The city observes a complete shutdown strike on Saturday, announced by traders against the extortion mafia, DawnNews reported.
Karachi Observes Complete Shutdown Strike
KARACHI: The city observes a complete shutdown strike on Saturday, announced by traders against the extortion mafia, DawnNews reported.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other political parties are also supporting the strike.
The traffic is scarce on roads and business centers and markets are shut.
Also, according to a statement released by the MQM’s London secretariat, MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain made an appeal to all sector and party workers that the call for strike was given against the extortion mafia only, which is meant to be 100 per cent peaceful.
Moreover, he said that if any MQM worker was found responsible for any arsonist or miscreant activity, then that worker’s party membership would be suspended permanently.
On Friday, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced that the Secondary School Certificate (Class IX and X) annual examinations practical scheduled for Saturday had been postponed.
The BSEK controller of examinations, Rafia Mallah, told Dawn that though the new dates for Saturday’s postponed practical exams would be announced later by the schools concerned, all those Class IX and X practical exams scheduled for Monday would be conducted as per original timetable.
The Private Schools’ Management Association (PSMA) chairman Sharfuzzaman announced that all the private schools of the city would remain closed on Saturday in view of the city’s law and order situation.
A spokesman for the Karachi University said that the university would remain open on Saturday and academic activities will continue as usual.
A spokesman for the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology said MA annual examination (private) scheduled for Saturday would now be held on Monday.
“The 170 CNG stations in the city will definitely remain closed under the gas load management,” said Abdul Sami Khan of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association.
The closure of CNG stations in the city for 24 hours on Saturday from 9am onwards under gas load management will further trim the number of vehicles of roads.