KARACHI (PPI) - The public transport remained thin in the city on Saturday owing to the violent incidents of Friday, as the number of public transport including buses, minibuses, besides private vehicles in the city remained less than usual on Saturday morning. Busy commercial arteries such as Shahra-e-Faisal, I.I. Chundrigar Road, M. A. Jinnah Road, Shahra Liaquat, Rashid Minhas Road, Nishtar Road, National Highway (Malir and airport area), Maripur Road, SITE area and Korangi Road witnessed thin traffic. The number of commuters waiting at the citys busiest bus stands, including Saddar, Tower, Quidabad and Sohrab Goth was also less. Due to less public transport on roads, owing to the law and order on Friday night, the general public faced severe problems on Saturday here. It was learnt that many people, uncertain about the law and order situation, preferred staying home. The vehicles are diverted from Banaras and no traffic is passing through the area since Friday night, said Saif Khan, a resident of Banaras. He said an incident of firing was reported in area Friday night and accused was caught and handed over to police. On Saturday morning no incident of firing was reported; however, angry mob pelted buses with stones due to which the traffic remained almost absent in the area in morning, said Saif. The traffic is totally absent and intermittent firing is taking place in my area, said Muhammad Asif, resident of Orangi no.1. On Friday night it was announced from the local mosques that people should defend themselves on their own and that was why I didnt go to my office on Saturday, he added. At Banaras and Qasba More incidents of pelting of stones have been reported on traffic on Saturday morning, said Asif. The area is in the grip of violence as on Friday night unknown people opened fire on a marriage party bus in which some causalities were reported, he added. Last night I was caught up in the violence and couldnt get any bus to reach home, said Naveed Ahmed, a resident of North Karachi. It took me two hours to reach home through arduous routes while changing rickshaws,he added. I have reached my office on taxi on Saturday morning and dont know about evening whether I would get a bus or not, said Naveed. The buses were off from road on Friday night and the bus I got into from Saddar did not complete its trip and offloaded passengers midway and returned, said Ali Hussain. However, few people also termed the banning of pillion riding as another trouble for them as there was very thin traffic on the roads. I could have taken my son to shop at Saddar on my bike but due to ban on pillion riding I couldnt take him along, said Nasir Ahmed resident of New Karachi. I left him at home due to fear of violence; otherwise, he would have been contributing to my selling, he added. It was learnt on Friday night and Saturday morning that most of the buses were not completing their route and offloading the passengers on half way due to law and order situation in some areas. While vehicular traffic remained thin on busy streets, traffic was almost non-existent in areas most affected by ongoing violence. Most of the commuters from Orangi Town, Sohrab Goth, Malir and Nazimabad were unable to reach their workplaces on time due to the unavailability of public transport, while many of those who had their own conveyance were scared of their vehicles being torched and thus did not report to their work places. Almost 50 to 60 % of pubic transport is off the road today as majority of minibuses, buses and coaches are not plying on the road due to security reasons, said President of Karachi Transport Ittehad, Syed Irshad Bukhari talking to PPI on Saturday here. The traffic is thin due to the killing of a Pakhtoon student at Aram Bagh area, as all the markets were closed down yesterday night and people rushed to their homes, he said. Majority of the transport operators belong to Pashtu speaking community and that is why they are afraid to ply their vehicles on roads, he added. The traffic would be restored on the roads once the law and order situation comes back to the normal otherwise in such conditions it is difficult to take out vehicles on roads, he said. The flow of traffic and number of public transport vehicles, however, improved by noon, as law enforcers enhanced their presence and patrolling in the disturbed areas.