The commercial capital of Pakistan has been paralysed by a city-wide strike in protest at a suicide attack that killed 43 people earlier this week. Karachi’s streets were almost empty this morning with only a few owners retrieving belongings from gutted shops.
The city’s stock exchange, which normally operates on the first day of the year, was also closed.
‘‘People’s businesses are ruined, many are completely broke. The people linked to these businesses, some of them on daily wages, are jobless. What else can they do except go on a strike,’‘ one man said.
Police have arrested 18 people since riots triggered by the bombing destroyed hundreds of shops. That damage is estimated to have cost nearly 250 million euros. The Taliban have threatened further bloodshed following Monday’s blast, which ripped through a religious procession.