heard about ANP’s presence in karachi..fact!

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  • Sindhvoice
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:57PM

    @FF:
    Bro, criminal and violent elements could belong to any party and unfortunately every party has some militant base in Karachi as mentioned in Supreme court’s observation on Karachi issue. Never in world, wars solve problems but rather they create more troubles and chaos. As ambassadors of Sindh’s long historical message of peace, tolerance and brotherhood, we should not fall prey to politics of hate and division. At the end of day, a common people suffers from all this political battle ground. It is duty of state apparatus to conduct neutral and just action to deweaponise Karachi so that terrorists could be defeated. We peaceful silent majority should unite instead of fighting with each-other.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:59PM

    It would seem the old standbys of focusing hate toward India and later toward the US are not working as well as it once did. You are now seeing the fissures that have existed within PAK for a very long time and have been inflamed by various segments within PAK for their own gain. Individual PAK are caught in the middle because they have been misled for so long. This will not end well for PAK. PAK really could implode.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Your financial hub continues to go down the crapper – maybe you can come up with some conspiracy theory that blames this on Israel, India or the USA – or maybe you can break pattern and look in the mirror?

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  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Bleed Karachi bleed because I am Punabi.
    Bleed Karachi bleed because I am Pathan.
    Bleed karachi bleed because I am baloch.
    Bleed Karachi bleed because I am Sindhi.
    Bleed Karachi bleed because I am Urdu speaking.
    Stop bleeding Karachi when I become a Pakistani.

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  • Baloch
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @FF:
    correct your information, it is MQM not ANP, karachi was fine before MQM

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  • Seema
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @papoo: Because who are responsible of killing were in power, now they are blackmailing govt to come to their terms and conditions.

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  • rahim abdullah rana
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:56PM

    A complete curfew and shutter down strike for a week will calm prople of karachi.

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  • faraz khan
    Mar 29, 2012 - 9:18PM

    no way MQM give us peace nd love…thats y MQM is dangerous to terrerism..

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  • Hadi
    Mar 29, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Those who are blamed MQM are blind in ethinicity. MQM has don so much Karachi even to make one of the fastest developing city in the whole world when they had power to deliver by city government since the feudals wants to control the resources of Karachi they promoted Manshiyat faroosh, aslah faroosh and land grabbers in the name of ANP and band Amn committee which is the extortion committee of Karachi. Karachi give 70 per cent of taxes to the government what it gets in return to be killed by killers from other parts of Pakistan. Shame democracy!!

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Mar 29, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @Hadi
    fastest developing city? in what terms population or area, cause i dont see anything here that makes khi the fastest developing city in any other form, get of karachi & hyderabad for once, im sure you’ll be shocked

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  • Khan
    Mar 30, 2012 - 12:09AM

    The killers are known but no media person can say the truth. Yes every ethnic group should be free in practicing their own ways of life, diversity must be respected, be it ethnic or religious.

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  • Salim Ansari
    Mar 30, 2012 - 3:27AM

    What will India do if Mohajirs want to go back ?

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  • aysha
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:03AM

    It is sad to see the culture of tribal and the adjoining areas gain strength in Karachi.
    A place which was once inhabited by people who were forward looking believed in prospering in life through education, is taken over by people of another culture completely alien to the Karachites. Once the population of those who believe in “humara hathieeyaar humara zaywer hai’ increased peace has departed from our city and a mind set of settling dispute, as it is done is some parts of our country by use of force, prevails. Sadly, Karachi feeds the whole country, but those who have the authority and power are not serious in restoring the peace of the city.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 30, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Aptly said @ Ayesha .Bulls eye .Kudos .

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