Karachiites feel virtually under ‘house arrest’

KARACHI - Millions of Karachiites will be virtually under ‘house arrest’ from Friday to Sunday owing to the unprecedented security measures taken by the federal and Sindh governments to prevent terror attacks in the city torn by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:49 PM

With no cellular services available on Friday from 1pm till midnight and virtual blackout on Saturday as well as ban on motorcycles has left the residents of this mega city hostage in their houses for 72 hours.

The security agencies have sealed off the city’s major thoroughfare M.A. Jinnah Road ahead of Ashura, forcing residents of the buildings along it to relocate to other areas or confine to their houses for the next three days.

“We have been directed by the police to stay inside our homes and refrain from watching the procession from windows and rooftops. This virtually means we are “under house-arrest” for the next three days”, a visibly angry resident Mohammed Hafeez said.

The city’s law enforcement agencies have prepared extensive security plans for Ashura. Over 900 close-circuit TV cameras have been installed at 144 spots on M.A. Jinnah Road to monitor the main procession.


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