MQM activists Wednesday torched buses and trucks and fired in the air following the arrest of a former MPA, Nadeem Hashmi, in connection with the killing of two policemen.
Hashmi was arrested late Tuesday, the action condemned by the MQM as political victimization.
The police rejected the claim and said Hashmi is suspected for having hands in the police men killing.
Statements from the MQM self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain and some leaders in Karachi provoked the group’s workers to create panic in the city and disrupt normal life.
Transporters did not bring public transport on the road in view of attacks and burning some buses. Fuel and CNG stations were also closed in some parts of the city.
People faced problems to reach office and educational institutions. Private schools were also closed in parts of the city for the safety of the students.
The MQM accused the PPP’s Sindh government of arresting the MQM leader in false case and also claimed it is being punished for army deployment’s demand.
A MQM leader, Izhar-ul-Hasan demanded that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court monitor the targeted operation.
He also said the arrest of Hashmi has raised questions about the impartiality of the operation.
PPP sources say the MQM’s protest is negation of its commitment during meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Shaif to support the targeted operation.
MQM’s such approach could harm the planned operation as it can use its power to disrupt life in the city.