Pakistanis Recover After Riots

In Karachi, residents emerge for food as police lockdown ensues
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 6:22 PM CST
Pakistani men shout in the streets during a demonstration for the slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at her home and party headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan Sunday Dec. 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Fareed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Life limped to normal today in fire-blackened Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and the site of fierce rioting since last week’s killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. After three days of unrest that left at least 40 people dead across Sindh province, residents ventured out of their homes and found buildings burned, vehicles wrecked, and most shops closed, the AP reports.

Chanting “Benazir is innocent,” hundreds of Bhutto supporters met for prayers at a party office. Some residents visited a local beach, but Karachi stayed mostly quiet, as police and military forces guarded the streets. An ex-government official chided authorities for inadequate policing during the riots, while a teen called rioters “the stupidest people,” adding, “We will have to rebuild again.”