KARACHI: Business activities in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur remained stalled on Friday after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a three-day mourning, following the killing of its MPA Syed Manzar Imam, Express News reported.
Public transport was absent on the roads in all major cities of Sindh, while petrol pumps and CNG stations remained closed.
Educational institutions are also closed for a day today and examinations scheduled in different universities have been postponed.
Imam’s funeral prayers would be held at noon today at Jinnah ground. He will be laid to rest at the party’s Shuhada Qabiristan.
The MPA, his two guards and a driver were gunned down in Orangi Town on Thursday.
Imam, 43, was a graduate who was married with two children. Hailing from the Orangi Town constituency, PS 95-Karachi VII, Imam became a parliamentarian in the Sindh Assembly after the 2008 elections. This was his first time as a lawmaker.
He was also a member of the standing committees on cooperation, environment and alternate energy, and prisons.
Imam joined the MQM in 1986, two years after its formation. He served as the sector in-charge of Orangi Town for five years, and was always popular among the residents for addressing utility issues, such as load shedding and irregular water supply.