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Strike called over Quetta killings
Publication Date : 18-02-2013
The Shia Ulema Council in Pakistan's Quetta have called for a strike to be observed in Karachi today in response to the killings the region that left 84 people dead.
The Ulema said the strike will be held peacefully and that the sit-in will continue at Numaish Chowrangi.
The business community in Karachi have supported the strike call, stating that shops and markets will be closed.
Public transport will also be closed, along with the city’s private schools.
Political parties have voiced their support for the strike call, including the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Jamaat-i-Islami.
The MQM’s Rabita Committee said that the terrorists involved in the Quetta attack must be arrested.
Meanwhile Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that arms and ammunition are brought into Quetta from Afghanistan.
He said that the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi group could not carry out such a large scale attack without foreign assistance.
The interior minister said that at the demand of the people of Balochistan, governor rule was imposed, after which there has been a fall in target killings and kidnappings in the province.