KARACHI: Unknown miscreants hurled a hand grenade on a van of patrolling police party near Civic Center in Hassan Square area of Karachi on Friday morning that left a policeman injured.
The injured policeman was shifted to a nearby hospital, while police reached the blast site and cordoned off the area.
Meanwhile, the city bore a deserted look as vehicular traffic remained sparse on the roads on Friday after a strike call was made by the Ulema action committee over the law and order situation in Karachi and by the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) to assert its demand for a military operation against terrorists.
The Karachi Transport Ittehad had decided to keep public transport off the roads in support of the strike but later announced that public transport vehicles would return to the roads after Friday prayers.
All private schools in Karachi remain closed on Friday, but the Sindh Education Department decided not to declare it an official holiday.
Shortly after the Private Schools Management Association, All Private Schools Management Association and Peak Private Schools Management announced the closure, the Sindh education department issued a statement that though the department condemned the unfortunate incident in Balochistan and the unrest that followed, it hoped that children’s education would not be disturbed by it. “Therefore all government schools will remain open on Friday,” said a spokesman for the education department.
The Karachi University also announced postponement of all examinations scheduled for the day. A new date would be announced later.