Pakistan’s new yr celebrations had been marred by customary gunfire by the exuberant revellers in a number of large cities, injuring a minimum of 22 folks, together with kids and girls, within the Karachi metropolis.
Because the clock struck midnight to announce the arrival of the brand new yr on Saturday, the port metropolis resonated with the sounds of heavy gunfire.
In line with Pakistan tv community Geo TV, a number of folks, together with a baby and girls, had been injured within the aerial firing in several elements of Karachi regardless of a ban on the show of firearms.
Sources from the hospitals stated eight folks with accidents had been admitted to the Civil Hospital, 4 to Jinnah Hospital, and ten, together with girls and youngsters, had been taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for remedy.
Thus far 13 folks have been arrested in reference to the firing in Korangi, three of whom have been charged with tried homicide.
The channel additional reported that Karachiites took to the streets and roads to rejoice the brand new yr. The 5 Star Chowrangi was thronged by folks in a festive temper. Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori was additionally seen becoming a member of the lots to look at fireworks on the Numaish Chowrangi.
Different websites that had been thronged by folks to witness the annual bash included Clifton Seaview, Do Darya, Bahria City and Bagh Ibn Qasim. Individually, numerous golf equipment, lodges and organisations additionally organised fireworks to welcome 2023.
Comparable stories of celebrations had been additionally acquired from Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Incidents of accidents as a consequence of gunfire had been additionally reported from Lahore but it surely was independently confirmed.
The brand new yr celebrations have been controversial in Pakistan as clerics look down on the revelries and contemplate it a sin to mimic western tradition. Nevertheless, over time a rise has been observed within the variety of folks taking to the streets to rejoice this annual occasion.
Historically, club-carrying activists of right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami would disrupt the gathering of youths and roam on the streets of massive cities to scare folks away. Nevertheless, they too have toned down their ‘pious’ work with the passage of time.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif felicitated the nation and worldwide neighborhood at the start of the New Yr and prayed for the event, progress and prosperity of Pakistan in addition to peace on the planet.
Of their separate messages, they careworn the necessity to work collectively to make Pakistan the cradle of peace, prosperity and growth, in keeping with their official statements.
The President in his message stated the nation confronted numerous challenges final yr however overcame troublesome conditions as a consequence of laborious work, sacrifice, willpower and resilience.
“Within the new yr, as a nation we should set our priorities appropriately to beat the challenges going through the nation,” he stated.
The Prime Minister in his message hoped that the brand new yr would show to be the yr of ending starvation, struggle, terrorism, crime, sectarianism and sophistication division from the entire world, together with Pakistan.
The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to “work day and evening for enchancment of the financial scenario of the nation, rehabilitation of flood victims, finish of terrorism and discount in sufferings of the folks.”
Supply – PTI
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