KARACHI: Sindhi nationalist and religious parties are observing a province-wide strike against the government’s decision to restore the Local Government Ordinance (SLGO) 2001.
The provincial government’s coalition partners, the Awami National Party (ANP) and National Peoples Party (NPP), are backing it as they argue that the decision to bring back the SLGO was an anti-Sindh move. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Sunni Tehreek and Balochistan National Party (Awami) are also taking part.
Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reported that initially traffic was low and shops remained closed in some areas of the city. Areas where the protesting parties have a strong presence remain completely shut down.
The strike was also observed in Kandhkot, Matyari, Sanghar, Khiarpur and Tando Allah Yar. While a complete shutter down strike was observed in Badin and Sukkur where rallies were also taken out.
However, the parties participating in the strike have distanced themselves from incidents of violence reported from parts of Karachi and Hyderabad.
Transporters have decided to stay off the roads to avoid any damage to their vehicles. President of the Karachi Transport Union, Irshad Bukhari said the union will not get involved in any political activity and that buses will be blocked on routes where protests have been planned.
A total of 15 vehicles including a police van and an oil tanker have been set on fire in Karachi and Hyderabad.
President of the Inter-City Air Conditioned Coach Association, Malik Riaz said their coaches will continue to operate on their regular routes.
A police van was set ablaze and unidentified men opened indiscriminate fire at the Naseem Nagar Bypass in Hyderabad.
Eight killed in Karachi
Eight people have been killed in target and other violence across Karachi in a new wave that started late on Friday night.
Two people were killed and another five injured when rival groups clashed in the Nazimabad area of Karachi.
Police found two bodies in car without a number plate in Pak Colony.
Three people were killed in a shooting incident in Nazimabad-2 area. The relatives of the victims staged a protest as police used batons to disperse them.
A hand-grenade attack on a shop in the same area injured two people.
Firing was reported in other areas of the city including Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 8, 16 and 19, and also at Hassan Square and Essa Nagar. No casualties were reported.
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