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Karachi continues to simmer, 3 more killed

world Updated: May 14, 2007 03:40 IST

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Three more people were killed in the tense Pakistani city where shoot at sight orders were issued against rioters after Saturday's fierce clashes that left 39 people dead while Opposition observed a 'Black Day' blaming the government for the deaths.

Accusing the government of preventing suspended Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikar M Chaudhry from addressing a lawyers' convention on Saturday, his attorneys called for a nationwide boycott of courts on Monday.

Opposition parties, including the Pakistan People's Party and Muttahida- Majlis-e Amal, observed a 'Black Day' alleging that the riots, coinciding with the rallies called by supporters of President Pervez Musharraf and Chaudhury, were carried out at the behest of Musharraf regime which wanted an excuse to impose a state of emergency and put off polls.

Claimimg that the riots showed that the Musharraf regime was involved in "state terrorism", PPP chief and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto called on the Supreme Court and the Sindh High Court to take suo-moto notice of the violence and "the absence of police to control it".

However, pro-government Muthahida Quaumi Movement trained its guns on Chaudhry, blaming him for the bloodbath and observed it as a day of mourning.

Amid criticism of government's failure to stem violence in Karachi, Musharraf said the clashes were the fallout of "politicising" of the issue of the suspension by Chaudhry.

Addressing a mammoth public rally in front of Parliament in Islamabad last night, Musharraf said he held the judiciary in high esteem and would accept the verdict of the apex court on the suspension of Chaudhry.