Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday took a serious note of the situation in Karachi and sought a report from the Advisor on Interior within 24 hours. The Prime Minister also directed the provincial authorities to take strict action against the law violators and said no one will be allowed to put at risk the lives and property of the people.
Some 77 citizens, including 11 women, were reportedly injured in the ethnic violence erupted Saturday noon, while 17 vehicles, one marriage hall and six shops were also torched by angry mobs in various areas. Streets were deserted and deprived off public transport on Sunday morning as citizens preferred to stay at homes owe to fear and tension gripped the city after Saturday’s incidents. Major markets and shops in affected areas were also remained shut.
On late night Saturday, a security-guard of a car showroom was shot dead at Jauhar Morr, while two men were killed by unknown miscreants in North Nazimabad and Nishter Park areas. Two dead bodies were recovered from near New Memon Masjid and Radio Pakistan building at M. A. Jinnah road.
Airports nationwide had been put on red alert and the airports’ special passes were cancelled for security purposes following the situation, ARY OneWorld reported. The incidents of violence took place mainly at Banaras, Orangi Town, Quaidabad, North Karachi, Nazimabad and Sohrab Goth areas. Police sources said that at least 17 vehicles were set ablaze in various parts of the city on Saturday. Police also arrested 30 suspects from various areas, says CCPO Karachi Waseem Ahmed.
Twelve station house officers (SHOs) have been reshuffled in the metropolis on Sunday. The police officials, however, clarified these transfers were not made over violence that left 14 people dead in Karachi on Saturday.
Sources told that SHO Khuda Bakhsh was transferred to Guddap City, Asif Jakhrani in Maripur, Ghaffar Jamani in Gizri, Suheel Akhtar in Alfalah, Rana Sadiq in Ferrier, Noor-ul-Haq in Sukhun, Muhammad Akram in Saudabad, Shaukat Raza in Docs, Aijaz Rajpar in Gulshan Maimar, Shabbir Hussain in Mobina Town, Zulqarnain Akhtar in Gulberg, Tanvir Murad in Sohrab Goth, Manzoor Siddiqi in Memon Goth and Ghulam Mustafa has been transferred to the KPT police station. Karachi Police Chief Wasim Ahmed said that it was a routine reshuffle which had no connection with Karachi situation
While Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) have condemned in strongest terms the violent incidents in Karachi and termed them part of a conspiracy to trigger ethnic riots in the city. In a joint communiqué the MQM and ANP leaders said those playing with lives and property of innocent citizens are neither the friends of Pukhtoons nor of Urdu speaking people. Actually they are the common enemies of both.
The MQM and ANP leaders said they are making joint efforts for maintaining peace in the city.
They stressed on their respective representatives and workers in their areas to maintain a strict vigil on evil elements and play their effective role for protection of life and property of people.-SANA