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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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Violence in Islam violates all rules of Peace. This truth triumphs in Karachi and everywhere.

January 11, 2010

Political violence sparks protest in Karachi.

Men shout slogans during a protest rally on the streets of Karachi. Several thousands protested against paramilitary and police search operation after a spate of violence in the city. -Reuters Photo

KARACHI: Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi on Monday to protest at a security crackdown after dozens of people died in political violence.

Security officials say up to 48 political party workers have been killed in Karachi since Thursday, when the headless body of a worker from the city’s main political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was discovered.

Karachi sees sporadic outbreaks of political violence, reflecting tensions between the MQM, which represents Muslims who migrated from India, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, and the Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party.

City police official Mehtab Ali said between 8,000 and 10,000 people participated in the rally. Another officer reported skirmishes.

“We did not stop them from holding the rally. They wanted to go to the chief minister’s house, but we prevented them doing so by firing tear gas on them,” police official Mohammad Ashraf said.

As the wave of killings gripped Karachi over the weekend, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered patrols by police and paramilitary rangers to curb the violence. He said political parties were not involved in the killings.

But protesters from Lyari, an impoverished neighbourhood of Karachi and stronghold of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said the security crackdown was targeting them and not MQM supporters.

“The government is victimising its own people to appease its political allies, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement,” said Habib Jan, an organiser of the rally.

“We demand an operation in the whole city without any discrimination. At present we are discriminated against.”

A police official who asked not to be named because of the political tensions said six suspects had been arrested on suspicion of arson and inciting political violence.

The MQM is the coalition partner of President Asif Ali Zardari’s PPP in the southern province of Sindh, but there remain tensions between supporters of both parties.

The political unrest in Karachi comes as the government battles a fierce bombing campaign by Taliban militants, and as Zardari faces rock-bottom approval ratings and shaky relations with the powerful military. -AFP

Courtesy : AFP, Reuters & Dawn.