KARACHI: Sindh came to a standstill on Friday as a complete strike was observed across the province on a call given by the People’s Party in protest against the removal of National Accountability chairman Syed Deedar Husain Shah on the orders of the Supreme Court. Processions were taken out and token hunger strikes were observed to voice frustration over the decision.
Educational institutions remained closed and roads wore a deserted look In the absence of public transport. Most petrol stations too remained shut.
In Karachi, seven people, including a teenaged boy, were killed and 18 vehicles, several roadside stalls and a container were set on fire in different areas of the city.
Although police did not rule out that the violence was in part a reaction to the Nab chief’s removal, they put down tension in Lyari to a “standoff between two ethnic groups”.
The Sindh Assembly adopted a resolution unanimously terming MNA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s petition against Deedar Hussain Shah damaging to inter-provincial harmony and a threat to democracy. Representatives of the legal fraternity condemned the strike call given by the ruling party in Sindh, warning that politicisation of legal issues might lead to anarchy. IMAM SHOT DEAD: A Pesh Imam and area leader of the Jamat-i-Ahl-i-Sunnat was shot dead in Korangi on Friday night.
According to police, the 45-year-old Syed Mahmood Ali Shah was targeted outside Jamia Siddiqia Rizvia, a mosque-cum-madressah, in Korangi Y area, by two men riding on a motorcycle.
The imam was hit by seven bullets and died on the spot.