Politician's assassination paralyzes life in Pakistan's Karachi

18:32, August 03, 2010      

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by Syed Moazzam Hashmi

Life was paralyzed Tuesday in southern port city of Karachi in Pakistan following assassination of a politician Raza Haider on Monday evening and 46 more subsequent deaths overnight, as the city is still in grip of fear in continuing violence amid lurking fears of possible terrorism.

Irate protestors torched 35 vehicles around the city, as over 130 people were wounded in a widespread violence that also went wild in other urban centers of Sindh including Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur, as soon as the news of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member of southern Sindh provincial assembly Raza Haider's assassination spreaded, local media reported.

All shops in commercial centers are closed and frightened citizens are keeping behind closed doors as the streets in the 15 million inhabitants city present a deserted look. Gas/Petrol stations are closed adding more to the sufferings.

The worst hit were daily-wagers whose push carts and kiosks have been burnt to ashes as violence started Monday evening. Schools in Sindh province that were opened on Monday after two months of summer vacations, have been closed for the next three days and examinations in different universities have also been postponed.

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