Second MQM strike halts activity in Karachi

Published: April 26, 2013

A file photo of Karachi during a strike. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

KARACHI: Businesses, shops and schools remained closed in the city and other parts of Sindh on Friday, after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a day of mourning relating to a second attack on their election office a day before.

Five people were killed and a dozen others were injured due to the attack.

Traffic on the roads was thin as businesses remained closed.

However, the city will resume activity as the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) announced to bring transport on the streets at 4pm, Express News reported Friday.

Barely 48 hours after a bomb attack outside a Muttahida Qaumi Movement camp office on Tuesday, another bomb blast took place close to an MQM election office in the city’s North Nazimabad neighbourhood, prompting the party to call for a day of mourning on Friday.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, four to five kilogrammes of explosive material were used in the device, and BDS officials said the materials used in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s blasts were identical.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack.  “This is in continuation of our policy to target three political parties, the ANP, MQM and PPP,” he said from an undisclosed location. “These attacks will continue,” he warned.

 

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:01PM

    If the law enforcing agencies cannot provide protection to political parties during election campaign and the bombs will keep on exploding, what does the government expect from political parties? Should the political parties keep their mouth shut and do not resist and protest?

    It is the duty of the State to protect the lives and properties of people of Pskistan.

    Irononically, Govertment of Pakistan has failed to address the very issue of bomb blasts, suicide attacks and target killings.

    I would like to draw the attention of the readers of these valued columns to update my information as in which part of the world terrorism takes place like it is taking place in Pakistan?

    How long we would keep on saying that Pakistan is an underdeveloped country and cannot fight with the internal terrorism al-though Pakistan became the first ally of US government in fighting US war on terror after 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

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  • Sami
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:14PM

    ET: Tht is very unfair … its not MQM that have bought Karachi to a Halt its the daily wage laborur who for the love of Altaf Hussain refuses to work knowing fully well that his children are slowly dying of Malnutrition ….#Namloom Afraad !

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  • PMLN-PTI Lover
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:49PM

    That’s a level playing field for our two teams’ match. Thanks Fakru bahi.

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  • Arcane
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:50PM

    This will teach terrorists a lesson they’ll never forget and we will live happily ever after.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:05PM

    These strikes only add suffering to the already suffering people of Karachi. Just a thought why MQM did not called for strike on Abbas Town Tragedy?? Were they not inhabitants of Karachi?? Why strikes only on these incidents, which are near to elections???

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  • omair shahid
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:14PM

    @Sami:
    Are you serious please ask the people who work on daily wage how hard is for them to spent one day like this and how billions of rupees are lost in one day karachi is closed please think before posting comments like this

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:16PM

    How much economic loss is taking place due to daily forced strikes. In what category this act comes, terrorism or ——–

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  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:28PM

    And they call themselves well wisher of Karachi and Pakistan …..

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  • Sami
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @omair shahid: Its called Sarcasm … look it up bro!!

    ET: You guyz should have a Font for scarcasm !!

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  • bash gul
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:49PM

    congratulations MQM for a very successful strike and total shutdown of Karachi. Where in the developed world, where terrorist attacks does take place, but they protest in a peacefull manner, never force ppl to shut down their transport and business. For the last 5 years they played musical chairs, eating the cake and also keeping it.

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  • sami
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:21PM

    why taliban blast mqm??
    all of u first ask them …
    then ask mqm about strike

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  • Omer
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Interestingly nobody is talking about the massive nuisance for people created by Lyari Gang war people.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:36PM

    @Sami:
    People are so tense these days that they cannot recognise the difference. A nation which is going through so much stops appreciating sarcasm and humour. We are so frustrated and irritated we do not have patience to listen to others point of view (look at our talk shows), ready to pick up fights on small jokes and humour. It is sad!

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  • Adnan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:41PM

    The beneficial party to all this chaos is MQM, it is again attracting the sympathy vote and majority of silent voters will again stay at home and will not vote citing issues of law and order. It is up to people of Karachi to go out on 11 May and vote for change or continue to suffer strikes and losses. A small effort on 11 May can bring a big change. Please come out and vote on 11 May, if not for yourself, for children, for this great city which deserves better!!!

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  • Voice Of D.I.Khan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Killing their own people to gain some sympathy…

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  • Ali S
    Apr 26, 2013 - 7:56PM

    @Sami:

    There are hardly any daily wage labourers among MQM’s following. They’re mostly middle class people, which is even worse – you’d think that educated people would know better.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:21PM

    It feels good now to defy a strike. Went to work and came back job done.

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  • A Karachiite
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Such a shame.. not many would condemn TTP or show sympathy with the victims. It feels to me that rest of Pakistan knows problem of Karachi better than Karachiites. Let the people of Karachi suggest them. We don’t need any suggestion from clever people. We know who to vote!!!!!!!!!

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  • Nopunjabiplease
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:32AM

    We don’t want parties who are in alliance with ttp to tell us what’s good for Karachi. We have built Karachi and will also protect it. We don’t want outside interference.
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