Lyari protests: Day two causes heavy traffic jams

Published: April 25, 2013
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A screengrab shows women holding banners and protesting against the death of the three Lyari residents. SCREENGRAB: EXPRESS NEWS

A screengrab shows women holding banners and protesting against the death of the three Lyari residents. SCREENGRAB: EXPRESS NEWS

KARACHI: Residents of Lyari continued their protest for the second day and caused traffic jams in different parts of the city, reported Express News on Thursday. They were protesting against the killing of three men from their area in an alleged encounter with the Rangers.

The protest caused heavy traffic jams on different roads of the city including II Chundrigar road, Kemari and Mai Kolachi.

Jinnah Bridge was blocked by the police using containers to control the situation.

The protestors sat in unity, carried banners and appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and DG Rangers to take notice of the incident.

The residents of Lyari said they were peace loving citizens and voiced objections over innocent people of their area being targeted. They demanded monetary compensation for the families of those who were killed in the incident.

Karachi division president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Abdul Qadir Patel said that the city’s situation was getting more violent by the day and that the caretaker government is missing in action.

The three men, Noor Shah, Abdullah and Faraz, were killed in Sheruk Lane, Lyari on Tuesday night. A Rangers official, Muhammad Hanif Tanoli, was also wounded.

Following the incident, Patel announced a day of mourning over the killings at a press conference and a score of Lyari residents, including women and children, staged a sit-in on the ICI Bridge along with the bodies of the deceased and blocked the traffic. The bodies were, however, later buried at the Mewa Shah graveyard.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • RKM
    Apr 25, 2013 - 1:26PM

    Karachi division president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Abdul Qadir Patel said that the city’s situation was getting more violent by the day and that the caretaker government is missing in action.

    Sir, I see the other way round. Probably, your definition of ”worsening situation” and that of Karachiites is poles apart. And that can be seen by your performance of your government in the last five years.

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  • Saad
    Apr 25, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Lyari is one of those places where every party goes to get votes from and does nothing after just like the interior sindh, cause they know once they educate this people they will never get there vote as they will not be able to control them as they do

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  • minors
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:42PM

    lyari…ohh the huge slum in pakistan??

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  • KH
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:44PM

    So how come rangers got wounded?…..if this was a one sided actionRecommend

  • Arzoo
    Apr 25, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Horrible reporting. The report does not indicate what the three deceased men were accused of, what the eyewitnesses reported seeing, what the police’s version is as to what they were doing there. The report does not indicate if the police tried to apprehend them first and the men responded by opening fire or what. What happened???? The picture shown above partially says something about “at the instigation of a linguistic party.” So, the people must have been protesting that action was taken at the behest of a political / linguistic party. I know that there are constraints in the sense that the press sometimes is not at liberty to name political parties for one reason or another, but still a better reporting job is expected from a professional organization like the Express Tribune. Your readers deserve better information.

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