Second MQM strike halts activity in Karachi

Traffic on the roads thin as businesses remained closed.

Web Desk April 26, 2013
A file photo of Karachi during a strike. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

KARACHI: Businesses, shops and schools remained closed in the city and other parts of Sindh on Friday, after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a day of mourning relating to a second attack on their election office a day before.

Five people were killed and a dozen others were injured due to the attack.

Traffic on the roads was thin as businesses remained closed.

However, the city will resume activity as the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) announced to bring transport on the streets at 4pm, Express News reported Friday.

Barely 48 hours after a bomb attack outside a Muttahida Qaumi Movement camp office on Tuesday, another bomb blast took place close to an MQM election office in the city’s North Nazimabad neighbourhood, prompting the party to call for a day of mourning on Friday.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, four to five kilogrammes of explosive material were used in the device, and BDS officials said the materials used in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s blasts were identical.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack.  “This is in continuation of our policy to target three political parties, the ANP, MQM and PPP,” he said from an undisclosed location. “These attacks will continue,” he warned.



Nopunjabiplease | 8 years ago | Reply We don't want parties who are in alliance with ttp to tell us what's good for Karachi. We have built Karachi and will also protect it. We don't want outside interference. Proud Mohajir.
A Karachiite | 8 years ago | Reply

Such a shame.. not many would condemn TTP or show sympathy with the victims. It feels to me that rest of Pakistan knows problem of Karachi better than Karachiites. Let the people of Karachi suggest them. We don't need any suggestion from clever people. We know who to vote!!!!!!!!!

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