MQM strike: Businesses, transport resume in Karachi

The strike was called by MQM against a bomb attack on party’s camp office.

Web Desk April 24, 2013
A labourer sits beside closed shops in Karachi during a strike on Wednesday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Karachi Traders Association (KTA) announced the re-opening of markets and businesses, while Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) followed the lead, announcing to bring transport on the streets at 4pm, Express News reported Wednesday.

The decision was reached after consulting the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders, Chairman All Karachi Tajir Ittehad, Atiq Mir, said.

A strike - called by MQM against a bomb attack on party’s camp office - brought Karachi to a standstill on Wednesday as businesses remained closed.

On April 23, a crude bomb targeting MQM roadside office killed at least three people and injured 30 others. The attack, which took place in the Buffer Zone area, prompted the closure of all roadside camp offices of the party.

The private schools associations of Karachi unanimously announced to keep all schools shut today, owing to the uncertain security situation in the city.

Public transport remained off the roads, as the party observed a day of mourning.

Meanwhile, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi postponed all Secondary School Certificate exams scheduled for the day.

Party chief Altaf Hussain had claimed that about 25 MQM activists, including an election candidate, have been killed over the past few days.


Mustafa alvi | 9 years ago | Reply

@RAFIQ: Im not gonna go into details but i know for a fact that no one can deny that what they did during their term in the local govt for karachi , no one has ever done that amount of work in such a limited time span.

Saylani | 9 years ago | Reply

I think people of Karachi dont want to be killed and become a part of statistics . No body can prove these people dont come out of their house on the call of strike by so called MQM Let us have a poll and get results who wants to stay home because of MQM , only lazy people will vote positive to stay home people who will still get paid on not turning for work will vote positive and not because love of MQM . Yes we pay respect to the dead by praying for his or her sole . Why we need to kill those who are alive by hunger by not letting a daily wage earner to work and earn money to feed his family . Please live and Let us live.

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