24 injured in Karachi due to celebratory firing

Islamabad: Pakistanis welcomed 2018 in style with spectacular firework displays and massive celebrations in all major cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

In Islamabad, a number of bonfires, food and music festivals were held across the city to celebrate the New Year. The biggest display of fireworks was organised by Giga Mall and Bahria Enclave Islamabad.

As the clock struck midnight, the sky was lit with sparkling lights and colours, and sound of crackers filled the air. Hundreds of citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi gathered at the spots to witness the colourful displays of fireworks. “I am thrilled to see such brilliant fireworks show in Islamabad and proud that Pakistan is also entering the New Year with magnificent celebration and peace” said Salma Khan, a visitor who had come with her family on New Year’s night just to see the fireworks.

In Pakistan, Bahria Town hosted the biggest New Year celebrations, with a show of dancing fountains and fireworks.

Spectacular fireworks at Bahria Town Icon Tower in Karachi, Bahria’s Eiffel Tower in Lahore and Bahria Enclave in Islamabad were the most prominent of all celebrations held across the country and attended by huge crowds.

Bahria Town hosted the grandest New Year celebrations in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad with enchanting performances of international standard dancing fountains and music

Musical concerts were also arranged at several places in major cities to celebrate New Year’s night which was attended by youngsters in a very large number.

However, the arrival of 2018 was not without incidents, as more than two dozen people were injured in the aerial firing in Karachi.

On the New Year’s Eve, many areas of Karachi heard gunfire, which caused injuries to several people, despite the Sindh government’s ban on aerial firing. “We received seven persons, including one woman, brought with bullet injuries at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre,” executive director of the hospital, Dr Seemin Jamali, was quoted as saying by Dawn. None of the victims had sustained life-threatening injuries, she added.

The people were mostly hit by stray bullets when people resorted to firing in jubilation with the start of New Year.

The injured were taken to different hospitals in the city including eight to Jinnah Hospital, six to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and six to the Civil Hospital. Most of casualties were reported from Defence Society, Korangi, Tipu Sultan, Rizvia, Surjani, Nazimabad and Gulshan areas of Karachi city.


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