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KARACHI: Business and commercial activities remained widely closed in the city on Friday in the wake of a strike called by the Ulema Committee against the murder of a renowned religious scholar, Maulana Adil Khan.

The strike call was supported by religious parties including Jamaat-i-Islami, traders and transporters to keep their businesses closed as part of the protest by the Ulema Committee against killing of Adil Khan.

The Major parts of the city were seen largely closed. Wholesale, retail, gold and other businesses were also closed. Public transport was not playing on the roads which forced the public to find private commuting facilities to reach their jobs on a working day.

The killers of religious scholar, Adil Khan, are still at large despite assurances by the police chief. The strike in Karachi was also part of the countrywide protest. Police and rangers had to increase patrolling and security checks across the city specially near Nomaish Chowrangi, Guru Mandir and New Town areas where roads were seen closed with containers in a bid to meet any unpleasant incident.

In some areas due to the roads closures public had to take a longer route to reach their destinations. No violent incident was reported during the day, as people after the Friday's prayers held small protest rallies peacefully to demand from the Sindh government to arrest the killers.

Maulana Adil Khan was shot dead along with his driver near Shah Faisal Colony on 10th of this month. His killing prompted the protest strike.

"The non-arrest of the killers of Maulana Adil Khan is a matter of concern," despite a passage of one week, Qari Muhammad Usman, a local leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam said, demanding a watertight security of religious scholars.

Ghulam Nabi Memon, Karachi police chief, who is heading a four-member inquiry committee investigating into the killing of Adil Khan, pledged to share developments with Ulema Committee in this connection.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020