Karachi: As Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch entered a truce brokered by Qaumi Awami Tehreek chief Ayaz Latif Palijo, a pressure group, quintessentially led by the locals of Lyari, was concurrently gaining momentum in the neighbourhood.
It is the Save Lyari Movement – “a pressure group that was the result of the angst and helplessness of the people of Lyari” is how one of its leading members defines it.
The rally for the “love and sanctity of Sindh Dharti” began with a lot of fanfare from Lyari’s Aath Chowk on Tuesday, but ended on a bloody note by the time it reached the Karachi Press Club.
As soon as the rally reached Paan Mandi near Denso Hall, intense firing started in the area, instantly killing seven people. Within minutes, the unrest spread to other areas of Lea Market as well, in which further deaths and injuries were reported. Till the filing of this report, 12 people were killed and 30 injured in the violence.