A man was killed and seven others, including a child, injured in Nawabshah when police fired in the air to disperse a mob protesting against Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO), on Monday. The strike call was given by Sindh Bachao Committee (SBC) an alliance of Sindh’s nationalist parties and civil society. The SBC had announced to stage a sit-in in front of the Sindh Assembly. Business activities came to a halt all over Sindh province.
A complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in interior Sindh to protest against the ordinance, while a partial strike was observed in Karachi where Sindhi and Baloch areas remained shut.
Workers of nationalist parties besieged the house of PPP MPA Najamuddin Abro in Safoora (Karachi) They also staged a protest demonstration against Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro in Larkana City. Meanwhile, Nawabshah City remained totally shut against the local government bill. A large number of political activists and citizens took to streets, blocking the Nawabshah-Sakrand Road and chanted slogans against the PPP and MQM. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse them while in return of which a JSQM worker, Khadim Khaskheli, ( Nawabshah ) died on the spot while seven others, including nine-year-old Javed Illahi, were injured.
Protesters set fire to Airport Police Station. Nawabshah meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rasheed Zardari said ” the strike was peaceful, however some anti-social elements fired at police”.
On the other hand, a JSQM leader said the party will hold ‘peaceful protest’ in the entire province (Sindh) against the killing on October 3.