Karachi: Hours before a press conference of the Mutthida Qaumi Movement (MQM) after the ending of their ultimatum pertaining to Abbas Town blast, unidentified men opened aerial firing in different areas of Karachi and Hyderabad and forced shopkeepers to close businesses.
Tension and fear gripped the metropolis and markets started closing when the armed men opened aerial in Karachi’s Gulistan Johar, Rizvia, Malir, New Karachi, Orangi, Korangi, Landhi, Saddar, Boltan Market and many other areas.
Meanwhile, Karachi Transport Ittihad (KTI) has also announced the closer of public transport service in the city. Petrol pumps and CNG filling stations have also been closed.
The city forced to standstill at the time the country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry are also present in the city.
Inter Service Public Relation said that the army chief visited the Corps Headquarters Karachi was briefed over the current security situation of the city during his visit.
Prior to this, a three-member bench headed by the chief justice heard the Karachi unrest and suo motu notice over the Sunday’s blast that killed over 45 people.
The apex court judges expressed anger over the performance of the police and rangers and held both the institutions responsible of the unrest.
Moreover, the similar situation was also witnessed in Hyderabad, Nawabshah and other cities of the province.
The situation turned panicky after the rumours were spread in the markets that MQM leader Farooq Sattar has been injured in an incident of firing.
It was also rumoured that few close relatives the MQM leaders had been kidnapped.
However, the police have denied the report spread through the rumours.