Aerial firing on New Year’s Eve injures 19 in Karachi


KARACHI Jan 01 (TNS): Nineteen people, including a woman, were injured in various parts of the city due to aerial firing during the New Year celebrations, in violation of clear orders by the Sindh government.

Majority of firing incidents took place in the Nazimabad area.

The wounded were shifted to various hospitals for treatment.

Chief Minister and Home Minister Sindh had ordered police to take strict action against those resorting to aerial firing.

“No containers will be placed on the roads before New Year’s Eve,” Home Minister Sindh Sohail Siyal told journalists on Sunday morning, adding that none of the roads will be blocked with or without the use of containers.

The minister, however, advised police to put into effect Section 144 to take action against those indulging in aerial firing or one-wheeling as well as those who ride motorcycles without silencers.

“I, myself, will be there to monitor roads around Sea View,” he said.

Aerial firing results in a number of injuries and deaths all over the country. Seventeen people were reported injured as a result of aerial firing in various areas of the city last year during celebrations.