KARACHI: Soon after the news of MQM chief Altaf Hussain spiraled, Karachi and interior Sindh areas descended into chaos and panic, bringing all routine activities to a standstill.
Sensing closure of the city, motorists started to throng petrol stations in large numbers as well as office-goers leaving their offices.
Incidents of aerial firing were reported from different areas of Karachi including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, leaving at least three people injured.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain has been ‘arrested’ from North West area of London over money laundering charges. Scotland Yard also confirmed the arrest.
Intermediate board examinations scheduled in the city has been postponed.
Reports were also received from Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad where business activities came to a halt after news of Altaf’s arrest spread.
Several areas of Karachi have also been shut with disappearance of public transport from roads.
Karachi transport body announced to take their vehicle off roads in view of the deteriorating law and order. Additional IG Karachi has directed police to remain alert to cope with any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, security to British Consulate in Karachi has also been beefed up in view of the looming breakdown of law and order situation.
However, MQM leader Faroog Naseem said the news of arrest of Mr. Atlaf Hussain was not correct. “He is detained for questioning,” said Mr. Naseem.