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Dead body of Muttehida Qaumi Movement Leader, Sajid Qureshi who assassinated along with his son by unidentified gunmen at Nazimabad, is being  shifted from hospital to home on Friday, June 21. — Photo by PPI
Dead body of Muttehida Qaumi Movement Leader, Sajid Qureshi who assassinated along with his son by unidentified gunmen at Nazimabad, is being shifted from hospital to home on Friday, June 21. — Photo by PPI
Body of MQM Member of Sindh Assembly Zahid Qureshi is seen in the ambulance after he was killed in a target killing incident in Karachi. — Online Photo by Anwar Abbas
Body of MQM Member of Sindh Assembly Zahid Qureshi is seen in the ambulance after he was killed in a target killing incident in Karachi. — Online Photo by Anwar Abbas
Security officials gather at site after target killing of 
Muttehida Qaumi Movement Leader, Sajid Qureshi who assassinated along with his son by 
unidentified gunmen at Nazimabad on Friday. — Photo by PPI
Security officials gather at site after target killing of Muttehida Qaumi Movement Leader, Sajid Qureshi who assassinated along with his son by unidentified gunmen at Nazimabad on Friday. — Photo by PPI

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) observed a day of mourning on Saturday to protest against the killings of its lawmaker Sajid Qureshi and his young son.

Schools, businesses, shops and petrol stations were closed in the city and public transport was scarce.

Earlier, MQM coordination call and ‘appealed’ to the traders and transporters to keep their businesses closed on Saturday.

“Condemning the incidents as a big tragedy the Co-ordination Committee announced to observe three days of mourning throughout the country. The decision was taken in a joint meeting of the committee in London and Pakistan,” said an MQM statement.

“The committee appealed to traders, industrialists, shopkeepers, transporters and people belonging to different spheres of life to observe the day of mourning and suspend business activities and keep transport vehicles off the road on Saturday.”

The associations of key business segments announced to stay away from their regular work on Saturday on the MQM appeal. They showed the same gesture on MQM’s appeal only last week when the party called for a ‘day of mourning’ and ‘appealed’ them to keep their businesses closed against killing of its workers.

“We strongly condemn the killing of MPA Qureshi and his young son and hold government responsible for failing to protect the lives of citizens,” said Ismail Lapuria, secretary of the Sindh Tajir Ittehad — a common platform of wholesale and retail markets across the province.

“We’ve responded to their [MQM] appeal and decided to keep business closed on Friday. It’s only to keep the protest peaceful and support the cause to condemn the brutality.”

Same were the thoughts from the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers’ Association and Karachi Transport Ittehad, who ‘supported’ the MQM protest and announced to keep fuel stations closed and buses off the road.

Exams postponed

The situation forced educational institutions to postpone the exams scheduled for Saturday. The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, the University of Karachi and the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi announced that the exams scheduled for June 22 had been postponed. They announced that the date for the postponed papers would be notified later.

The Urdu university also announced postponement of the Anjuman-i-Asatiza programme that was supposed to be held at its Gulshan-i-Iqbal Campus on Saturday. The BIEK, meanwhile, advised students to approach their respective colleges to get a new schedule of their technical exams.

Comments (41) Closed

Ali Jun 22, 2013 09:10am

Every week MQM wants shutter-strike. I don't understand why Goverment is not taking action against these kind strikes. People of Karachi are really fed up of these kind inconvenience. Family surviving on daily income basis suffer the most. The senate and NA should make law prohibiting strikes hartal , by making a law that without federal Govt permission no party will be allowed to take law and order in their hands. It is a serious matter and Govt should take this as soon as possible.

Nasir Jun 22, 2013 09:15am

I too condemned the killing and would like to see perpetrators get hanged. However, shutting down the city eventually would dim it's light and would loose it's appeal as a city of lights and life. MQM (any other political outfit ) should work with law enforcement officials and strengthen them so when these things occur police should catch the killers and bring them to justice

Agha Ata Jun 22, 2013 09:20am

No need to mourn over the death of anyone,. General Kiani is there to protect us. He said it many times.

Mike Jun 22, 2013 09:34am

Do the Businesses or Schools ever open in Karachi? The economy of Karachi is being systematically Destroyed on purpose.I do not see any other city in Pakistan having this problem,even in KP Province.

Muhammad Taqi Jun 22, 2013 09:55am

We strongly condemn murder of MPA and his son but what have 20 million people of Karachi done wrong that their life is brought to stand still. There have been taken hostage over the years and MQM needs to think about these mourning days and government needs to take responsibility of protecting people lives and their fundamental rights of going about their business in a normal manner.

suchbolo Jun 22, 2013 09:55am

No doubt this is grave crime but why shut down the city, How long this will go on, MQM , PPP and ANP should be bannad.

Usman Jun 22, 2013 10:11am

How a party with only a city representation is havin "across Pakistan" mourning ? Does Dawn Media has also joined the spicy , pressurised taglines race ?

Abdul rehman Jun 22, 2013 10:12am

what chaudry Niar is doing. Is he ministry of punjab or Pakistan

waters Jun 22, 2013 10:37am

This act of terror should be protested by all countrymen, not only MQM. TTP must be hunted down and brought to justice for killing innocent people. When will the government and law enforcement act. Declare open war on TTP.

Lahore Jun 22, 2013 11:34am

We are also mourning here in Lahore. We hope to morn with Bahi soon.

aisha Jun 22, 2013 11:49am

And again terrorists win. Again by killing one person they succeed in shutting down the whole city and bashing the national economy (Karachi contributes a whopping 42% to the GDP). What is everyone protesting about, when we and altaf bhai are repeatedly just playing in the hands of the terrorists again and again.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Jun 22, 2013 12:04pm

The karachites, Balochs, and Pukhtuns are being killed daily. The law enforcement agencies, the democratically established governments and the real rulers of Pakistan none take responsibility. What is the way out? Maybe we all should immigrate to Punjab as that is the safest province in the country? May Allah guide us. Ameen.

Ghalib Jun 22, 2013 12:08pm

Enough please, their are other civilised ways to protest and show grief this has too stop, why do you make the whole city suffer.

Mystic Jun 22, 2013 12:48pm

MQM cannot remain in opposition. They would keep disrupting the city and creating problems for everyone as long as they remain out of POWER!

waseem Jun 22, 2013 01:00pm

Across Pakistan ???

No way, life is normal across Pakistan. No one knows MQM other than few Karachitis and why didn't media made so much hue & cry over MPA killings in KPK & Balochistan ????

Muhammad Taqi Jun 22, 2013 01:07pm

@Ghalib : Fully agreed. But the PPP govt also has to step up and provide protection to people to go about their daily business as 'unidentified people' take 5 mins to set busses on fire, threaten people to close their business.

El Cid Jun 22, 2013 01:32pm

Chickens are coming home to roost. Time to put an end to the killing fields of Swat and Waziristan. Put a stop to the Drones and mercenary extrajudicial killings.

Talk, smoke the peace pipe. Don't fight the Farangi's war...or be prepared to have these observations and 'Hartals' 365 days a year.

Such mourning is Harram. When PTI lost their senior associate under similar circumstances, work was not stopped. Each day of such stoppage means those who work for daily hourly wages must go hungry or seek food for their children by other means. Beg, borrow, or steal. Or die!

Remember this when you do Harram mourning and stop others from earning a Halal living.

Noor Jun 22, 2013 01:44pm

The write of this news item can Explain "Mourning across Pakistan on MQM's appeal over MPA killing" I strongly disagree.

Atta Jun 22, 2013 02:20pm

@Ali: Governemnt should take action by improving law and order situation in the city.

shami Jun 22, 2013 02:29pm

A new force is emerging in Karachi to combat MQM.

Gerry D'Cunha Jun 22, 2013 02:59pm

muslims should sort unity among themself rather than killing their own brothers - muslims should learn to 'love' and have 'tolerance' in them and practice their faith sincerely which is the main cause

sarfraz Jun 22, 2013 03:10pm

Mourning by MQM, ok, but there should be no strike. If this is the criteria, what about the blast in Peshawar seminary where dozens of people lost their lives. What about the killing of two MPAs of PTI. PTI is sane enough to understand the peoples problem, therefore, did not call for any strike. MQM remains immature in this regard. Also watch how electronic media create the hype when MQM person is killed. This is not so when the person belongs to any other political party.

Reader Jun 22, 2013 04:20pm

Can Dawn please gather stats for the lost days Karachi due to strikes called by MQM or any other party. How do these political parties expect for poor people to survive with daily strikes whilst they enjoy life of Riley?

Nadir K (KPK) Jun 22, 2013 05:39pm

I am grieved when an innocent person is gunned down, KPK is suffering more than any other province but we don't hear businesses being shut down in Peshawar. Whenever MQM worker is killed, Dawn media high lights the news though 8-10 other people fall victims to target killing same day, they are just treated as statistics. Is it a sensationalism , a commercial gimmick to sell the paper or under pressure from a powerful party ?

Abdul Rahman Khan Jun 22, 2013 06:01pm

MQM claims to be the political party workingt for the lower and middle class people If this is so, the party should know that their calls for strike and 'sogh' (mourning) affects only this class who they claim to represent. A majority of this class earns its livelihood on daily basis. In the event of such disruption in economic activities only poor people and the economy of the country suffer. My earnest appeal to MQM leaders to realise the consequences and eschew such calls.

Qazi Jun 22, 2013 07:05pm

@Ghalib : Please ask the killers to kill in civilized way and then ask the protesters to do so. I think this is THE civilized way.

Qazi Jun 22, 2013 07:08pm

@Usman: Stop these ridiculous things. Karachi is Pakistan and every city is Pakistan.

Qazi Jun 22, 2013 07:11pm

@Nasir: Stop living in perfect world

laqat gondal Jun 22, 2013 07:36pm

If the CM would be like Qaim Ali Shah and Interior Minister like Ch Nisar; no body should expect stop killings and violence in karachi. Strong wills and people with vision and determination are required to control a city of 20.00m people.

SM Jun 22, 2013 07:49pm

Hundreds of people are dying everyday in Pakistan, everyday. If we start shutting down entire cities for mourning we'll be in gutters. The best thing to do is to work overtime to find the cause of this trouble, not shutdown and go to sleep!

A concerned Pakistani Jun 22, 2013 08:22pm

Strikes every other day!!, Can MQM achieve anything with every other day strike ? Atleast they should understand the misery people face with these strikes.

Saeed Jun 22, 2013 09:10pm

@Abdul rehman: What all Muslim doing when there brothers killing secular minded people. Stop blaming politician all the time.

zak Jun 22, 2013 09:20pm

Only solution to send all those from other provincces back and let karachi govern its own people until stability is restored and then those who come back are on work permits. this way no criminals will come here for killing and bringing their intolerant culture here.

HM Jun 22, 2013 10:10pm

Put Karachi under 2 day curfew. Declare Martial law in Karachi. Give army power to arrest all terrorists and try them in military courts. THE Only solution.

HM Jun 22, 2013 10:16pm

@Ali: Answer lies in Altah Hussain's recent speeches. Plan is to make jiiahpore, while our army sleeps. Kiani should be removed.

Shawn Jun 23, 2013 01:51am

A strike and closure of businesses and schools will not bring the dead ones back. What kind of logic is that on behalf of MQM? If they are trying to show their might, then the city understands that very well. But to show one's might at the expense of bringing the Country to halt defies common sense. Karachi is the pulse of Pakistan and every day it stays shut, costs Pakistan millions if not billions.

syed Jun 23, 2013 07:04am

Do we see respite in sight No ! Is there any improvement expected from the new govt as anticipated by so many (I do not think so). We need people like Musharraf to come back and put things right.

Let there be another 5 years of governance by already tried people and see what will happen.

My only question to the nation is when will it wake up

Ghalib Khan Jun 23, 2013 10:54am

@Abdul rehman: Of-course Punjab, Until- you just don't need to Win only in Punjab to make a national government till then yes only Punjab

Khalid Jun 23, 2013 11:36am

Killing on anyone is sad but killing the son of a political worker is just unbelievable. These people are not humans. How dare they kill innocent children of our country. What a waste of lives. How long are we going to suffer from this. These killers should be eliminated no matter what. Why cant we get army in Karachi?. How difficult is it to clean up Karachi. All unauthorised colonies should be demolished.

pankhanay Jun 24, 2013 01:12am

@Saeed: what do you mean by MQM being secular? let's see what Altaf has to say about Blasphemy Laws, Huddood, and other stuff.. Let's make him go mainstream..

pankhanay Jun 24, 2013 01:25am

"mourning" "appeal" "all over pakistan"

so disappointed with the level of quality of dawn lately, too much misspells, too much playing favorites..

I take it as sarcasm, but then again, its not a marshal law era, I think dawn ought to grow balls before its fate matches that of its sister (star).