According to details, businesses and educational institutions in Karachi and other cities of Sindh remained closed on the occasion.
Private and public schools, shops and petrol stations were closed in Karachi. Several localities in Karachi gave a deserted look. No major incident of violence was reported.
All examination papers of class XII and X, scheduled to be held today by education boards, were postponed due to the uncertainty of law and order situation in Karachi on the day of mourning. The exams will take place today (Friday). Sindh Board of Technical Education Karachi and University of Karachi also postponed their examination papers.
Markets, CNG and petrol pumps and shops started opening in the city soon after MQM’s announcement. Public transports remained thin in the city as commuters faced hardships in making it to their destinies.
The same situation was reported from elsewhere in Sindh, with large and small markets shut amid thin traffic on roads in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah and other towns of Sindh on MQM’s call for mourning
Meanwhile, in a statement issued here, the coordination committee thanked the business community and transporters for their cooperation on day of mourning observed over the killings of MQM’s workers and sympathizers.
The Coordination Committee demanded of the Sindh government to take action against the killers of the party workers and bring them to book.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference Deputy Convener Coordination Committee of MQM Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the MQM workers are being kidnapped and killed in Karachi.
He urged the authorities concerned to take action and arrest the killers and extortionists. Dr Khalid Maqbool accused PPP and Sindh government of patronizing the criminals of ‘People’s War Gang’.
He said Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah instead of visiting the Quaid’s mausoleum went to see the criminals after being elected.
MQM workers were tortured and then put to death, he said, adding that law enforcement agencies are raiding MQM workers houses.
It is pertinent to mention here that a sit-in was staged outside the Chief Minister House against the killing of three MQM sympathizers whose bodies were found in Memon Goath area of Malir on Wednesday. The protest was later culminated on government’s assurances.
A large number of MQM workers and leaders attended the protest which continued till late night on Wednesday. The MQM on Thursday announced to end its day of mourning at 4 pm as transport and business activities resumed in the city.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain thanked traders and transporters for supporting MQM in the mourning against “targeted-killing” of its three sympathizers in recent days.