Amid panic and sporadic incidents of aerial firing, all major markets, shopping centers, and commercial areas remained shut on Friday following a ten-day mourning call given by the Muttahida Quami Movement on the murder of its former convener of party's coordination committee. Mr Farooq, who had served as the only secretary general of Mohajir Quami Movement till the party was converted into Muttahida Quami Movement in 1993, was assassinated in London on Thursday evening. All major and small thoroughfares remained deserted as transporters preferred to keep their vehicles off the roads, keeping the previous experiences in mind, causing hardships for the citizens. Due to absence of public transport, people were faced with hardship in reaching their destinations. Contingents of police and rangers were deployed across the city to cope with any eventuality. Police personnel using mobile vans and motorbikes kept on patrolling different areas whole the day. A visit to the different areas showed that all main markets and commercial centres including Saddar, Bohri Bazaar, Electronics Market, Zaibunnisa Street, Regal Chowk, Zainab Market, Tariq Road, Hyderi, KDA Market (Gulshan-i-Iqbal ) remained closed. Situation was same in Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad , Federal B Area, New Karachi, Landhi, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulisntan-e-Jauhar where most of bazaars, markets and shops remained closed. A majority of petrol pumps also remained closed in respective areas. Most of the offices, bank branches and industrial units in the city remained closed. In the afternoon, however, some shops in different localities were opened and a few public transport vehicles appeared on roads. Attendance in public and private organizations remained thin. Except University of Karachi, all the exams scheduled for the day were postponed by the public and private sector educational institutions. Trading at the Fruit and Vegetable Market (New Sabzi Mandi) was also affected due to unavailability of transport. The strike also affected port activity due to the unavailability of transport vehicles in adequate number.