KARACHI: Normal life in the metropolis was affected owing to strike call on Friday by the Awami National Party (ANP) to support the agitation of KESC workers and register their protest against prolonged loadshedding in the city. Following the announcement of ANP for strike, the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) also endorsed the call and its member associations kept their vehicles off the road.
“According to our record, at least 7 vehicles were set ablaze by miscreants since Thursday night,” said Chief Fire Officer of City Fire Brigade. He said the vehicles include two cars, trucks, one green bus and two passengers coaches which were set on fire in various parts of the city.
In the early morning, the miscreants also blocked several roads disturbing movement of even private vehicles. The business activity in the city was also affected due to the strike call. Unidentified mobsters in the morning forced gasoline stations to close. “After receiving threats we decided to close the CNG and petrol filling stations,” said an official of CNG and Petroleum Dealers Association.
Police and Rangers were on patrol in various parts of the city to prevent violence. Sindh CM asks Committee to hold talks with KESC management, workers to resolve matter. Meanwhile Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has directed a five-member committee to hold talks with the management of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and the workers of the utility to resolve the dispute peacefully.
The Chief Minister who had expressed concern at the situation arising out of the strike of the workers of the KESC, was chairing a high-level meeting with the management of the utility at the CM House. He directed the KESC management to take immediate steps for the resolution of the problem keeping in view the prevailing situation in the metropolis.
Qaim Ali Shah also instructed the Inspector General of Police Sindh to ensure the protection of KESC’s installations and equipment and that action be initiated against the miscreants. He also asked the five-member committee which had already been formed to hold meeting tomorrow with the KESC management and the employees so as to help resolve their dispute.
Chief Minister also urged both the parties to hold unconditional talks peacefully for immediate resolution of their dispute so that relief could be provided to the people. The meeting was attended by the Sindh minister for Power, Ms. Shazia Marri, IGP Sindh, Fayyaz Leghari, CCPO Karachi, Saud Mirza, KESC’s Dr. Naveed, Brig. (Retd) Mazhar ul Haq.