Because the clock struck midnight to announce the arrival of the 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 toddler and ladies, had been injured within the aerial firing in several components of Karachi regardless of a ban on the show of firearms.
Sources from the hospitals mentioned eight folks with accidents had been admitted to the Civil Hospital, 4 to Jinnah Hospital, and ten, together with ladies and kids, had been taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for remedy.
To date 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 have a good time 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 observe 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, inns and organisations additionally organised fireworks to welcome 2023.
Comparable studies of celebrations had been additionally obtained from Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Incidents of accidents resulting from gunfire had been additionally reported from Lahore however it was independently confirmed.
The brand new yr celebrations have been controversial in Pakistan as clerics look down on the revelries and take into account it a sin to mimic western tradition. Nonetheless, through the years a rise has been observed within the variety of folks taking to the streets to have a good time 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. Nonetheless, 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 group at the start of the New 12 months and prayed for the event, progress and prosperity of Pakistan in addition to peace on the earth.
Of their separate messages, they pressured the necessity to work collectively to make Pakistan the cradle of peace, prosperity and improvement, in line with their official statements.
The President in his message mentioned the nation confronted numerous challenges final yr however overcame tough conditions resulting from laborious work, sacrifice, willpower and resilience.
“Within the new yr, as a nation we should set our priorities accurately to beat the challenges dealing with the nation,” he mentioned.
The Prime Minister in his message hoped that the brand new yr would show to be the yr of ending starvation, warfare, terrorism, crime, sectarianism and sophistication division from the entire world, together with Pakistan.
The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to “work day and night time for enchancment of the financial state of affairs of the nation, rehabilitation of flood victims, finish of terrorism and discount in sufferings of the folks.” PTI SH