Protest against budget: Strike observed in Karachi on MQM callJune 13, 2015
KARACHI:,,, On the call of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), strike was observed in Karachi on Sunday against the new Sindh budget.
MQM had given the call on Saturday for a shutter-down strike across Sindh against the budget. It had asked traders, industrialists, shopkeepers and transporters to keep their businesses operation shut by 1:00 PM on Sunday.
Major markets, bazaars, hotels and shops remained shut in many areas of the city till half-day. Public transport also remained low till noon. After 1:00 PM, business and routine activities resumed. The attendance in private organizations also remained low.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has said that the new provincial budget is people friendly and carries various public welfare projects. He said forty-nine billion rupees have been allocated for development of Karachi city in the new budget but unfortunately MQM resorted to strike without going through the budget documents.
A partial strike was witnessed in Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Nawabshah, and Hyderabad. The people stayed homes due to the strike and Sunday holiday. Social activities also remain affected in many areas of these cities.