MQM day of mourning: Business activity resumes after Friday prayers

Published: June 14, 2013

A file photo showing deserted roads of Karachi during a strike. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: On Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee’s appeal, all trade and transport associations resumed business activity after Friday prayers, reported Express News.

The MQM Rabita committee called for an end to the day of mourning announced on Thursday for slain and abducted party workers.

The mutilated body of a joint unit in-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Landhi sector was found from Link Road in the Steel Town police limits on Thursday.

Muhammad Asif was missing since April 20.

The party had earlier called for a day of mourning on June 6 after three of its workers were kidnapped and killed by unidentified men.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Thank you MQM for giving people of Karachi some space to breath.

    You are the owners of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

    You have a button in your hand through which you can put the switch of electricity “off” and “on” any time you want.

    People will go out after 4 pm to resume their duties and businesses as per your instructions.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:51PM

    This has to stop.It is making Karachi which is commercial hub of Pakistan a laughing stock. Now foreign buyers joke ” when is the next date of mourning when Karachi will be closed”

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  • mujtuba
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:52PM

    why to resume after friday prayers?? They already ruined the whole day. My uni is now closed, morning classes were cancelled.. why to open after namaz??

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  • Karachiets
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Hmmm: Objective achieved. ET Headline of the day…..:)

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  • BILAL
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:39PM

    Objective achieved. ET Headline of the day.

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  • anwar
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:42PM

    Time to bypass Karachi… Need a good surgeon.

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  • Cheeko Beeko
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:16PM

    MQM strikes are the few last nails in the coffin of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

    People should start buying their own coffins, as one never knows who may die due to soffucation while remaining closed behind the doors due to MQM strikes.

    The graph of MQM has fallen down from 35% to 5%.

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  • ashar
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:20PM

    Today’s strike was backed by the government. Governor met CM and decided the modalities of MQM joining the Government. it was not a strike but a preface to embrace each other once again to loot Sindh the most deprived province of Pakistan as far as the rulers are concerned.

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  • Karachi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Why no one in comments has sympathies for the MQM victim who was killed, this attitude is really not making Pakistan strong.

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  • Siddiqui
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:27PM

    MQM is not a political party, it’s a mafia. No political party engages itself in activities like MQM does. It has lost the popular mandate of Karachites, now going for some sympathy gaining exercises which will go in vain. Just read about 2.5 million daily wage earners suffers from a strike or day of mourning. The misery of students and other office goers are also there. It means they are actually gaining the hatred from the local people in the wake of a so called day of mourning.

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  • M.A. Qureshi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:29PM

    @ Mr.Hafiz Ali Shah: you are concerned only for commercial losses but nothing for the torture and killings of youngmen, mourning by the deseased families and relatives. What an apathy ?

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  • PPP
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:52PM

    @M.A. Qureshi:
    so why not mourn for those 5000 killed during last 5 years??

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  • AntiChrist
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:54PM

    This is all this party does call strikes. They should start calling themselves MABM (Mutthaida Anti Business Movement)

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  • omair shahid
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:05PM

    @Karachi:
    closing down Karachi is not the solution every day 10 to 15 people are dieing nothing has been done closing down karachi makes more difficulty for a daily wages person and millions of rupees are lost when Karachi is closed

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  • Aysha
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:30PM

    I feel ashamed as a MQM supporter because all these strikes are only affecting the lives of people of Karachi. Daily wages workers and their families can’t work and can’t eat on the days when my party wants to flex its muscles. Even though I’m with my quaid, I want a clean-up operation by the security forces so that Karachi can be made peaceful like all major cities of the world.

    There is no place for gun-point strikes in 2013.

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  • Sahar Khan
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:56PM

    @Karachiets:
    So you say, that MQM has done all this to become a HEADLINE in ET… I must say then WELL DONE !!

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  • ashar
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:59PM

    @Aysha:
    Here you are. There will be no more strikes for the purpose of the strikes is going to be achieved and MQM is again joining the government. RIP all those who have been killed for the sake of power and greed.

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  • Saba
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:08PM

    @M.A. Qureshi:
    How does this “day of mourning” help? You can mourn by wearing a black band around your arm all day. Why should the whole city suffer because of this? It’s not Karachi’s fault that MQM goons get murdered due to personal differences.

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  • M.A. Qureshi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Dear financial losses mourners, what about the killings of dozen people including women and children, looting, burning of properties and in KPK by the supporters of PTI after the killing of their one MNA and to control the worsening situation govt had to impose curfew. Remember hundreds of innocent pakistanis have been killed after torture in few months. Would we not care for the losses of lives side by side financial losses. Are we muslims and pakistanis in reality ???

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  • True Karachiite
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Bye bye MQM, Welcome PTI

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  • Nazim
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Ma Qureshi: They were not supporters of PTI. Remember they were supporters of the slain leader who has won as an independent canditate and then joined PTI.

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  • waiting
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:31PM

    @PPP: Actually, its 12,000 killed

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  • True Karachiite
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:34PM

    @M.A. Qureshi:
    dont justify wrong things with wrong things. if something is going bad in any city why we bring that to our city???

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  • M.A. Qureshi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:35PM

    @PPP: Of course, we all should mourn every victim of any party, language and religion.

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  • Jimmy
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:44PM

    MQM leadership.

    This is putting a lot of inconvenience to the population. If you have a strong case go the Supreme Court, go the national and provincial assemblies where you have good numbers, go to the army, go to the provincial and federal governments. How many times in the last one year other than the cities of karachi, Hyderabad and sukkar have been shut down. Think hard logic is what wins.

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  • True Karachiite
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:02PM

    @M.A. Qureshi:
    according to your suggestion, then the city will be shutdown for the whole year

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  • Charlie Chapatti
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:37PM

    A typical example of where political power is more important than the welfare of it’s citizens. This just about political muscle flexing and nothing else. People are killed and kidnapped in Karachi all the time, but no! This time a party worker has been affected so the city must grind to a halt.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:52PM

    MQM has created an atmosphere akin to what it must have been in Sodom. Anybody called Lut should get out, because party in power with their own Governor wont give permission for any angel to come visiting. Not without prior approval from London.

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  • Munaeem
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:27PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: Thanks for your sarcastic comment. The question is: Who is killing there members? What course of action do you recommend for the recovery of their kidnapped workers.

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  • Padishah
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:40PM

    @Billoo Bhaya:
    The Sodomites are at it 24/7.

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  • zab
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Thats why we need Gawadar up and running so we should have options of another seaport.
    MQM make no sence what they are doing they are god father of Karachi,Hyderabad they never did strike for thousands who killed by US drones but now ……………………………..

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  • Sodomite
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:38PM

    @Padishah:
    What else is there to do when we are on strike (I mean mourning) every 2nd day??

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  • mrs ahmed
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:41PM

    @Karachi:
    people do sympathise it is ET does not like to priny comments favourable to MQM

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Went to office and came back without any hitch. Take that. MQM

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  • mr ahmed
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:07PM

    @mrs ahmed:
    i think ET forgot what your leader threatened media people in a conference few days ago.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:14PM

    @True Karachiite:

    PTI is just a fad, short shirt and ghare wali shalwar, will fade off,

    Karachite will never support PTI,who never condemns Taliban terrorists

    MQM MNAs and MPAs are feet on street , After the garments factory incident all MQM representatives were among the masses outside the factory, the same after the Abbas town happenings

    Karachi is more than satisfied with its leadership for the past 3 decades

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:26PM

    @ashar:
    Most deprived saw massive development when the real representatives for the first time received the administrative mandate along with their usual political mandate.
    All Karachites need is a strong MQM with administrative authority, everything will fall in place

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:32PM

    @ashar: With another commentator who entered with the same name with the same spelling, I am now Aysha M, so there I am not
    @Aysha:
    Myopic vision, all major cities have law and order issues, of course not like how it is orchestrated from my home city

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:04AM

    @True Karachiite:
    PTI is a signatory to a document prohibiting women from voting in KPK, Karachi cannot support that, So PTI not at all welcome in Karachi

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:15AM

    @Aysha M:
    The welcome of PTI in Karachi has already done by 55K votes in 245, 32K votes in Azizabad, 60K votes in GI so the false claims are not going to stop them in the future, yes, the work and dedication towards the main issues can redeem the chances for MQM otherwise what I see a clean sweep in MQM areas in Local Bodies by PTI.

    Please note that a precedence of having an army jawan inside the polling station has already been established in Karachi. Time to worry for MQM.

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  • sameer
    Jun 15, 2013 - 7:26PM

    @ashar@
    khi. voters who voted pti awake after seeing reults of punjab ,(20 seats out of 297 seats)
    atleast i will not going to drain my vote in next election
    and people who saying mqm wants to be in power how can they give explanation of education ministry splited btween JI and PTI in KPK ??

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:53PM

    @sameer:

    My dear. you people don’t have any access to those voters since your guys only move in katchi abadis. Please go and check from where you have got the majority of votes in Karachi. For your convenience I advise you to exclude planned mohajir areas from your search and concentrate on Katchi abadis and slums around nallahs.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 16, 2013 - 3:36AM

    My detailed response to ashar blocked twice. Thank you ET

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:30AM

    @ashar:
    difficult to say what this comment is saying

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