Karachi violence, over 100 dead

Published: July 9, 2011

Pakistan ordered 1,000 extra troops to deploy in the southern port city with shoot to kill instructions, after 65 people were killed since July 5, in the deadliest six months of political violence since 1995. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan ordered 1,000 extra troops to deploy in the southern port city with shoot to kill instructions, after 65 people were killed since July 5, in the deadliest six months of political violence since 1995. PHOTO: AFP Miscreants carrying weapons run through Baldia Town, Karachi. PHOTO: NEFER SEHGAL/EXPRESS A man rides a motorcycle through the smoke of tyres burnt by angry protesters against target killing in Karachi July 8, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistani protestors burn material in the middle of a street in a violence-hit western neighbourhood of Karachi on July 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP A Pakistani motorcyclist rides past a pile of burning tyres and furniture in a violence-hit western neighbourhood of Karachi on July 8, 2011.  PHOTO: AFP Relatives mourn death of a family member who was shot dead in the latest wave of Karachi violence. PHOTO: INP The Sindh government has given shoot-at-sight orders to law enforcers. PHOTO: INP/FILE

KARACHI: More than 100 people have been killed during the last four days in an ongoing wave of violence that has hit Karachi and paralysed life in the port city. While President Zardari has ordered the commissionerate system to be restored in Karachi.

The violence continued on the fourth day even as the city bore a deserted look following a call by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to observe a ‘black day’ on Friday in honour of those killed in the violence.

At a high level meeting in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari ordered that the commissionerate system in Karachi be restored. While Manzoor Wasan was made the new Sindh Home Minister.

The MQM opposed the move and said they would protest the revival of commissionerate system in the assembly.

Sindh Rangers had received a written notification for taking charge of the troubled areas, to conduct operations and take all ‘necessary’ actions to restore peace.  Meanwhile, the police said that they had arrested over 100 people in connection with the ongoing violence in the city.

A Rangers spokesperson said that they will be undertaking operations in the troubled areas with police providing back-up.

Along with the expected arrival of 1000 FC personnel to beef up security, 1000 policemen from Interior Sindh had also been summoned to add steel to the ongoing security efforts in the city.

End of live updates.

01:30am

Late on Friday, as Sindh’s new home minister visited Karachi, at least eight more lives were lost to the 4 day long wave of target killings while nearly a dozen reported wounded. According to reports a driver was killed while six, including two women, were injured in an attack on a bus near Hassan square in PIB colony. Reports of sporadic killings in new town, baldia town, lines area and Kati pahari were received as well.

As far as 1500 rangers personnel had repeatedly tried to enter the Kati pahari area to conduct an operation and rescue affected families but to no avail.

11:30pm

Karachi’s police chief said that they did not have enough armoured personnel carriers and other equipment to efficiently carry out operations. However, the police will take stricter action against criminals.

Capital City Police Officer, Saud Mirza, while talking to The Express Tribune said that as many as one thousand policemen from interior Sindh had also been called in to help control the law and order situation in the city.

He added that more than one hundred miscreants had been arrested over the past two days, while two miscreants were killed in Pak Colony during an encounter.

The promised FC regiments was expected to be deployed in the city over the next day or two.

A Rangers spokesman told The Express Tribune that Rangers jurisdiction had been extended to the affected areas of the city.He said that Rangers were preparing to conducting overnight operations especially in the affected areas of the city.

He said that the Rangers would be leading the operations, while the police would provide backup. He said that the Rangers have also increased patrolling and snap checking in entire city and flag marches had also been started in the city.

He said that the operation would be initiated at any time.

10:30pm

According to sources the Sindh Government has given special powers to the rangers to restore peace in Karachi.

After receiving the written orders on Friday, heavy contigents of rangers reached the most affected area of Kati Pahari.

Using armoured vehicles rangers took out the women and children confined in their houses and shifted them to safe places.

Sources also said that the rangers have been given the task to restore peace by any means necessary.

9:30pm

President Asif Ali Zardari issued orderes to restore the commissioner system in Karachi.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting in Islamabad which also proposed amendments to the local bodies system.

Meanwhile, the MQM has opposed this decision. Raza Haroon said that MQM will oppose it in the assembly.

The meeting, which included Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Zulfiqar Mirza among security officials.

It is also believed Manzoor Wasan will be asked to take charge as the Home Minister of Sindh.

9:00pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reported that the overall death toll from four days of violence in the city had reached 95.

The police and rangers were currently evacuating families from the troubled area where intermittent firing was still going on as dusk fell, Mirza reported.

He said that one by one, police and rangers armoured vehicles would venture in to Qasba colony and extract estranged families. These families were then dropped off at Shahrah-e-Noorjehan. Police had promised them protection and the provision of food and other items, however thin deployment of law enforcement agencies meant the families extracted only got a ride out of the troubled area.

He reported that heavy firing was continuing in Metroville area.

8:45pm

The Karachi University has postponed all exams for Saturday.

A Karachi University spokesperson said that all examinations scheduled for Saturday had been postponed and new dates will be announced at a later time.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that the situation in Karachi has begun to improve.

8:15pm

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani are holding a meeting to discuss the situation in Karachi.

According to sources, the future of Zulfiqar Mirza was also discussed and it is believed that the Sindh Home minister will be given an ‘important’ role in the province.

Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik briefed President Zardari over the situation in Karachi.

8:00pm

The Sindh coordinator for the ANP, Shahi Syed addressed a press conference at Mardan House. He urged the media to objectively report over the recent killings, naming the areas where the murders have taken place and what reports have been filed with the police.

He said that Rehman Malik had not contacted the ANP during his emergency visit to Karachi. On the other hand, he said that the ANP Sindh chapter was in contact with the Chief Minister.

Syed said that the ANP did not believe violence was the answer and would not want to take up guns. However, their patience was running out.

Responding to questions on whether the 1000 FC personnel promised by the Interior Minister would help solve the situation in Karachi, he said that without empowerment, no institution could be successful in tackling the problem. “If the Rangers are properly empowered, then peace can be established”.

However he maintained that government’s writ was not visible on the streets of Karachi.

Shahi Syed called for a weapons-free Karachi as a solution to the repeated episodes of violence in the port city.

He also urged ANP workers to remain calm.

7:35pm

President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) Muhammad Saeed Shafiq told PPI that the local business community is suffering a loss of Rs2.7 billion a day due to the ongoing violence.

“How can one expect the boost economy And improve living standard of Karachiites when law and order is worsening with each passing day?” said Shafiq.

Citing an estimate, he said Rs7 million loss was suffered by petroleum industry in Karachi on average strike day.

7:15pm

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said that the PPP, MQM and ANP are responsible for the ongoing violence in the city and that the parties would have to arrest their own workers to control the situation.

Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Jam Madad Ali says the government has failed to restore peace in the city. He said that the interior minister knew who was responsible for violence in the city and that bringing in the FC will not restore peace in the city.

6:45pm

Express 24/7 correspondent, Shaheryar Mirza reports an operation is currently underway at Kati Pahari.

6:35pm

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and MQM have submitted a joint requisition for calling a National Assembly session on the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.

The requisition calls for a debate on the worsening condition in the city and failure of the law enforcement agencies in maintaining peace in the city.

6:00pm

Express 24/7 correspondent, Shaheryar Mirza reports firing has not stopped in Qasba Colony despite two police trucks arriving in the area.

Residents in the area are saying gunmen have started going into houses and are shooting people and setting houses on fire. Firing and screaming can be heard in the area, reports Mirza.

5:40pm

Radio Pakistan has started special broadcasts to meet challenges rising out of the ongoing violence in the city, PPI reported.

In case of emergency, people can call 021-99232096 and 021-99230464 for assistance. The helpline will communicate difficulties being faced by the people to the concerned departments.

5:20pm

Thirteen people have been injured as a result of firing in Old Sabzi Mandi and Qasba Colony.

Anwer Kazmi, who works for Pakistan’s largest charity, the Edhi Foundation, said it was difficult to deliver food and water because of incessant gunfire.

“Seven of our ambulances have been fired on so far and one of our volunteers has been shot and injured,” he told AFP.

Local residents in troubled neighbourhoods spoke of their fear, saying they were running out of supplies and could do little but cower at home.

“The walls of my house are riddled with bullets. Many of our household items have been destroyed. Most of time we duck inside the house to save ourselves from frequent volleys of bullets,” said Akber Khan from Orangi neighbourhood.

“We are so afraid. We haven’t slept for nights. One day I was on my balcony, when some bullets were fired at our house, Allah saved me. I haven’t been on the balcony since,” said third-grade student Shaista Ahmed, eight.

“Most people in our neighbourhood are short of food and water. Our children are hungry and thirsty,” fellow resident Mohammad Imran also told AFP, as gunfire could be heard in the background down the telephone line.

Witnesses said many people have started fleeing troubled neighbourhoods to stay with relatives in safer areas.

The worst affected areas are impoverished, thickly populated neighbourhoods in the western part of the city, dotted with construction sites where armed men of different ethnicities are exchanging gunfire.

4:05pm

Malik said both the MQM and ANP had identified troubled areas and the government will focus on these spots after verification.

He said that well trained FC personnel have been called in from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The interior minister said the government was using Google maps to identify troubled areas. He said the law enforcement personnel have been ordered to take action against miscreants regardless of their party affiliation.

He said an operation will soon be launched and no media personnel will allowed in those areas due to safety reasons.

4:00pm

The interior minister said miscreants were using children and the elderly for protection and police was taking action against them.

He said out of the arrested very few had political affiliation.

Malik said the late night operation could not be launched properly due to power cuts in the city.

3:45pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik is addressing the media in Karachi.

Malik has said that 89 people have been arrested since targeted operations were launched last night. He said out of the arrested 12 were found to be Urdu-speaking, 19 Pakhtun and 3 Baloch.

3:30pm

Irfan Aligi reports that people with injured relatives have been forced to stay at hospitals due to nonavailability of  transport and heavy firing in different areas.

Aligi also reports that Bacha Khan flyover, Kati Pahari and Bab-e-Khyber in Metrovile have become volatile areas for those using public transport.

3:20pm

Four shops have been set on fire in Paan Mandi and Khara areas.

Two police trucks have arrived in Qasba Colony, reports Express 24/7correspondent Shaheryar Mirza.

An MQM and ANP leader were involved in a heated debate on a television channel and blamed each other for the ongoing violence in the city.

3:15pm

Irfan Aligi reports sources have said the MQM has issued stern directives to all unit and sector incharge to stay vigilant in their respective areas.

Special watchmen teams have been formed to guard areas adjacent to affected localities.

Aligi reports that people in different areas did not offer prayers atjamia masjids and either stayed home or went to smaller mosques in the vicinity of their residences.

Attendance is low at the offices of City District Government Karachi (CDGK), Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) and Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB).

Aligi also reports that town level offices remained open but with very low attendance.

3:05pm

“This can be summed up in five words – a turf war between political parties,” security analyst Imtiaz Gul told Reuters.

“This is a turf war between the MQM, and ANP and the PPP, for territory – for political space in this big city.”

2:50 pm

The Express Tribune reporter Saba Imtiaz says that the Sindh Rangers have arrived in Joona Market. Gunfire has reportedly stopped.

Here’s the Twitter update:

arafattehsin Black sheep in media are just ranting around for their own good, so are political parties. #Karachi

zehrarizvi Annoying that stories about Karachi violence (very city specific–political and ethnic) end with something about the Taliban…NOT RELATED!

anushkabelle i have never seen Karachi this empty and sad before. its about time all political parties came together and saved #Karachi for a change

SaifQuadri Why is #Karachi in such bad shape??? :(

Saba_Imtiaz Right, felt like that last volley went off right next to us.

saadbinshahid A CNBC reporter puts it very well,”Not humans but humanity is being killed in #Karachi

sohails1977 I wish we could have every day in Karachi so quiet and calm like today…of course…minus the violence…well…just a wish!!!

2:40 pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that 89 suspects have been  arrested in Karachi by police.

Mirza reports that 20 pistols and one kalashnikov have also been seized, and that there are raids taking place in three zones of Karachi according to IG Sindh.

Mirza added that firing resumed again as about four shots are fired in Qasba Colony at the Gazzafi Chowk.

2:20pm

Irfan Aligi reports the Awami National Party has claimed that 161 families have been forced to migrate from District East areas, including Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony and Malir to Pushtoon dominated areas.

Sources have said the MQM is gathering data of people who have been forced to migrate to safer areas and is making arrangements for rations and other essential commodities.

2:10pm

The Express Tribune‘s Saba Imtiaz reports that there has been a volley of gunfire in Juna Market.

Twitter buzz:

YusraSAskari I hate strife induced long weekends even more! RT @sanakazmi: i hate long weekends.

Saba_Imtiaz Karachi’s cameramen and photogs are pulling off some heroic stuff today.

thekarachikid Karachi is a complete ghost town today. Well, at least this part of it.http://ow.ly/i/e2aIhttp://ow.ly/i/e2aLhttp://ow.ly/i/e2aQ

hiranajam wow Karachi, talk about being deserted.

2:05pm

Irfan Aligi reports load-shedding has worsened in some areas. A high tension electricity cable has fallen on the street in Qasba Colony.

A police officer has said that he has not been able to go on duty for the last three days as a result of heavy cross firing. He says rations have finished and all markets in the area are closed.

Aligi spoke to another resident in the area who said that families were being forced to migrate to safer areas. He said people will be forced to become IDPs and take shelter in refugee camps if the situation did improve.

1:45pm

The Express Tribune’s Irfan Aligi has reported that the MQM is expected to announce a new schedule for the protest rally and MQM MPAs are also expected to submit an adjournment motion in the Sindh Assembly tomorrow (Saturday). The rally was postponed as a result of situation in the city.

Residents of violence hit areas have started fleeing to homes of relatives located in nearby areas.

There is a shortage of flour, milk and other cooking items in Qasba Colony.

Aligi reported an MQM MPA, under police cover, had fetched rations for people in affected areas. Residents have said more ration is required.

Twitter buzz:

MatthewGreenFT Karachi getting uglier, residents reporting killings in neighbourhoods that have been peaceful in previous bouts of violence

jahanarawattoo Karachi has become Titanic, but whoever doing this, its really not worth it over so many dead bodies

saadbinshahid Inshallah ~ A day will come, when there will be all good in Karachi and all of us will live here happily after forever.

smitaprakash Appeal to maintain peace in Karachi has come in from Amb Munter (via @YusraSAskari ) Where are the PM and President? Any statements?

1:00pm

MQM has cancelled the protest rally which was to be taken out from Karachi Press Club to the Chief Minister House.

12:20pm

Express 24/7 correspondent, Shaheryar Mirza reports fighting has spread to different parts of the city, including Kharadar, Banaras, Kati Pahari, SITE, Baldia Town and Korangi.

Miscreants are reportedly firing from the rooftops and windows of houses in different areas.

“What good is a day of mourning? We haven’t had any food, water or petrol in the last three days,” a resident of Qasba Colony said in response to the MQM call for a day of mourning.

There are no reports of Rangers or Police conducting raids. Police is yet to enter some neighbourhoods.

Twitter buzz:

Razarumi Shame on the political parties, their death squads and gangs in #Karachi which are killing poor innocent citizens of this wretched country

ammaryasir Situation in Karachi is all time worse in recent times but running tickers like: Khi main khoon ki holi etc is only sensationalizing news.

kashaziz Why Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad left Karachi for Dubai as soon as he resigned as Governor Sindh?

bilalshaw Dont you think that the citizens of Karachi must remove the flags of different political parties from the roof..

farrukhahmed no rain, no business, no traffic, no light! Karachi

BinaShah Oh, Karachi, my love.

jahanarawattoo Karachi has become Titanic, but whoever doing this, its really not worth it over so many dead bodies

12:00pm

Three people have been killed near Hassan Square and Sabzi Mandi.

The Embassy of the United States in Pakistan has expressed concern over the escalating violence in Karachi

A statement released by US ambassador, Cameron Munter, called on all parties to refrain from further violence and work towards a peaceful resolution.

Twitter buzz:

tasnimfatima We are sick of being shut down every now and then !

khan_maaz Only if the political parties understand the cost of a strike… Karachi

Pin drop silence in a commercial area Karachi

mirza9 Death toll is increasing by the half hour, impossible to keep up. going to stop updating the death toll. crossed 85 now Karachi

Aadill If there is no writ of the government, and it is the case, Army should be called up to restore the order in Karachi.

11:35am

The Karachi transporters union, traders association and several petrol pump owners have announced a strike to protest the ongoing violence.

More than 90 percent of the petrol pumps in the city have shut down,Express 24/7 reports.

Major markets are also shut down in the city.

Transporters are complaining the government is not providing them enough security.

Twitter buzz:

Saba_Imtiaz Abdul Sattar Edhi appeals for calm as the city goes up in flames. Again. Dozens of their ambulances have been fired on.

AndieDeArment sad for Karachi today but always amazed by the resilience of the city & its people

RiazToori Prez Asif Ali #Zardari further directed all concerned 2 deal sternly with criminal elements regardless of political affiliations in Karachi

baylinveil Ethnic violence in Karachi, offices closed, long weekend. This feels like, well, all of my childhood except I’m not excited about it anymore

Hafsa_Khawaja To say our hearts bleed for Karachi, would be an understatement. Whats the solution to its situation other than massive deweaponization?

NadeemfParacha Karachi quiet. But more birds in the sky than usual. Chalo, something good coming from a strike that’s not a strike is a strike.

shyyawn Any updates on the Karachi situation. Do we go to offices normally or should we wait and see? What’s the scene out there?

Saba_Imtiaz Very little traffic on the roads. Cabbie says he was stopped by some men on Shahrah-e-Faisal and told not go further.

11:20am

Heavy contingents of police have been deployed in Baldia Town, Ghousia Mohalla and Muslim Mujahid Colony.

All shops and markets in Hyderabad and interior Sindh have been shut down.

Security forces are set to launch a crackdown against miscreants but no arrests have been made so far.

11:16am

Eleven people have been killed overnight.

One person was killed in North Karachi and a body was found from Soldier market.

Two people were killed in Orangi Town, one person was shot dead in Joriya Bazaar, two in Kharadar, two in Qasba Colony, one near Kati Pahari and two people, including a 6-year old boy, were killed in New Karachi and Baldia Town.

A slideshow of pictures from Karachi on Friday can be seen here.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Dee
    Jul 8, 2011 - 12:14PM

    spelling mistake in the caption… “Relatievs”Recommend

  • shuja
    Jul 8, 2011 - 12:17PM

    This is very painful.It is impossible to beleive that no one knows who are the killers.This is no matter of prestige.Every party should join hands with MQM to curb this chaos.Better the newly found friends should join hands and take the sevices of Shahbaz Sharif because it is matter of national importance.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 8, 2011 - 12:22PM

    People have been killed mercilessly in Karachi during the four days shooting. More than 80 people have dies and hundreds are injured.

    Muslims have divided into several groups and killing each other in the name of ethnicity and language. The only language prevail in the city is the language of guns.

    Government has become silent spectator and nothing has been done. The law and order situation has become order of the day,

    Still the Federal Interior Minister and the Chief Minister of Sindh are of the opinion that Police and Rangers can control the situation which is far from imagination.

    Giving shoot at sight orders for criminals could not be carried out by the Police and Rangers as today MQM is observing a day of mourning but despite the fact the firing incidents are taking place in various parts of the city adding the death toll.

    There is no law in Karachi. It is jungle’s law. Any one has a gun can shoot the other guy. The need of the hour is that curfew should be imposed in the affected areas and house to house search should begun to recover the illegal weapons and arrest the criminals. Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 12:34PM

    those who have to work, are at work.Recommend

  • Nabila Khan
    Jul 8, 2011 - 12:51PM

    This is so sad whatever is happening in Karachi…. i have many relatives in Karachi and pray for every innocent citizen of Karachi “that Allah keep them in his protection (Ameen)Recommend

  • Farrukh Ashafq
    Jul 8, 2011 - 1:03PM

    The name of the game is Death !Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 1:07PM

    God be with #karachi.

    This rain in Islamabad is not bringing happiness on my face because of tyrant and ferocious situation in KarachiRecommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 1:35PM

    The Balkanization of Pakistan

    Already in 2005, a report by the US National Intelligence Council and the CIA forecast a “Yugoslav-like fate” for Pakistan “in a decade with the country riven by civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries, as seen recently in Balochistan.” (Energy Compass, 2 March 2005). According to the NIC-CIA, Pakistan is slated to become a “failed state” by 2015, “as it would be affected by civil war, complete Talibanisation and struggle for control of its nuclear weapons”. (Quoted by former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Times of India, 13 February 2005):

    “Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from an entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties. In a climate of continuing domestic turmoil, the Central government’s control probably will be reduced to the Punjabi heartland and the economic hub of Karachi,” the former diplomat quoted the NIC-CIA report as saying.

    Expressing apprehension, Hasan asked, “are our military rulers working on a similar agenda or something that has been laid out for them in the various assessment reports over the years by the National Intelligence Council in joint collaboration with CIA?” (Ibid)

    Continuity, characterized by the dominant role of the Pakistani military and intelligence has been scrapped in favor of political breakup and balkanization.

    According to the NIC-CIA scenario, which Washington intends to carry out: “Pakistan will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction,” (Ibid) .
    The US course consists in fomenting social, ethnic and factional divisions and political fragmentation, including the territorial breakup of Pakistan. This course of action is also dictated by US war plans in relation to both Afghanistan and Iran.

    This US agenda for Pakistan is similar to that applied throughout the broader Middle East Central Asian region. US strategy, supported by covert intelligence operations, consists in triggering ethnic and religious strife, abetting and financing secessionist movements while also weakening the institutions of the central government.

    The broader objective is to fracture the Nation State and redraw the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recommend

  • dextor
    Jul 8, 2011 - 1:36PM

    S Mirzy..Those who had to work are at home.,,,else it owuld not be happeningRecommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 2:01PM

    I hope things will get better soon. Sending my prayers to everyone in Karachi, especially for those affected by the clashes. We have had similar clashes and wave of violence here as well in different parts of Indonesia in 1998-99, and realized that in hard times like this, it becomes very important not to lose hope. Stay safe!Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:04PM

    So who are the victims and who are the killers? Does not give any hint about why this is happening and who is or might can be behind it. Recommend

  • Analyzer
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Where are the trigger happy Rangers when you need them?!?Recommend

  • Shifa
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:13PM

    The evil Hindoos are conspiring with Americans who have PhD in backstabbing to destabilize this great nation whose civilization dates back to the time when Europeans were living in the wild as hunters and berry gatherers.Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Army, rangers, militants, FC, political parties, religious groups, all kill the weakest, the common man Pakistani. :(Recommend

  • Ranjit
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:32PM

    @shifa
    As an Indian and Hindu, I totally agree with you; Once we expose the Indian and American hands in Pak violence, all violence in Pak will be gone; In the meantime, we have to keep looking for Indian and American hand…Recommend

  • patriotic
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:34PM

    im sick of democracy.. can we have a dictator .. can we have stability please.. i bet tribune will not post this..Recommend

  • Pakistani!
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:38PM

    a frightening situation.everybody knows who’s responsible.
    a request-please stop drooling over money!its high time you start taking interest in the problems faced by citizens of this country!Recommend

  • imtiaz
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:41PM

    this is fight for gaining/maintaining control of karachi. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:45PM

    All racist parties should be banned from participating in politics and issuing racist statements. Our government is more than always eager to ban the Islamic background parties. They do not see that these racist parties are more dangerous for the law and order then the Islamist parties.
    These racist parties gather sympathies of a particular ethnic/linguistic group and as a reaction do the same.
    All politics should be on the principles and not the racism. they have divided Karachi into regions of their supporters. They are in fact fighting to control the whole city.Recommend

  • Aryabhat
    Jul 8, 2011 - 2:58PM

    @Shifa

    When Europeans were living in the wild as hunters this great nation was made up of Hindoos (BTW, it is “Hindus”) that you seemingly despise!

    As for the events unfolding in Karachi, it is obvious that MQM and ANP are fighting it out and PPP Govt. is happily watching it. Army is not in a position to wade in this mess.

    God save Karachi!Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 3:11PM

    We r Fighting for what?… For Bread? For Electricity? For DailyLife Comfort?…. If we can get these thing by killing each other… Then I welcome all killers to start from myself… Remember ALLAH never let a Zalim go until all Innocent get compansate by him… We all are zalimeen as we all Select these people to ruine our life, peace and country… we are equally responsible as when these people ask for vote.. we r the people who feed them by saying… Jiye Mahjir, Paktoon Zindabad, Balochi Dabang… or Zinda ha Zinda.. Allah please forgive us we are really from ZALAMEENRecommend

  • Z A FAROOQI
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:24PM

    A state which on the altars of political expediencies condones the acts of violence or appears hapless in the wake of target killings, extortions and torture has little reason to exist. It has now increasingly becoming evident that state has shunned Karachi and now the fate of Karachiites is in the hand of so-called political stakeholders of the city who are instigating and perpetrating the violence with complete impunity and without any fear of Law of the land for petty political interests.Recommend

  • Z A FAROOQI
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Latest round of bloodshed in Karachi is a grisly reminder that as long as the criminal and rogue elements are treated as stakeholders of Karachi and are not strictly dealt with in accordance with the Law of the Land, Karachi would continue to bleed. Recommend

  • ZUBAIR A FAROOQI
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Karachi has once again descanted into Mayhem, Chaos and violence; thanks to the blood-stained politics of the so-called stake holders of Karachi. Ethnic and sectarian violence rears it ugly head every now and than apparently with the connivance of political and religious parties who find violence a useful ploy to further their political agenda and commercial interests. Recommend

  • mrs asim
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Its high time the army shd take over…i wonder what else are they waiting for??? how many more innocent people to die ???? the govt is responsible for each n every life lost ….infact y dont these killers make the govt the target, instead of taking innocent lives !!!!!!!Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 3:39PM

    Where is so called ‘Rangers’? Why the hell we’re giving big amount of money to Rangers. Why media is not asking question from DG Rangers? Totally weird situation. Last, not least, I have to say ‘God forgive us’, yes I said ‘forgive’.Recommend

  • Rock
    Jul 8, 2011 - 3:41PM

    @Shifa: According to my indian muslim friend Islam never teaches you to hate other religions. Nowhere it is mentioned. So never hate hindus, buddhist, sikhs, jains, christens or any other religious person. They are also doing good work for society just like you. Recommend

  • patriotic
    Jul 8, 2011 - 8:22PM

    i miss musharraf!… we had peace progress.. growth …jobs.. “roti kapra makaan” was way cheaper.. petrol was cheaper…cricket teams used to visit us…we had investment.. we had a little bit of respect.. we had hope!.. now we have Democracy! and rehman malik statements and his continuous reference to stars wars and the third element!…

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  • fas
    Jul 8, 2011 - 9:08PM

    Mr. Shifa
    You can hate India and USA and any other country, all you like! but do not, I repeat DONOT malign the name of Islam by speaking vile about other religions. You do not have any right to do so if you call yourself a Muslim. For the record ….. I am Alhamdulillah a Muslim. Please respect your teachings.

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  • ArifQ
    Jul 8, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Death by thousand cuts! As Pakistan Army launches operations in NWA and Kurram agency violence erupts in Karachi-coincidence? I think not, the enemy is attacking the state called Pakistan in places which are vulnerable and have the biggest impact. People we should be angry with are the killers and all of those politicians, journalists, retired army generals, think tanks who have provided a political cover to these Taliban barbarians.

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  • shafiq chughtai
    Jul 8, 2011 - 11:18PM

    aoa to all readers
    well its sad to see this happening but this is how we are ! these politician are from us . these killers are from us. we have zero tolerence for each other, we love to fight and point fingers and each other. we backstab and keep mute to keep ourselves safe.
    we are testing Allah ki rasi , kafi dheel mil gaye hay hum sab ko…may allah forgive us amen

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 8, 2011 - 11:34PM

    The death toll has risen to more than 100 people in four days of ethnic clashes in the ill-fated city of Karachi.

    After Qasba Colony and Kati Pahari, the most affected area is of close to the area of Hassan Square which once upon a time was called a peaceful area.

    At Hasan Square/Eassa Nagri people have been firing at each other intensely. Single gun shots as well as bursts from automatic rifles are also heard during the last four days.

    According to a Sindh Government notification, Mr. Manzoor Wassan has been made Provincial Minister of Interior of Sindh and various TV anchors are reporting that Operation is underway by the Rangers in the affected areas.

    I don’t think that any search and arrest operation will be successful, unless the curfew is clamped and Karachi is handed over to the Jawans of Pakistan Army to arrest the culprits that belongs to the various ethnic groups and are killing innocent people for the sake of personal satisfaction.

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  • Ali
    Jul 9, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Time to deweaponize Karachi, And let the armed forces take control till normalcy is restored. On the larger scale, many lives can be saved.

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  • moorthy
    Jul 9, 2011 - 1:22AM

    condolences from across the border.
    i must admit that whenver bombings happen in india i would be enraged to think that india go mano e mano.

    i must apologise after seeing all the mayhem in pakistan.once again condolences. may god bring this quickly to the end

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  • Colorado NRI
    Jul 9, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Mr. Shifa is absolutely right. The outsiders harming Pakistan have degrees in backstabbing. I see a lot of people with BS next to their names. Many of them go on to get their doctorates too. Such a scandal!

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  • Mirza
    Jul 9, 2011 - 1:38AM

    @ArifQ:
    I think there is a lot of meat in your arguments. Thanks and regards,

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  • karachiete
    Jul 9, 2011 - 2:30AM

    Everyone in the city is aware whi is killing and why barring Rehman Malik an our extremely professional law enforcement agencies. the power game started post 2008 elections when MQM realized ANP is gaining political strength in Karachi. since then MQM started this genocide of ethnic cleansing of Karachi to remain unchallenged and sole proprietor of Karachi. unfortunately, Rehman Malik and alike are once again turning a blind eye as those getting killed are not important for him. Bad luck for all who are waiting for their turn to be slaughtered someday in this biggest slaughter-house of this universe.

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  • Jul 9, 2011 - 2:35AM

    I’m physically, emotionally, and mentally sickened by what’s happening in Pakistan. Each day, I wake wondering if family and friends will make it through the next 24 hours. I cannot even begin to imagine how they feel-considering I feel helpless and I am not there, nor am I in too much danger. I’m praying for everyone, even the bad guys, whomever they be, because I’m down to thinking: only God can change this–because a miracle is needed and it’s needed now. We are human and we are able to bring sorrow easily; too many of us (even one is too many) do not seem to want to control ourselves. On the flip side, wow, Pakistani’s are courageous and I commend their ability to wake and face yet another day. Way to go! Keep looking forward and continue to hope. The Pakistani youth — THEY are your human saviors; they’re here to save… the World.

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  • Maher
    Jul 9, 2011 - 9:18AM

    WTF they have done with Karachi…. Really these politicians wants money, control, power and we common people are here to die…Recommend

  • shafiq chughtai
    Jul 9, 2011 - 1:41PM

    aoa , to my brothers in karachi.
    again we are venting ourselves.right here in this blog, and thats the only thing we can do.but please remember the pain of all those whose loved ones are slaughtered, of all those who had been killed for no reason.Please do not forgive them who brought this on us please do not be a hypocrite again , be part of change next time u get a chance speak the truth and stand by it , in steadfast way .May Allah forgive us Recommend

  • Jul 9, 2011 - 2:03PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: Excellent post. If you write anything, like a blog or an article, I’d like you to share it with me. You write well and I appreciate your view. Being isolated on this island does not allow me much interaction, except for friends and family and the wonderful Internet. I’m praying for these times to end, peacefully. There must be a way.

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  • Rizwan Ahmed
    Jul 9, 2011 - 8:07PM

    Karachi is once again burning soaked in blood and smoke. Killers are presenting themselves as godot conducting rallies and marches. Every one knows what is behind smoke screen. It’s mainly MQM and its military wing responsible for this massacre. Their land grabbing and drug mafia and target killers are involved in this violence. What’s reprehensible is that MQM uses ethnic card of ‘mohajir vs pushtoon’ to incite hatred between communities for their dirty politics. If this ethnic group didn’t exist, there would be no ethnic conflicts. MQM is a group of terrorists that poses a threat to peace and stability. Those blaming Pakistan peoples party for not inviting military to control blazing Karachi should not forget the dire consequences of 1992 operation. Rather than Govt is focusing to gather intelligence and information and then conduct targeted operations against the miscreants. An army action in Karachi would mean the collective failure of the political forces to manage the affairs of the country satisfactorily. Government is very much concerned about game of blood and terror in Karachi and Interior minister has promised induction of 1,000 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary to bolster the police and Rangers in the city, the Sindh government has issued shoot on sight orders to quell the violence. It is MQM’s well known and demonstrated track record that it always resorts to the gun when it wants to dictate its own terms to rivals or the power structure. If it is unable to win the day through its habitual tactics of intimidation and at the same time anointing itself as the victim, Karachi is in for bad times, and with it, the country as a whole.

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  • Sumaira Naseer
    Jul 9, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Comparing MQM to the criminal gangs who carry out killings of innocent people (Muhajir or Pakhtoons) is very must just and apt. Just like all the criminal gangs of Karachi then, MQM should also be banned and dismantled. The current target killing in Karachi typifies the mentality of MQMer, which actually expose the violent nature of this terrorist organization. To blame and accuse PPP and ANP for current upheaval in Karachi carries no weight. Both the parties are peaceful and never supported violent mindset. Even When Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was martyred, PPP Leaders and specially Asif Ali Zardari appealed people to remain calm, and this was the time when sentiments were much high but PPP leadership strictly ordered workers to keep away from violent actions. Furthermore if PPP wants unrest in Karachi and wants to undermine MQM why it did not kick off all during Musharraf regime? Is it not something asinine to blame PPP for current bloodshed in Karachi, when PPP is ruling the province and country? How party in rule can commit such a folly that dents its own popularity? I just invite writer to have a look on past history of MQM. As long as MQM remains in power Karachi witness’s peace but as it sits on territory benches, the people of Karachi face the music. No military, no operation, the solution to Karachi problems is just to ban MQM peace will be restored for ever.

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  • Zahid Qureshi
    Jul 9, 2011 - 11:47PM

    “Tujh ko kitnon ka laho chahiyay ay arz-e watan,
    jo tairay aaraz-e bayrang ko gulnaar karain.

    kitne aahon say kalaija taira thanda ho ga,
    kitnay aanso tairay sahraoon ko gulzar karain.

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