KARACHI - A shutter-down strike was observed on Friday in Karachi on the call of Ulema Action Committee against the killing of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq leader Mufti Usman Yar Khan and brewing security situation in the metropolis.
The country’s financial hub witnessed a complete shutdown of commercial activities on Friday. All the shopping and business centers, universities, colleges and schools remained closed.
Traffic remained sparse on roads as transporters did not bring their vehicles on roads during the strike. Normal life in the city was paralyzed and most of the citizens could not go to their workplaces and remained stranded behind closed doors.
In the wake of the strike calls, all the associations of private schools in the city announced to keep educational institutions closed. Also, examinations scheduled for Friday were postponed by the University of Karachi and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology.
Similarly, the Karachi Transport Ittehad had announced to keep public transport off roads backing the strike call. Later they announced public transport vehicles would return to roads after Friday prayers. Life returned to normalcy in Karachi after Ulema Action Committee announced to resume routine activities after Juma prayer. City’s markets, shops and petrol stations were opened and public transports started plying on roads.
Meanwhile, Ulema Action Committee leaders expressed gratitude towards transporters, business community and citizens on observing a peaceful strike in the metropolis against the killing of JUI-S leader Usman Yar Khan. They said the citizens had registered a historical protest against the provincial government by halting their routine activities.
JUI-S Karachi chief Qari Abadul Manan Anwar, JUI-F Karachi chief Qari Mohammad Usman, ASWJ leader Dr Mohammad Fayaiz, flanked by leaders of Tanzeemul Ulema, Majlis Khatim-e-Nabuwat, Ansar Allama, Ishaat Tauheed-o-Sunnat , Jamia Banoria and others addressing a press conference at Jamia Dar-ul-Khair Gulistan-e-Johar said Karachi was the jugular vein of Pakistan but it was witnessing killings of clerics, students, lawyers, doctors and innocent citizens for a couples of years and the killers remained untraced.
Warning the Sindh government, they said struggle was still in progress and committee might call for another shutter-down strike if the government did not address their demands.
They said in the second phase of their protest, seminary students led by clerics would besiege the Chief Minister’s House, Governor’s Houses and Police Headquarters by putting up protest camps.
Meanwhile, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen also called a shutter-down strike in Karachi on Friday in connection with the Mastung incident. It demanded the government to launch a countrywide military operation to eliminate terrorists.