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Karachi shuts down after Pakistan politician killed

Published on Jan 18, 2013 2:50 PM
 

KARACHI (AFP) - Shops, businesses and schools shut on Friday across Pakistan's financial capital Karachi, braced for further unrest after the murder of a politician and a night of sporadic shootings.

Manzar Imam, 42, a lawmaker from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a coalition partner in the federal government and the dominant political party in Karachi, was shot with three of his guards in a drive-by shooting on Thursday.

Overnight violence, linked to ethnic and politically linked tensions in Karachi, left five people dead and around 30 wounded, according to police.

Markets shut, streets were deserted and schools closed, with office attendance thin although government departments, the port and stock exchange remained open.

 
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