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Karachi at a standstill over strike call


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Shia Muslims block Malir Railway crossing as they are protesting against bomb blast at Qandhari Imambargah Alamdar Road in Quetta, during a demonstration at National Highway in Karachi on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Protest against
bomb blast that caused death of 86 Shiite Muslims enters on third day across the Pakistan.  — Photo by PPI

KARACHI: Businesses and markets remained shut as Karachi was paralysed on Monday over a strike call given in solidarity with the Shias and the Hazara community after Thursday's bombings in Quetta, DawnNews reported.

Petrol and CNG filling stations were shut and public transport remained off the roads.

Police and demonstrators blocked several roads, including some of the major arteries of the city.

Protesters also blocked railway tracks in Karachi's Malir area, disrupting the flow of railway traffic to and from the city.

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Muhammad Ahmed Mufti Jan 14, 2013 03:57pm
I have just returned from Karachi. With daily strike calls most of the businesses have switched their payrolls from salaried employees to daily wages. No attention is being paid to the plight of common karachites who are suffering from these senseless strike calls. Shame on all politicians.
Father-d-souza Jan 14, 2013 10:43am
Pakistan it seems is heading for a total chaos. May god give some, 'brains' to them so that pakistani start behaving live humans
Kaleem Jan 14, 2013 02:39pm
and what do you think is the way to put pressure on government for a common person. Try reaching out to Rehman Malik, let alone Zardari and let me know
nasir Jan 14, 2013 09:48am
perhaps a better way to show support would have been to put pressure on the government and collected funds for the families of the deceased victims.
TKfromUSA Jan 14, 2013 02:32pm
Better way would have been to work on the day of strike; and donate the wages for the day to the families of victims.