Strike by transporters brings Karachi to a standstill

Business and normal life has been completely paralysed in Pakistan`s main financial hub of Karachi due to a ongoing public transport strike to protest against the recent hike in fuel prices by the government.

Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 16:54 PM IST

Karachi: Business and normal life has been
completely paralysed in Pakistan`s main financial hub of
Karachi due to a ongoing public transport strike to protest
against the recent hike in fuel prices by the government.

The transporters associations today continued with a
total `wheel jam` strike for the second consecutive day
leaving people stranded on roads and badly affecting business
activities.

"The strike will continue until the governor and chief
minister meet us and give us assurances on what the government
plans to do," Irshad Bukhari the President of the Karachi
transporters unity told a press conference.

Atiq Meer the Chairman of the Karachi Markets
Association, an alliance of nearly 300 market and traders
associations said the transport strike was justified.

"Without public transport on the road it is not possible
to carry on routine business activities and people can`t reach
their workplaces so the trading activities are being affected
badly," he said.

He said if the government didn`t review the recent hike
in fuel prices the traders’ alliance would also join in the
strike.

The government announced a 50 per cent reduction in the
recent hike after a meeting with the city`s main party, the
Mutthaida Qaumi Movement but transporters say they want
assurances on the formula for increasing fuel prices every two
months.

The government this week increased all petroleum product
prices by nearly 9.9 per cent.

The transport strike left the roads of Karachi deserted
with market places also unable to open in many areas.

PTI