KARACHI - People of Karachi on Saturday mourned the sad demise of prominent religious scholar Allama Dr Sarfraz Naeemi, who on Friday was martyred in a suicide attack in Lahore, by observing a total shutdown of business centres and trading house throughout the City. The mood in the City was solemn and quite and one could feel a tinge of sadness engulfing the metropolis. All neighbourhoods in the City were quite and the usual daily hectic activity was missing. Local administration had made strict security arrangements to ensure law and order and kept vigil eyes on sensitive areas. Police and Rangers patrolled the areas and made their presence seen on the roads to meet any untoward situation. Police and Rangers had also set up special pickets at various points all over the City. The traffic police were also seen controlling the meagre traffic on the roads. Branches of all scheduled banks remained opened under tight security. The attendance at the banks was thin and there were only a few customers to serve. Petrol pumps in the metropolis were also remained closed. Handful of taxis and rickshaws were also seen on the roads. The traffic on the roads was nominal, colleges remained closed and Karachi University postponed its examinations in support of the call given by the MQM chief Altaf Hussain to mourn the death of Dr Naeemi by shutting down their businesses. The people overwhelmingly supported the call and kept their businesses shut. However, neighbourhood shops of grocery, milks and bakeries were open to serve the people of the area. Public transport was totally absent; however, a few mini buses were plying on the roads. Private cars, motorcycles and scooters were also seen running on the road. As soon as the news of death of Maulana Naeemi spread on Friday afternoon, some emotionally charged elements blocked traffic and a few also set ablaze few private vehicles in various localities. However, the City was relatively remained calm but the traffic was disrupted and at some place traffic congestions was witnessed. Friday is relatively a lean day for traffic but still some intersection witnessed gridlock for a brief period. Meanwhile, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) and Anjuman Naujawanan-e-Islam (ANI) staged separate demonstrations outside Karachi Press Club on Saturday to condemn the ghastly murder of Dr Sarfraz Naeemi and vowed to continue the mission of martyred religious scholar. They said that they were ready to render sacrifices for the integrity and solidarity of the country and to wipe out terrorists from the country. They demanded that the military operation in Swat, Malakand and tribal areas should continue and taken to its logical conclusion. They said that it was due to incompetence and inefficiency of the government that terrorists have sneaked out from Swat and committing ghastly acts in other parts of the country. They demanded immediate arrest of perpetrators of Jamia Naeemia head and brought them before the people on media. They demanded security to Ulema, religious seminaries, mosques and shrines. According to reports reaching from Hyderabad, complete shutterdown was observed in the City and all shopping centres and business houses remained closed. Vehicular traffic on main thoroughfares was less. Incidents of aerial firings were also reported in some parts of the City. However, situation remained calm and no untoward incident was reported from any quarter. District administration had made strict security measures while police and Rangers patrolled in the City.