Zamir Sheikh & RAMZAN CHANDIO KARACHI - Violence erupted in Karachi on Friday in response to the shutter-down strike call given by ruling PPP to protest against the removal of NAB Chairman Syed Deedar Hussain Shah on the orders of Supreme Court. Though police force was deployed and Rangers were patrolling, at least five people were killed and 12 injured while one dozen vehicles were set ablaze in various parts of the metropolis as the protests turned violent. Wearing Sindhi cap and ajrak, the PPP leaders openly decried the Apex Court accusing it of adopting discriminatory attitude against Sindhis. Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq announced that all public and private schools will remain closed on Friday. A new trend was witnessed in Karachi that the armed miscreants riding on motorbikes shot in legs and hands of those shopkeepers who tried to open their shops in various commercial and trading centres. Armed gangsters resorted to firing at Noorani hotel in the jurisdiction of Kalri police station as a result of which one Shaukat, 40, was killed. The deceased was resident of Shah Beg line Lyari. On Siddique Wahab Road near Spencer Hospital, armed men gunned down, a bird vendor. One Aslam s/o Allah Rakha was killed near KMC workshop where armed men resorted to firing in a bid to close the business in the area. Unknown armed men gunned down one Shabbir, 32, in Orangi Town Sector-I and injured Baba Khaliq, 50, and Mazhar, 20. The deceased was the disciple of Baba Khaliq. They were cleaning the Aastana of Baba Khaliq. In Awami Colony Korangi, unknown gunmen killed one Abdul Aziz, 40. The deceased was selling Iranian petrol. Four injured were brought to Jinnah Hospital and six were admitted to Civil Hospital. Miscreants torched two private buses in SITE area, a Mini-bus route No-W-21 near Gate-I Mehmoodabad, one car in Garden area near Dhobi Ghat, one car at Burns Road, and two cars at showroom in New Town area. Numbers of push carts were set ablaze near Al-Asif Square. Trading activities came to a grinding halt while public transport was thin as petrol pumps reminded closed. Taxi and rickshaw drivers exploiting the situation as they over-charged the people. Karachi University also announced that exams scheduled to be held on Friday had been postponed. The new date for the exams will be announced later, the KU announcement added. Lyari, Dalmia Gulistan-e-Johar, Sachhal Goth, Pehalwan Goth, Marora Goth and other suburban areas were most affected and armed miscreants resorted to firing. Complete strike was observed in almost all districts of Sindh on the call by PPP to protest against the dismissal of NAB Chairman Deedar Hussain Shah. Reports from Hyderabad said that shopping centres and business houses remained closed in Hyderabad on Friday. However, shopping centres in Qasimabad, Bhitai Nagar, Naseem Nagar, Sherish Nagar remained closed. Miscreants resorted to aerial firing and burnt tyres at Haider Chowk, Sakhi Pir, Sarfraz Colony and other areas. One person sustained bullet injuries. Fear gripped the City. Reports from interior parts of the province said that strike was observed in almost all the districts such as Jamshoro, Dadu, Qambar-Shahdad Kot, Larkana, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Mirpur Mathelo, Khairpur, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Tando Jam, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan and Thatta. PPP leaders took out rallies and staged demos against the removal of Chairman NAB Deedar Shah on the orders of Apex Court. They criticised the Apex Court for what they called giving anti-Sindhi verdict and trying to destabilise PPP-led government. Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah is known for his long association with the PPP and his participation in party politics. He was elected members of Sindh Assembly on PPP ticket in 1988. However, he had lost election in 1990. He was appointed as judge in second tenure of PPP. Meanwhile, the ruling PPP lawmakers of Sindh Assembly on Friday delivered furious speeches against the removal of NAB chairman Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah alleging it as biased verdict of Supreme Court against Sindh province. All the PPP ministers and lawmakers wearing Sindhi caps and Ajrak, and black bands on their arms took out a rally from the Sindh Assembly to the Sindh High Court building for expressing their resentment against the verdict. They also chanted slogans not to accept the verdict of the 'Punjabi Judges. Before commencing of the Assembly session at 11:05am, with Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro in the chair, in the presence of only 20 members against 42, a requirement of quorum to run the proceedings, the parliamentary party also held meeting at the CMs chamber on premises of the assembly building where the PPP chalked out strategy for the protest. As it had already called for general strike and protest on Friday, all the lawmakers arrived fully prepared for protesting the verdict against the NAB chairman who holds domicile of Sindh. However, the MQM continued boycott of the Assembly and their seats remained vacant. After question-hour, PPPs active lawmaker Sharjeel Inam Memon urged the chair to allow him to move an out-of-turn resolution which was granted by the House. The resolution reads: 'This Assembly expresses dismay over the petition of MNA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan against Deedar Hussain Shah and resolves that his partial and discriminatory attitude is damaging for the inter-provincial harmony and a threat to the democratic process. It pays tribute to Deedar Shah for his services as the chief justice of SHC and judge of the SC. All the PPP ministers and MPAs including Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah supported the resolution strongly, but opposition lawmakers of the PML-Q and the PML-F did not stand to show solidarity with the PPP. However, the chair announced unanimous passage of the resolution. PPP MPA Sharjeel Inam Memon criticised the PML-N and its opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar who had filed the petition against the NAB chairmans appointment. Referring to the SC verdict, Memon said it was prerogative of the president and the prime minister to appoint NAB chairman, but the PML-N leader approached court with bad intention and biased attitude against the Sindh province domicile-holder officer. He said the people of Sindh asked questions that why Sindh received dead bodies of leaders like Shaheed Zulfikar Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto while Nawaz Sharif, a convicted person from courts, was sent abroad. Similarly, when Nawaz Sharif approached the court against sacking of his government the judiciary restored his (Nawaz) government. When Shaheed BB approached the courts against sacking of her government, she was denied justice, he pointed out, blaming that courts were heading against the PPP that restored the defunct judges. Memon said the Supreme Court was hearing petitions against the PPP and its government, but why it was silent over petition filed by Asghar Khan regarding disbursement of public money among the IJI and other parties, Mehran Bank scandal, Hudabia paper mills and the case against Shahbaz Sharif whose government running on a stay order, he questioned. He quoted some media reports that some judges had blood relations with the PML-N leaders, adding the people of Sindh now openly questioned early hearing of petitions against the PPP government. Memon further said there was no allegation of corruption against Deedar Shah. Even Nawaz Sharif during his imprisonment in Landhi jail had expressed confidence and demanded for transferring his case to the Shahs court, he alleged. Engineer Muhammad Rafiq said the SC verdict was a conspiracy against democracy. He also criticised a private TV channel, which according to him, was spreading propaganda to hide their black money and to save its taxes. Referring to a news item published in an English daily, Home Minister Dr Zufliqar Mirza said this repot was meant to create provincial disharmony which indicated that the bench which delivered verdict against the NAB chairman consisted of two judges of Balochistan, and one from Punjab. Mirza said all the three judges who delivered verdict were Punjabi speaking. After disposing off agenda of the assembly, the chair adjourned the house to meet again on coming Monday at 10am. Later, the PPP ministers and MPAs marched from the Assembly to the high court building. PPP Sindh vice president Dr Zulfiqar Mirza led the rally. 'Punjab ka faisla na manzoor, Punjab ki judiciary na manzoor, Sindh dushman faislay na manzoor, PPP dushman faislay na manzoor, Hamaray sath insaf kro, Zinda hay Benazir zinda hay and other slogans were chanted by the PPP lawmakers.