A twenty-four hour curfew has been imposed in Karachi -- Pakistan's largest city and capital of the southern Sind Province -- in an effort to curb the rising death-toll of the five-day old language riots.
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Background: A twenty-four hour curfew has been imposed in Karachi -- Pakistan's largest city and capital of the southern Sind Province -- in an effort to curb the rising death-toll of the five-day old language riots.
Troops guarded bridges and other strategic points, and many more stood by, while the curfew was lifted for two hours on Monday(10 July) to enable the four million citizens of the city to lay in stocks of food.
Black flags flew over the almost deserted streets as a mark of protest against alleged indiscriminate firing by police at demonstrators over the weekend. Unconfirmed reports say that at least 20 people have died in the riots so far.
The trouble started on Friday (7 July) when the Sind Provincial Assembly rushed through a bill proclaiming Sindhi as the only official language in the Province. Sind province itself is 50 percent Sindhi-speaking, but in karachi 85 percent of people are Urdu-speakers.
Immediately the bill was proclaimed on Friday, Urdu-speaking demonstrators ran amok in the streets of the city, attacking buildings, bu???ning huge bonfires and erecting barricades. The police reaction to this situation later caused them to be removed and replaced by troops.
Latest reports say that the twenty-four hour curfew has been tightened and partial press censorship imposed. There was no word from Rawaloindi that President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's four-man cabinet commit???tee, appointed to resolve the dispute, was anywhere near finding a compromise acceptable to both sides.