Seven dead as 'naamaloom afraad' shut Karachi down

Published: March 6, 2013
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Karachi traffic situation. PHOTO: BILAL Z KHAN

Karachi traffic situation. PHOTO: BILAL Z KHAN

Karachi traffic situation. PHOTO: BILAL Z KHAN Rangers in Karachi carrying out an operation in the city today. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: At least seven people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, while businesses were forced to close across the city. A number of gunshot injuries were also reported.

Panic and fear spread across the metropolis as reports poured in of unidentified gunmen firing in many parts of the city, forcefully closing down businesses and blocking roads. Unknown individuals also torched vehicles and set tyres on fire in the worst affected areas.

The resultant rush of people exiting marketplaces and offices caused massive traffic jams on many roads. The Karachi Transport Ittehad also announced that they were suspending public transport plying on the streets.

Hyderabad and other parts of interior Sindh also shutdown after firing by unknown people.

Police and hospitals were put on high alert, while the Private Schools Association announced that schools would be closed for an indefinite period of time.

Rangers in Karachi, who had earlier carried out an operation in the city, arrested a number of suspects involved in the forceful closure of marketplaces.

Amid the violence, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced they would observe a peaceful movement against the government’s inefficiency following the attack in Abbas Town.

Addressing the press conference, Raza Haroon said that MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had condemned the Abbas Town blast and had demanded the government arrest the terrorists involved within three days, otherwise, the MQM would observe a democratic protest.

Condemning the government’s incompetence, Haroon said that this protest movement will continue till government arrests the culprits responsible for the attack.

“We appeal to the people of Karachi to stay peaceful and support the peaceful protest,” he said, before adding, “We request the people of Karachi, especially traders, factory owners, shop keepers, transporters and people belonging to other walks of life, to keep their businesses shut until the terrorists are arrested.”

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6:55pm

A 40-year-old man, Qadir Hussain, son of Maqool Hussain, was gunned down by unidentified armed men in Sector 14-A, Korangi Town No 2/1-2, within the precincts of Zaman Town police station.

The body was brought to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for a postmortem.

Police said the man was an employee of a garment factory and was on his way to workplace early this morning when armed men targeted him.

The victim received one bullet in his face and died on the spot.

Separately, the body of a man, aged around 25, bearing bullets marks was found near Malir River, Jaam Goth, Malir Town, within the Jurisdiction of Memon Goth police station.

The identity of the man could not be ascertained as yet. The body was shifted to JPMC for medico-legal formalities.

Similarly, 36-year-old Rashid, son of Piaray Khan, was killed by dacoits over robbery resistance in Landhi Town No 36-B within the remit of Landhi police station.

The body was shifted to JPMC for an autopsy.

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6:30pm

Two officials of Pakistan Rangers Sindh Hawaldar Muneer Ahmed Bhutto and Aijaz Ahmed Baloch, are reportedly missing since Tuesday.

They were performing security duty in Nazimabad.

Both the officials, posted near Nazimabad Post Office, had left for home after off time at 3.00pm but didn’t reach home,

A local journalist Nawaz Bhutto, cousin of Muneer, told PPI that both these rangers were going back home after performing their respective duties.

Nawaz said that the cell phones of the missing Hawaldars were switched off.

The rangers assured the relatives that the search for missing officials was underway.

When contacted Major Sibtain, spokesman of Rangers, was unaware of the missing personnel and said that he would check.

Despite few rumours, the cellular services are fully functional.

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6:15pm

A bus was torched in New Karachi.

Businesses and markets close down in Sukkur.

In total three cars and one motorcycle put on fire.

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5:50 pm

Rangers Sindh has arrested two miscreants from the Shahbaz commercial area in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA). They were trying to close down shops and loot people. The rangers claim that miscreants belong to a political party.

Rangers have arrested few members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) people and also recovered a suicide bomb jacket from Sohrab  Goth.

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5:35pm

All private schools will remain shut in Karachi tomorrow for an indefinite period, announced the Private Schools Association. It is unclear how many schools this association represents.

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5:25pm

In Hyderabad, miscreants have blocked the roads.

Unrest continues in Liberty Chowk and Latifabad areas.

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5:10pm

Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza said, “There is a specific group in Karachi which does not want to maintain peace in the area.” She was addressing a press conference.

Rangers arrest two people with weapons, in Defence, as they were trying to shut down shops.

One person killed in Landhi.

Police still cannot be seen on the streets to control the situation.

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5:00pm

“The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is carrying out a peaceful protest and we urge people to participate in it to show commiseration with the affectees of Abbas Town blast,” said the MQM leader Raza Haroon while addressing a press conference.

He specifically urged the traders, factory owners, shop keepers, transporters to take part in the protest.

Meanwhile, three vehicles torched in Landhi, Samnabad and on National Highway.

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4:45pm

Reports of aerial firing in Defence and Clifton. All shops in the area have been closed, as have a majority of the petrol pumps.

Aerial firing in Mirpurkhaas hence, businesses have been closed.

Police is still waiting for instructions from authorities.

People resorting to aerial firing in Nawabshah.

Firing in Latifabad, Landhi and markets closed down.

Businesses in Hyderabad closed and tyres being burnt on streets. People with sticks are patrolling the streets and breaking windows of cars.

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4:25pm

Two cars burnt on National Highway.

Police cannot be seen on the streets.

There is a severe traffic jam on the road from Shahra-e-Faisal to Airport.

Car burnt at Al Noor roundabout.

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4:15pm

MQM member ‘Shahzad’ killed in Malir.

A political party has shut down 50% of Karachi due to the Abbas Town issue.

According to Express News, unknown armed men started firing in Rizvia Society I I Chandrigar Road, Burns Road, Purana Golimar, Orangi Town, Korangi, Landhi and other areas.

Three cars have been set on fire so far.

Police put on high alert across the city. Snap checking has started in the worst-affected areas.

There is a Traffic jam in MA Jinnah Road, Tower, Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Rashid Minhas Road.

Army Chief visited the Core commander headquarter and the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) core commander briefed him about Karachi’s situation.

Firing in Tando Allahyar; markets shut down.

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4:00pm

Karachi, Hyderabad and parts of interior Sindh shutdown after firing from unknown people.

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3:50 pm

Firing at Shafeeq Mor killed one person. Another person was gunned down in Buffer Zone while a third was shot dead in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

One person was injured in a firing incident near Jauhar Complex.

The violence suddenly kicked up in  the afternoon. Shops were closed and business came to a standstill.

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3:40 pm 

The Karachi Transport Ittehad has also announced that they are suspending public transport plying the streets.

Hospitals have been directed to remain on high alert.

There were reports of some petrol pumps being shut down as well.

The situation was reported to be tense in Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Federal B Area. There were reports of aerial firing in many areas as well, spreading fear and panic.

In another report, a blaze in New Sabzi Mandi escalated. Fire brigades were called in from all areas of Karachi. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • Ali Zaid
    Mar 6, 2013 - 3:03PM

    and so it begins…. the linguistic parties and ethnic groups of Karachi comes out of the fake National garb to resume their dirty politics.
    Hypocrites never spear any chance to exploit tragedies for their gains

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  • wasim
    Mar 6, 2013 - 3:12PM

    It is being very very critical situation of our city karachi politicians make this city jungle….

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  • Motasim Ahmed
    Mar 6, 2013 - 3:46PM

    i want my childhood Karachi …. this is not the one where i played , i studied , i spend half of my life … did somebody has some remedy to mend my broken heart .. Ahhh my loving karachi my city..

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  • Faisal
    Mar 6, 2013 - 3:52PM

    All the newspaper talking about Karachi coming to a standstill, will somebody have the courage to tell us who is fighting whom?

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  • UHS
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:04PM

    This is insanity now. These ignorant, idiot and uneducated politicians can’t live one whole week without strike/shut down of city.

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:06PM

    All of us know who these “NA MALOOM” People are… Only Security Forces don’t know them or at least pretend so…

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  • saim
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:08PM

    Karachi, once again, been hijacked.

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  • Sabeen
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:08PM

    ‘Na maaloom Afraad’ are the reason behind this…we should catch and lock up all such ‘Na Maaloom Afraad’

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  • sidrah
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Who is na-maloom afrad?

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  • Condaliza Chawla
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:14PM

    On March 18 the caretaker govt will be sworn in and the first thing the Caretaker PM must do is declare emergency in Karachi and Hazara and call in the army.

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  • AK47
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:14PM

    I wont go office tomorrow.

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  • Amir
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Army please

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  • See Saa
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:17PM

    when these “unknown armed men” will be “known”?

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  • Mar 6, 2013 - 4:21PM

    We Pray for all the affected familieis and all the citizens of karachi – Recommend

  • Ovais
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Where we are living, it goes back to 1985 when I was enrolled in Class I, the situation is worsening day by day…. God please help us… and do not let us on the mercy of these politicians.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Coalition partners of Sind are responsible for disorder in Karachi. All the ethnic and linguistic parties should be banned.

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  • US
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:22PM

    crazy

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  • moeed
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:23PM

    who are these unknown people

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  • Mar 6, 2013 - 4:24PM

    very bad situation, pakistani politicians are doing nothing for pakistan

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  • Mar 6, 2013 - 4:25PM

    We Pakistanis are at the mercy of terrorists.

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  • Pathani
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Peaceful Pakistan – Please come back :( No matter how much we curse or hate you.. We can’t afford to lose you! :(

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  • PK
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:39PM

    @See Saa:

    we know them…but we dont want them to be known…..that is sadly our Pakistan…

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  • AK47
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:41PM

    @sidrah:
    Unidentified men

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  • B
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:42PM

    @See Saa:
    Look at the pitcure above. Remove their face masks and you will know your unknown.

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  • Mochi
    Mar 6, 2013 - 4:44PM

    A “certain” political party has been manipulating the Abbas Town blast for it’s political or, let’s say, turf show for the coming elections. They don’t have anything new on the agenda.

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  • I-umaid
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:00PM

    For God Sake Gen. Kayani, What are you waiting for, We wants military rule in Pakistan forever…..

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  • Stranger
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:06PM

    By now we know its not the Taliban or Pak’s fav whipping boy – India. So who are these people , why are they firing ,what do they want. I have a feeling it has something to do with last fornight’s bombing in Hyd, India. That too was unprovoked and no one till now came to claim responsibility.

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  • Pathani
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Fastest City Shutdown Ever: Karachi. “ Guinness record for shutting down a city of over 15 million goes to.. Namaloom Afrad!!

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:14PM

    @sidrah:
    Person or people who everyone knows about but cannot talk about.

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  • Shahrukh
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:19PM

    What is this man? I mean who are these wierdo’s? Let us live peacefully damn it. Why you cant see Karachities happy?

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  • Lawless
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:21PM

    “Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani visited the Corps Headquarters in Karachi on Wednesday where he was briefed about the security situation in the city”
    This is Dawn headline…. what a joke… no fears of Army Chief even..

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  • Anonymous4
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Agreed…..military rule is the only thing that can function in this country……clearly democracy has failed……. and those people sitting on the seats…lets not even go there….

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  • Atif Ejaz
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Either these NA MALOOM AFRAAD are in the government or against the government or state

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  • Farhaad
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Since when peaceful protest means gun firing and burning of vehicles!

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  • Absar
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Media needs to take the responsibility to act responsible. By far everyone from south to north knows who owns Karachi. When current events would be written as history in future, media would certainly be given the lion’s share of blame for giving a black eye to the country one way or the other.

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  • mazharuddin
    Mar 6, 2013 - 5:58PM

    This is the time Army action required. Seem mis reporting. Bombing took place near Iqra City and Rabia flower not in Abbas Town. Both community people died, no genocide of any specific sect, a false accusation. Need to bring perpetrators of this killing as well as all those involved in sectarian killing in Karachi. Army action need in all districts no question of Masoomeen and Mazloomeen but all suspected target killers should be brought to justice including those who burnt buses and other vehicles in district central, south and other districts. Religious sectarian leaders of Karachi who staged sit in time by time, disturbed citizens lives and demanded their suspects to be released, should also be brought to justice.

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  • Pathan
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Is this protest against their Governor, or 5 years long partners???

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  • True Indian
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:08PM

    I’m sure the Pakistan army is behind all this….coz it knows ki they wont be able to takeover the govt by force so they are creating the circumstances which will force the govt or the public to invite the army to take over and so illegal thing would be done legally…..simple….

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  • Amer
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Rangers have arrested few members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) people and also recovered a suicide bomb jacket from Sohrab Goth.

    What a joke! Did they check their TTP id cards?

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  • UFF
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Please ARMY, come to KHI.. Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani.

    All this drama is being done to ensure Army does not “actually” do anything in Karachi, and secondly to ensure that voters are so scared that they don’t step out to vote in this upcoming election where “millions of people who haven’t voted before are expected to take part”.

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  • An Observer
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Democracy would work if people vote for right representatives. Enough of these dishonest politicians! People should unite against these selfish politicians.

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  • Ansari
    Mar 6, 2013 - 6:59PM

    .. I think Taliban are involved in this :)

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  • Shamy
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:23PM

    “Rangers Sindh has arrested two miscreants from the Shahbaz commercial area in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA). They were trying to close down shops and loot people. The rangers claim that miscreants belong to a political party.” — Man Up and Name that political party !!!

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  • Adnan
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:23PM

    The tragedy is that everyone know who are behind ‘Namaloom Afraad’, but no one has courage to say their name!!!

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  • MAK
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:28PM

    Really like the title of this page

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  • mahakaalchakra
    Mar 6, 2013 - 8:03PM

    Whatever happened to the long propogated claims that such “Namaloom Afraad” who are creating disturbances are RAW, CIA, MOSSAD OR M16 agent?

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  • Sam
    Mar 6, 2013 - 8:34PM

    I request UN to help save our lives, local politicians have all failed.

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  • Naveed
    Mar 6, 2013 - 9:42PM

    Sad! :/
    May Allah protect and guide us to the right path!

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  • Mansi
    Mar 6, 2013 - 10:00PM

    Stranger than fiction!

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  • sadi
    Mar 6, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Today’s politics has become a business with high stakes marketed and controlled through fear………….those who can put greatest fear in people of them can only win to rule …………….BTW our news channels have become a very effective tool send the fear alerts across.

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  • Saleem
    Mar 6, 2013 - 11:46PM

    What a joke this country has become. We are a nuclear power.Recommend

  • Mar 6, 2013 - 11:55PM

    First of all, I really liked a new style in the headings as the writer used Urdu words “namaloom afraad”. on the other hand, it is really very sad that people are being massacred on daily basis in Karachi a lot. There is a complete mayhem in Karachi. Law enforcement agencies have failed to overcome the situation in Karachi.

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  • Khamoos tamashaii
    Mar 7, 2013 - 12:13AM

    Simply show of power that what they can do whatever they want to do and they dont even need time. The world 4th largest city is closed in 4 minutes what a joke. Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2013 - 12:26AM

    We all know who those na-maloom afraad are.

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  • Shaikh rattle and roll
    Mar 7, 2013 - 8:55AM

    The ‘naamaloom’ elements are not merely ‘afraad’ but terrorists, and should be called as such. Lets not trivialise their misdeeds, and lets not vote for them, ever again.

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