During the Second World War, Karachi (and its surrounding military facilities like Malir Cantonment) became a major staging post for troops of the British Indian Army being shipped to the Middle East and North Africa.From Oct 1941 onward, Malir Cantonment held the large number of Italian POWs captured in North and East Africa.Further, two presiding officers and a female voter were arrested for allegedly attempting to cast bogus votes at the Delhi School.One of the presiding officers namely Syed Majid Ali was sentenced to three months in prison with a Rs5,000 fine.Read: Know your candidates: Pledging to serve you Claiming that the party has secured landslide victory in the NA-246 by-elections, MQM chief Altaf Husain said that by giving heavy mandate to the party, people have rejected all the allegations levied against MQM.Addressing party supporters early on Friday, Altaf claimed that people have once again proved that they are not ready to accept “minus-Altaf” formula.
It was conquered by British east India Company in 1839. It is also a reminder of religious and ethnic diversity of Karachi. It is situated on Shahrah-e-Iraq (Old Clarke Street), in Saddar Karachi, and was opened in April 1881.
No major incidents were reported throughout the day.
However, there were reports of delays at polling stations with MQM leader Farooq Sattar alleging that the voting process was deliberately being delayed to keep people from casting votes.
Brief History: The area of Karachi was known to the ancient Greeks by many names: ‘Krokola’ and ‘Morontobara’ port (probably the modern Manora Island near the Karachi harbour), from where Alexander the Great’s admiral Nearchus sailed for back home.
The Arabs called it the port of Debal, from where Muhammad Bin Qasim led his conquering force into Sindh.