Monday, May 4, 2009

Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) announces wheel jam strike on May 8

In reaction to the incidents of violence on April 29 that claimed more than 30 lives including public transport drivers, Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) announced a wheel jam strike on May 8.
President, KTI, Syed Irshad Hussain Bukhari claimed that in the recent incidents of violence eleven public transport drivers were killed. He further claimed that as many as 29 mini buses and coaches were set a blaze while eleven dumpers were also torched. He also said that taxis and rickshaws were also torched in different areas of the metro polis.
“It is disappointing that the Chief Minister Sindh held a meeting with all main parties regarding the violence on April 29 but he did not consult transporters who suffered the most,” regretted Bukhari, adding, “We serve the citizens regardless of their ethnicity and background and we should have been contacted by the authorities.”
He further said that the violence was a result of tension between different groups operating in the city. “These groups may be land mafia, bhatta mafia or you name it,” he said. “If CM can hold meeting with pressure groups why can’t he talk with us,” he added.
He demanded that the legal heirs of those killed and owners of minibuses, coaches, dumper trucks, rickshaws and taxis should be compensated by the government otherwise transporters will hold a wheel jam strike on May 8 and call for an other strike for an indefinite period in future.
It may be added here that National Transport Ittehad Karachi has already announced a wheel jam strike on May 12.

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