Strike against Quetta bombing brings Karachi to a standstill

KARACHI: A call for strike by Shia Ulema Council (SUC), condemning the recent Quetta bombing, brought Karachi to a standstill on Monday as businesses remained closed and public transport was off the roads.

On February 16, a massive bomb ripped though a busy market in a Shia Hazara neighbourhood of Quetta, killing more than 80 people and injuring nearly 200.

The outlawed sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

Political and religious parties supported today’s call for strike, while lawyers’ community decided to boycott courts in protest.

Sit-ins at Numaish Chowrangi and at several other areas are also underway, hampering traffic. Ancholi and Ayesha Manzil in Federal B Area were also blocked due to the sit-ins.

Twitter users tweeted saying that the main Shahrah-e-Faisal road leading to the airport was also blocked, leaving several people stranded at the airport.

Courtesy by: The Express Tribune

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