KARACHI - Complete shutter-down strike was observed in Karachi and across Sindh on Saturday in support of a call by Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) backed by the MQM against the settlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Swat and Malakand in the province. Three persons including a woman Amna and a cable operator Sajid were killed while more than one dozen vehicles were set on fire in strike-related incidents. From the posh neighbourhood of DHA and Saddar to the low-income localities of Landhi, Korangi, New Karachi, Lyari and Jackson areas of Keamari, the shops remained closed and no activity was seen in the popular shopping centres of Tariq Road and North Nazimabad. The traffic in the metropolis was thin in the morning and only the office goers had come out in the private vehicles. There was no public transport on the Citys main traffic arteries which usually remained clogged from morning till evening hours. Saddar, which has the biggest and the largest shopping area in the sprawling City, remained closed and there was no business activity except in the restaurants and smaller food outlets. Multinational food outlets also did not open. The DHA also remained closed but a number of shops opened late in the afternoon. Areas of the defunct district central also remained closed but the scores of hospitals and diagnostic centres were open. A few taxis and rickshaws charged unusually high fares to carry the needy passengers. Private transport was also available at the two main Railways Stations, City and Cantt, but they charged exorbitant fares. The Intra-city transport also remained suspended and bus stand located on Jinnah Road presented a deserted look. Banks branches also remained opened. These were exceptions allowed by the protesting parties to important business outlets. Private and government schools were shut down voluntarily. However, examinations at the Karachi University were held as per schedule. A few buses plying had few passengers to carry. However, the protest was not without violence. On late Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning a number of buses and mini buses were torched by miscreants who also set on fire a number of push carts. Three persons including a woman were killed and eight others injured during violent incidents in different parts of Karachi. Reports said that unknown persons torched 16 vehicles in different areas while Rangers arrested four miscreants for creating rumpus. Reports said that an alarming situation was witnessed near shoe market, Garden area where some youngsters on motorbikes set a mini bus of route No PI on fire on late Friday night. A woman identified as Amna, wife of Haji Razzaq, was killed and two others including a child were hurt in the incident. After the incident, violent incidents were reported at Liaquatabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Landhi, Teen Hatti, Garden, New Karachi, Shah Faisal Colony and Safoora Chowrangi. A cable operator Sajid, 35, s/o Majid, who was sitting on a roadside hotel at Liaquatabad No-4, in the jurisdiction of Sharifabad Police was killed and his friend Nadeem sustained bullet injuries when unknown armed persons sprayed bullets on them. Heavy contingents of police and Rangers have been deployed at sensitive points in the metropolis. Reports said that some unidentified persons set a vehicle on fire in Orangi No-4. According to area police and fire brigade, some youngsters riding a motor bike intercepted two mini buses No-JE 1524 and PE 6214 at around 8:00am and asked the passengers to get off. Later they set the vehicle on fire. In other incident, a water tanker No-JP 5598 was burnt in Shah Faisal colony. In the same area some unknown persons set a motorbike on fire as well. Eyewitnesses said some unidentified persons poured petrol on a mini bus rout No-25 near Ayesha Manzil at around 9:15am. Meanwhile, a mini bus of the route No-F-11 was put to torch near Allah Wali Chowrangi, Tariq Road at around 9:00am. A Mazda JE 7237 was torched near Arif Arcade, Safoora Chowk while a trailer was set on fire in Shah Faisal Colony. Reports said that some persons set on fire another Mazda JE 66 near D-More, New Karachi. Earlier, a bus rout No-11-C was torched in the jurisdiction of Risala police on late Friday night, while a mini bus No-PE 4740 was set on fire near Tower. PPI adds: At least six people were killed in various incidents of aerial firing in the City while seven others including a rangers personnel received bullet injuries. Two of the deceased were identified as Nizam, whose bodies were sent to Abbasi Shaheed Hopsital and the body of Wajid was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi. The identity of the rest of the deceased was yet to be ascertained. East Zone Deputy Inspector General Zafar Abbas Bukhari, while talking to PPI, said police started a search operation police and arrested 12 miscreants from Shah Faisal Colony who were trying to set ablaze cars and shops. Police also recovered weapons from their possession. Major Ali of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) told PPI that rangers have detained six culprits and seized the weapons from their possession in Gulberg Town area. Rangers official believed that the recent violence was conspiracy by those elements, who wanted to disturb the peace in the City.