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Karachi at a standstill over strike call

January 14, 2013


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.