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Karachi continues to bleed & burn within an Islamic Grace.

July 8, 2011

Tensed Karachi. The current wave of violence in Karachi has brought the total number of dead to 88 in the last four days. - AFP Photo

Karachi continues to bleed & burn

Karachi paralysed by violence

KARACHI: The Sindh government authorised the Rangers on Friday to exercise the powers of police officers to ‘use necessary force to prevent terrorist acts’ as steps promised and taken hitherto failed to stop killings in Karachi and 30 people lost their lives on the fourth day of violence, raising the death toll to 93.

The Qasba Colony and adjoining areas remained the worst affected, although the violence spread to the southern and eastern parts of the city and grenade and rocket attacks were also reported.

Scattered arson attacks left at least eight shops burnt in Aligarh Colony and a commercial centre in Kharadar met the same fate.

The violence that has so far remained beyond the control of police and Rangers forced residents of Qasba Colony and adjoining areas to flee to safe places.

A Sindh Rangers spokesman said personnel of the paramilitary force had helped evacuate hundreds of people trapped in strife-torn areas.

“We are moving the families to safe places and the exercise continues. Rangers troops helped mainly people in Qasba Colony and adjoining areas,” he said.

A grenade attack in the congested commercial area of Bheempura claimed three lives and rocket attacks on houses in Baldia Town spread panic in the densely-populated neighbourhood.

City police chief Saud Mirza said: “Two miscreants were killed in an encounter in Pak Colony area, while in other parts of the city we managed to arrest some 85 people and seized arms, including AK-47 rifles. Read details in :  Dawn 

Karachi Violence : Dawn Exclusive

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Karachi violence is still intensifying for a big hit and Islamic hatred.

June 15, 2011

 

Death toll in Karachi unrest rises to 20

GULF TODAY || Wednesday 15th June 2011, Rajab 12, 1432 || KARACHI: The death toll in a fresh wave of violence blamed on political and ethnic tensions in Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi rose to at least 20 on Wednesday, an official said.

Renewed tensions between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP), which represent different ethnic communities, have triggered serious fears that the violence could spill over on a wider scale.

“The death toll has risen to 20 with eight more targeted killings overnight in different areas of Karachi,” provincial home ministry spokesman Sharfuddin Memon said.

The violence erupted late on Monday.

The government in Sindh province said it had stepped up police and paramilitary patrols in the troubled western and central neighbourhoods to avert further killings.

Memon gave no specific reason for the renewed violence in Karachi but analysts believe conflicting interests of political forces and poor governance trigger routine flare-ups.

“Karachi is a big city where crime and corruption is rampant and targeted killings is convenient cover for criminal mafia to continue their activities,” analyst Imtiaz Gul said.

“While political parties fight to retain their clout in the city, criminal gangs, involved in organised crimes take advantage of the situation.”

Both MQM and ANP have accused each other of killing their supporters, fanning tensions within Karachi that reverberate to the capital Islamabad, where both factions are also members of the federal governing coalition.

In 2010, political violence in Karachi was dominated by flare-ups in August after an MQM lawmaker was shot dead and in October on the eve of the election for his successor.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 748 people – 447 political activists and the rest civilians – were killed in targeted shootings in the city last year. 

Targeted killings in 2009 claimed 272 lives.

 Courtesy: Agence France-Presse

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Karachi to Quetta, Pak Govt failured to give security to civilians and tame terrorist outfits.

March 22, 2011

Gunmen kill 11 road workers in Gwadar

Four attackers hit the camp of road construction workers before fleeing on motorbikes, said a government official.—AFP/File photo
QUETTA|| Dawn News || 21-03-2011 : A security official says gunmen have attacked a camp for road construction workers in an area of Balochistan where rebels are active, killing 11 people.

Azittalah said the attack late Monday took place close to the port town of Gwadar.

Azittalah, who heads a tribal security force, says four attackers hit the camp before fleeing on motorbikes.

Azittalah, who goes by a single name, did not identify the victims, though many laborers in Balochistan are settlers.

Karachi death toll climbs to 18 as terror returns


Sattar blames Mirza for crisis

by Nasir Mahmood in Pak Observer

Karachi—At least six more people, most of them political workers, were shot dead on Sunday in ongoing violence spree in the city, bringing the dead toll in politically-motivated killings to 18 in past 24 hours yesterday.
According to details, some 6 people were reportedly killed in the mega city within one hour in separate incidents. The unrest gripped Kharadar, Lyari, Orangi Town, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaqat Abad, Burns Road and others areas of the city after a week-long incidents of shootout.
Three policemen were targeted by miscreants in the city as police force and law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless before the ghost attackers who easily targeted people and fled the scene successfully.
On Sunday, unknown attackers riding a bike opened fire on two people in Kharadar area, killing one of them on the spot while the other died on way to hospital.
A MQM worker, Shehzad was gunned down near Mosmiat area at Gulistan-e-Johar. In the same area, police found dead body of a man from a nullah. He was not identified.
Meanwhile, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, two people were killed and at least four injured when unidentified armed men targeted them on a shop.
In another incident, unknown bikers hurled a hand grenade on local office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at Aram Bagh area, but it did not explode. Police said the grenade was defused.

An outer Karachi after severe violence

MQM has blamed criminal elements of People’s Aman Committee for targeting its workers, alleging Pakistan People’s Party for backing the group.
PPP’s Sindh Home Minister had initially announced his support for the group, before Sindh government’s decision to close all the offices of the organization in the province following President Asif Ali Zardari’s high-level talks with MQM leadership.
According to more details: In Teen Hatti area, an exchange of fire between protestors and the Rangers resulted in the killing of a youth named Danish.
Armed men opened fire and injured six people near Disco Bakery in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Two of the wounded later died while the other four were stated to be in critical condition. Two MQM workers were gunned down in Agra Taj Colony and Gulbahar. Another political worker who got injured earlier in Gulastan-e-Jauhar succumbed to his injures. A body was also recovered from the same area.
In another incident, a policeman named Arshad Kundi was murdered in Sohrab Goth and a tent-house owner was shot dead on Burns Road. Bomb Disposal Squad defused a hand grenade found near Aaram Bagh mosque in the same locality. In Surjani Town and Mehmoodabad, two people were gunned down.
Angry mobs, while protesting against target killings and extortion, burned tyres and blocked main arteries in Liaqatabad, Burns Road, Nazimabad, Lasbela Chowk and other areas.
Miscreants torched three vehicles including two buses in Gulastan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e–Iqbal and Orangi Town.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar has urged President Zardari to take notice of the fresh wave of killings in the city. He held Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza responsible for the wave of violence in the city, but said he was not directly involved in the unrest.
Talking to media persons, MQM leader Waseem Aftab urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the Karachi killings.

Courtesy : Dawn | Pak Observer | AFP | Agencies.

Ethnic violence continues unabated in Karachi; 12 more killed

March 21, 2011

Karachi hit by fresh wave of killings,arson

KARACHI, 2oth March 2011 : Demonstrations were held in different areas of Karachi on Sunday in protest against a new wave of killings across the city, mainly on political and ethnic grounds, claiming over a dozen lives on Sunday.

The protesters turned violent at a few places where exchanges of fire between armed men and law-enforcement personnel left one person dead. Three vehicles were set on fire.

The protests began when dozens of people, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, staged a sit-in for about half an hour on Shahrah-i-Pakistan near Liaquatabad during the funeral of Shahzad Hussain, a party activists killed on Sunday. They set tyres on fire and chanted slogans against the killing and the ‘extortion mafia’.

Violence intensified when armed men opened fire near Teen Hatti Bridge, prompting law-enforcement personnel to act.

“There was a group of armed youngsters who were firing shots into the air and attacked a Rangers vehicle parked there,” Jamshed Town SSP Amir Farooqi said.

 

Desolated roadways in Karachi with heavy police patrolling. Photo - The International News.

“The firing elicited retaliation from the law-enforcers that left a man dead, but it’s not yet clear whose bullet had hit him,” he added.

There was no official version from the Sindh Rangers on the incident.

Demonstrations were also held in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Burns Road and Federal B. Area.

Parts of Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Qasba Colony, Nazimabad, Lyari, Kharadar and Site areas were paralysed by incidents of intense gunfire.

A passenger coach was set on fire in Nazimabad and a truck and a bus in Safoora Goth near Gulistan-i-Jauhar.

By the time a ministerial committee of the PPP and MQM decided to meet to discuss the incidents of violence, the guns had fallen silent, although tension and fear kept the residents of the strife-hit areas indoors and business suspended.

Despite repeated attempts, the newly-appointed city police chief Saud Mirza avoided to say anything about the situation.

Sindh Home Minister’s Adviser Sharfuddin Memon said a meeting of the ministerial committee had been called to discuss the Karachi situation and law-enforcement agencies had been placed on high alert.

He said suggestions from leaders from both sides always helped to stem violence. “We have seen that workers from all parties have been targeted in recent killings.”

He said a positive result of law-enforcement measures would be evident soon.

Mr Memon said the Rangers had special powers and its action had always proved effective in such situations.

Courtesy : All sources and Agencies.

Violence broadened in Karachi, Islamists gaining advantages.

March 20, 2011

Supporters thronged in front of PPP office at Karachi after a blast of hand grenade on Saturday afternoon on 19th March, 2011.

Six killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: Six people were killed and four others, including a child, were injured in firing and a grenade attack in different areas of the city on Saturday (19/03/2011).

Unknown armed men gunned down one political worker and severely injured another in Taj Colony.

Four people, including a child, were injured when miscreants hurdled a hand grenade at the office of PPP leader Habib Jan in the area of Nanakwara of Liyari.

Police patrolling increased to check the violence in Karachi

Jan strongly condemned the incident and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza took serious notice of the attack and directed the CCPO Karachi to probe into the matter and submit an inquiry report.

Two people were murdered in Surjani Town while armed motorcyclists opened fire on a car in Liyari’s Dhobi Ghat area, killing two brothers Saleem Qureshi and Naeem and injuring their friend. (nDawnNews)

Earlier the news came in as :

Four injured in grenade attack at PPP office

KARACHI: At least four workers of Pakistan People’s Party were injured when unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade at PPP office in Lyari town on Saturday afternoon.

Police and ambulance services said that the injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital.

Police said that they are investigating the attack on PPP office in Kumarwara area-(APP). (eTheNewsInternationalPak)

Courtesy : Sources.

Death toll in Karachi target killings reaches 28 :: Islamists’ instigation suspected.

May 20, 2010

A plain-clothes policeman fires a tear gas shell towards demonstrators during a protest against alleged target killings in Karachi.—AFP

KARACHI: The toll in the ongoing target killings rose to 28 on Thursday as eight more people became victims in different parts of Karachi. Reports said that five vehicles were also torched.

Agha Shahi, President ANP Sindh, said that some hidden hands are orchestrating the incidents of violence in a systematic way.

Addressing a press conference, he regretted that culprits involved in the incidents of target killings have never been arrested.—Agencies

Police officers check documents on the killings near a body at a mortuary in Karachi.—AP/File

Karachi Target killing claims 18 lives; hurts 21: police

Thu, 20 May, 2010 | Jumadi-us-Sani 05, 1431

KARACHI: Eighteen people became victims in renewed start of target killings in the city on Wednesday.

Police said the incidents of target killings took place in Sir Syed Town, Kuti Pahari, North Karachi, Abul Ispahani road and other areas.

Meanwhile, President Awami National Party Shahi Syed, heading a delegation, called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to discuss the issue of target killings.

The chief minister took strict notice of the killings started during the last 24 hours and called for effective steps to maintain law and order.

He assured the ANP delegation that killers involved in target killings would soon be arrested and awarded exemplary punishment.

He directed the law enforcing organisations and administration to bring the criminals to book.

The news.com.pk reports that the number of deaths in separate incidents of target killing in capital city Karachi has mounted to 18 while as many as another 21 sustained injuries, Geo reported Wednesday.

A total of four vehicles were torched in reaction of target killing incidents, witnesses said.

Markets and shops were closed early in the city on account of target killing reports.

According to police, armed men barged into a shop and opened firing, killing some persons and injuring three others. They were rushed to the Jinnah Hospital.

A severely bruised and bullet-riddled body of an identified man was found dumped near Katti Pahari area in North Nazimabad area.

In another incident, unknown gunmen shot and killed one person near Qaba Morr in Orangi Town. While two persons sustained injuries.

One person was killed in Landhi Town.

In different acts of violence, four persons were gunned down in Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Johar and Sir Syed Town.

Karachi is now under the insurgent threat perceptions. Concerned opined a suspected instigation of  rebellion Islamist groups are leading towards a civil war like situation in Pakistan.

Police and Paramilitary forces tightened the security and vigilance in and out  around Karachi.

Courtesy: —DawnNews/APP/Agencies.

Highest ever ground kidnapping by the Islamists in Pakistan at a time.

May 15, 2010

Government officials in Kurram confirmed the incident and said efforts were under way to recover the kidnapped people. — Photo by Reuters

Islamic Militants kidnap 60 in Kurram tribal in northwestern region of Pakistan

Sat, 15 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 30, 1431

PARACHINAR: Some suspected militants dressed as policemen kidnapped about 60 people in troubled northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on Saturday, government and police officials said.

Heavily armed militants first seized a vehicle belonging to the government power utility in the Kurram region and kidnapped four people travelling inside. The vehicle was set on fire.

Shortly afterwards, several vehicles were seized from a convoy of civilians travelling to Parachinar, the main city in Kurram.

Officials initially said 30 people were kidnapped but later said 57 people had been taken from the convoy.

“The militants were posing as policemen and wearing police uniforms,” said Mir Chaman, a senior police official in the nearby town of Thal.

Government officials in Kurram confirmed the incident and said efforts were under way to recover the kidnapped people.

The Pakistani military has mounted offensives against militants in their strongholds in the northwest over the past year, largely clearing several areas, killing hundreds of militants and destroying their bases.

A large number of militants, officials say, have fled to Kurram and neighbouring regions after the military launched a major operation against them in their South Waziristan bastion near the Afghan border in mid-October last year.

Security forces have intensified air strikes on militant targets in Kurram and adjoining areas in recent weeks.

The militants have shown resilience and carried out a wave of suicide and bomb attacks, mainly in the northwest, killing hundreds of people.

Now it is believed that the kidnapper Islamist group will bargain with the Local Govt. to free other militants already put into jail for years. The militants will kill these abducted tribal men one after another if their ( militant’s) demands are not fulfilled. The situation is not under the control as the police told the reporters.

Input and Courtesy : Reuters and Agencies.

Pakistani Friends of Jihadi Fire.

May 8, 2010

As in Pakistan, terror groups have turned against the state that nurtured them in Egypt, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia.

Of friends and fire

by Nadeem F. Paracha on 05 6th, 2010||blog.dawn.com

On April 19, a Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) rally in Peshawar was attacked by a suicide bomber. The gruesome attack was allegedly engineered and undertaken by members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The irony is that the JI are one of the few mainstream political parties in the country that actually sympathise with the TTP, claiming that the terror group is fighting a war against “American imperialism” and against the Pakistani state’s “aggression” in the north-west of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

But the irony in this respect wasn’t a one-off. In early April, former ISI sleuth, Khalid Khawaja, was kidnapped along with another ex-ISI man by a group of terrorists labeled (by the media) as the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ (or Punjabi extremists having links and sympathies with the Pushtun Taliban).

On April 29, Khawaja’s murdered body was found in the turbulent tribal area of North Waziristan. He had been shot twice. A faction of the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ calling itself Asian Tigers claimed responsibility. Khawaja was an open supporter and sympathiser of the TTP, and was known to have had deep links with various Sunni sectarian organisations, and within both the Pushtun and Punjabi Taliban groups.

The attack on the JI rally and the murder of Khawaja by these groups have highlighted a bitter truth; a truth that has for long been stated loudly by the current government and various ‘liberal’ media personnel and ‘moderate’ Islamic scholars. They are right to suggest that as far as terror outfits such as the TTP and their sectarian foot soldiers are concerned, a majority of Pakistani Muslims (or for that matter, Muslims around the world) are either ‘false Muslims’ or outright infidels.

Read full article in blog.dawn.com here.

Consecutive fifth day violence : Three more killed in Karachi

February 3, 2010

Paramilitary forces keep guard after arriving to the site of a target killing in Karachi, February 2, 2010. — Reuters

Three more killed in Karachi as violence enters fifth day

KARACHI, Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010: A man was killed in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town whereas two people were killed in the city’s Orangi Town and Qasba Colony areas. Meanwhile, a man wounded three days ago during the violence also succumbed to his injuries.

On Tuesday, at least 13 people were killed in incidents of firing in different areas of Karachi in the backdrop of the Pakistan People’s Party’s main coalition partner staging a walk out from the Sindh Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has called upon holding a high-level meeting to review the province’s law and order situation, particularly in connection with the rising incidents of target killings in Karachi.

On Tuesday, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said he would call in the army to “play its due role and take over Karachi, as a Swat-like law and order situation is developing in the provincial capital.”

Courtesy : DawnNews & Reuters.

Non-Stop Karachi Violence::Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

February 2, 2010

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — Photo by AFP

Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010||Safar 18, 1431

KARACHI: At least ten people were killed as violence continued unabated for the fourth consecutive day in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The bullet ridden bodies of the deceased were found in different parts of Karachi including Mangohpir, Abdullah Colony, Orangi Town, Karimabad and Dhaka Colony.

Earlier Tuesday, another person was shot dead in the city’s Orangi Town area.

Many markets in the city’s affected areas still remained closed and public transporters were reluctant to take their vehicles to certain areas.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said that the army may be called in to control the situation if required.

The minister also rejected claims that workers of one political party were being singled out by the police.

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — DawnNews

Courtesy: DawnNews & AFP.