Five more killed in violence as MQM mourning shuts Karachi

* Businesses, petrol pumps and commercial centres remain closed, public transport stays off roads in several Sindh cities * Private schools closed, exams postponed

KARACHI: At least five people were killed and two others wounded in firing and violence-related incidents in the city on Friday, as the country’s financial capital remained shut following a protest call by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) against extra-judicial killings of its party members.
Three people were killed in a clash between two groups at Daryaabad area of Lyari.
Fear and tension gripped the area after the clash. The bodies of the deceased were shifted to the Civil Hospital where they were identified as Haqdar Khan Niazi, Sultan Khan Niazi and Yousuf Khan Niazi.
Meanwhile, two bodies were found in the jurisdiction of the Mauripur Police Station in the Musharraf Colony area. The bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital and were not identified until the filing of this report. 
Meanwhile, on the MQM’s call to observe a day of mourning, traders kept their businesses, commercial centres and shops closed. 
Transporters had also said they would support the party’s call by keeping their vehicles off the roads. Petrol and CNG stations as well as major and minor business centres were shut across the city.
The Private School Management Association on Thursday had announced that schools operating privately would also remain shut. Moreover, the matriculation and intermediate boards also postponed all examinations scheduled for Friday, saying that the new dates for the papers would be announced later.
Papers scheduled for Friday at the Karachi University, Sir Syed University, Ned University, Dawood Engineering University and Jinnah Women University were also cancelled.
Meanwhile, funerals of two of the deceased MQM workers were offered at Numaish Chowrangi in the afternoon, which were attended by a large number of people. After the funeral prayers, traders and transporters announced to resume regular activities in Karachi.
The day of mourning was observed in other cities of the province as well. Thin traffic was reported on main roads in the morning. Petrol pumps and business outlets were shut in Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Tando Wala Yaar, Mirpur Khas and other adjoining areas.
The MQM had given the protest call to mourn over the killing four of its workers whose bodies were found near Memon Goth area on Wednesday night.
According to the MQM Raabta Committee’s Deputy Convener Nasir Jamal, all four deceased belonged to the MQM. He said that the victims – identified as Sameed, Salman, Faizan and Ali – were kidnapped from Country Tower. 

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