Political party calls for Karachi shutdown as protest

Feb. 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A prominent political party ordered the shutdown of Karachi, Pakistan, for a day over what it claims are targeted killings of its members.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, said more than 40 party activists have disappeared since a police crackdown on government corruption began in November.

In response, the party ordered Karachi -- Pakistan's largest city with more than 9.3 million residents and the MQM's traditional power base -- closed Saturday in protest.

Public transportation ground to a halt and most shops and businesses remained closed for the day. The University of Karachi also closed for the day.

The MQM called Saturday a "day of mourning," Dawn News reported.

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