Sindh govt issues shoot-at-sight orders in Karachi

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 21:43

Karachi: The Sindh government on Wednesday issued
shoot-at-sight orders in Pakistan`s port city of Karachi to
quell bloody riots that have claimed at least 63 lives and
injured 155 following the murder of a prominent lawmaker two
days ago.
Reza Haider, a senior member of Sindh Provincial
Assembly, was gunned down along with his bodyguard and a party
worker on Monday by unidentified assailants when he had gone
to a mosque to attend the funeral of a relative.

The death of the legislator belonging to the Muthaida
Qaumi Movement (MQM) sparked off a deadly outbreak of riots in
the country`s commercial capital.

Police and hospital officials said that 63 people have
been killed and 155 people are being treated in hospitals as
of now in the violence.

Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said Rangers and
police personnel have been ordered to shoot at miscreants
indulging in violence.
Scores of shops, vehicles, houses and carts were burnt
by unidentified miscreants despite heavy patrolling on roads
and streets in the city.

The All Karachi Traders Association claimed that
businessmen had suffered a loss of 10 billion Rupees because
of the violence in two days.

Life remained at a standstill as all markets, schools,
colleges, commercial areas, public and private transport were
closed here on the second day of a three-day mourning period
announced by the MQM for their slain leader.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 21:43

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