Bhutto funeral held as violence flares
( France24 ) - Violence flared in Pakistan on Friday as angry supporters of assassinated opposition leader
Benazir Bhutto took to the streets a day after she was killed in a suicide attack, witnesses and police said.
Meanwhile, a blast at an election meeting in Pakistan's troubled northwest killed six people including a candidate for the party that supports President Pervez Musharraf, police said.
In Bhutto's home province of Sindh, in the south, authorities issued an order to shoot violent protesters on
sight after unidentified gunmen shot dead a policeman and wounded three in the provincial capital, Karachi.
"Yes, shoot on sight anybody who wants to damage the life of innocent citizens and public property," provincial Interior Minister Akhtar Zaman told Reuters on Friday.
Hours later, police opened fire on protesters in Sindh's Hyderabad city, wounding five as the violence intensified, police said.
Police and witnesses said protesters had set fire to about 25 banks, 100 vehicles and foreign fast-food outlets in Hyderabad. Some coaches of a train were also torched.
The streets of Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city and its commercial capital, were largely deserted on Friday with shops shuttered and paramilitary troops and police patrolling.
With taxis and buses off the streets, many people traveled on foot, carrying bags on their heads and backs from the railway station and airport.
"Since last night a lot of damage has been caused. Shops, cars and government buildings are being burnt," said senior Karachi police official Azhar Ali Farooqi.
"We're trying to control the situation but emotions are running high," he said.