At least 44 killed in new Karachi violence

Published: August 18, 2011

A Pakistani man comforts a mourner after the killing of a man, outside a hospital in Karachi on August 18, 2011. At least 30 people died in overnight violence between rival ethnic groups and criminal gangs in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi, police said. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani relative mourns the killing of a victim of a shooting, outside a hospital in Karachi on August 18, 2011. PHOTO: AFP A Pakistani man comforts a mourner after the killing of a man, outside a hospital in Karachi on August 18, 2011. At least 30 people died in overnight violence between rival ethnic groups and criminal gangs in Pakistan's financial capital of Karachi, police said. PHOTO: AFP Relatives mourn the death of their loved ones who were shot dead in the overnight spate of violence in Karachi. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/EXPRESS Waja Ahmad Karim Daad was shot dead just before iftar at a hotel in Karachi’s troubled area of Lyari. PHOTO: EXPRESS Private ambulance service volunteers transport slain PPP leader's corpse to the hospital. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: A fresh wave of violence gripped Pakistan’s commercial hub of Karachi on Thursday, with reports saying at least 44 people had been killed over two days in gangwars and political disputes, some after being tortured.

Fighting erupted on Wednesday in and around the old districtof Lyari, long a focus of battles between rival gangs and astronghold of President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’sParty (PPP).

Former PPP lawmaker Waja Karim Daad was among the dead.

“Most of the killings have resulted from clashes between criminal gangs operating in Lyari and surrounding areas,” a senior police official said.

“It’s not the kind of fighting that we saw last month, this is more of a gang war.”

But police said turf wars between gangs dealing in drugs and extortion rackets were by no means a new development in Lyari.

“These gangs regularly clash and kill members and supporters of rival groups,” the senior official said.

“Many times, innocent people are also targeted in this rivalry. However, many of those killed end up linked to one gang or the other. Some of these gangs do have political support and backing, but still you cannot term this as a political war as such.”

He acknowledged that “a few” of those killed may have been targeted over their ethnic or political affiliation.

A city of more than 18 million, Karachi has a long history of violence, and ethnic, religious and sectarian disputes and political rows can often explode into battles engulfing entire neighbourhoods.

Street thugs and ethnic gangs have been used by political parties as foot soldiers in a turf war in a city which contributes about two-third of Pakistan’s tax revenue and is home to ports, the stock exchange and central bank.

Pakistan’s interior minister earlier this month vowed to restore peace in the city after a fresh bout of violence and warned of stern action against militants and criminals.

Hundreds of additional police and paramilitary troops were deployed in Karachi last month to quell the unrest.

About 300 people were killed last month - one of the deadliest months in almost two decades – in fighting linked to ethnic and religious tensions that plague Karachi.

According to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 800 people have been killed in the first seven months of this year in ethnic and politically linked violence alone.

‘Government not failing at maintaining law and order’

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has dispelled the impression that the law and order situation in Karachi is out of control.

Speaking to Express News, Memon said the Rangers and Police personnel have been tasked with controlling the situation and that they are carrying out raids in different areas.

The minister said that maintaining law and order is the government’s responsibility and it is not failing.

He said extremists want to destabilise the country’s economy by targeting Karachi.

MQM leaders have called an emergency press conference this evening over the recent surge in violence.

Meanwhile, the funeral prayers of former PPP MNA Waja Karim Daad, who also fell prey to escalating violence in the city on Wednesday, have been offered.

Zardari condemns murder of Waja Daad Baloch

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of former member National Assembly, and a Pakistan People’s Party member Waja Ahmad Karim Daad Baloch, who was shot dead by unknown assailants in Karachi on Wednesday.

President Zardari in a condolence message expressed his deepest sympathies on the death of the former MNA. Zardari lauded the contribution of Waja Karim Daad as a PPP MNA and said that with his death the party had lost a seasoned politician and a sincere worker.

Waja Karim Daad was elected from the Lyari area. The President prayed the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.

Earlier the MQM had also issued a statement in which MQM leader Altaf Hussain condemned the killing of Baloch.

Updated from Print edition (below)

Former MNA, 7 others fall prey to escalating violence

Veteran Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and former lawmaker Waja Ahmad Karim Daad was among seven others shot dead in the city on Wednesday.

The fresh spate of violence broke out in the wake of the recovery of five bodies of Lyari residents found in gunny bags from various localities in the city.

More than a dozen people were injured in the wake of the latest outbreak of bloodshed.

(Read: Seeking an end to Karachi’s killings)

Karim Daad, a former PPP MNA and a popular social worker of the area, was targeted by armed men on motorcycles outside a local restaurant in front of the Kharadar Jamaat Khana in the limits of the Jackson police station just before iftar. Karim Daad and one of his friends were killed on the spot.

The police officer investigating the murder, Sub-Inspector Iftikhar told The Express Tribune that both Karim Daad and his  friend Sadaruddin regularly used to sit together in front of the main gate of the Kharadar Jamaat Khana, adding that Karim Daad was shot once in the forehead, Sadaruddin was shot in his upper torso.

Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Shaukat Ali Shah told The Express Tribune that the killing of the former legislator was the result of a “gang war between two rival groups in Lyari”. There is old rivalry between Arshad Pappu (currently being run by Ghaffar Zikri) and Rehman Dakait (at present, run by Baba Ladla) groups.

“This is (the outcome of) a chain reaction. These incidents are happening in reaction to each other,” said the DIG.

Attacks, he said, were also mounted against the Salar Compound after the bodies of five Baloch men were found. “God knows what else is to follow,” he said.

DIG Shah confirmed the killing of at least six more people, and said nearly a dozen others were injured.

Fierce fighting between the two groups ensued in parts of Lyari, Old City, Saddar, Pak Colony and Old Golimar were affected after intense firing gripped the areas. Hand grenades were freely used by both the groups in the fierce fighting.

Meanwhile, the authorities were unable to take any action and failed to enter the affected areas. The bodies stuffed in gunny bags of the five Baloch-speaking residents of Lyari, which triggered the violence, were found from different areas of the city and all five victims were killed after being kidnapped. They were shot multiple times, mostly on their heads.

Three of the dead – who were later identified as Kamran Behram, 26, Shahnawaz Buksh, 25, and Saqib Ghani, 24 – were found within the limits of Ferozabad Police Station. All three victims were residents of Sangu Lane, Lyari.

Two more bodies, identified as Irfan Baloch and Nadir Baloch, were also found from Garden and Preedy, respectively. Following their funeral, residents of Lyari took to the streets and staged a demonstration against the killings. The protesters, headed by former president of defunct Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) Shahid Rehman, then marched towards the chief minister house and demanded stern action against the perpetrators.

(Read: How the police is failing the people of Karachi)

However, the protestors dispersed peacefully after Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon pledged to take immediate action over the killings.

While returning from the Chief Minister House, a score of unidentified persons attacked their rival gang in Old City areas including Salar Compound, Bhimpura and the Aqal Bonga area where they hurled nearly a dozen hand-grenades and also fired at least two rockets following intense firing.

Resultantly, a twelve-year-old girl Esha, daughter of Ramji, and two other unidentified persons were killed and nearly half a dozen were injured. At least three vehicles were also damaged after catching fire in the rocket attacks.

Meanwhile, three people – including a hosiery shopkeeper Yousuf Sattar – were killed and at least four others were wounded during the firing in the Kharadar area.

Sources told The Express Tribune that Salar Compound and its surrounding areas were a stronghold of PPP senior activist Akram Baloch and Lyari’s gangsters or the defunct PAC former members believed that Akram was supporting their rival Ghaffar Zikri group and attacking them.

Profile: Waja Ahmad Karim Daad

Former Member National Assembly (MNA) Waja Karim Daad Baloch was a senior member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

He started his political career by contesting the union council elections and was elected councillor in Lyari. Daad, who belonged to the Ismaili community, hailed from Gawadar and later shifted to Kalri, Lyari from where he moved to Kharadar.

During Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government, Daad was elected as the PPP president of the old city area comprising Lyari, Keamari, Kharadar, Shams Pir and Baba Bhit. During Benazir Bhutto’s government, he was elected as the president of District South.

He had contested the general elections in 1993 and 1997 and won the MNA seat with a thumping majority both times.

His father, Kareem Dad Baloch, was affiliated with the fishing business in Gawadar while his younger brother is continuing the family business.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned Waja Karim Daad contesting elections in 1993 and 1999. The correction has been made.

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Reader Comments (85)

  • Zavia
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Its time to bring the Army.From target killing to BHATA by People Aman Committee to hand grenade attacks…., Enough has been faced by people of Karachi in particular andrest of the citizens across the country. The BaBu sitting at Islamabad must go…., What suits our country is Civil dictators backed by army meaning a governing setup which heads reputable civil leaders with support of army and judiciary as a watchdog…..Recommend

  • Zain Kamran
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:52PM

    O Allah, please give us the strength to maintain peace…..Ameen!

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  • TANOLI.
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:45PM

    what a shame full act commited may allah give in place in heaven.

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  • Concerned Pakistani
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:03AM

    I just saw Najam sethi’s program on You Tube where he said that we have 2 crore people with different kinds of weapons in this country. No wonder then, that this is happening. I keep asking myself, how did we get to this point?

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:15AM

    Leave the people at their own to kill each other. When everybody will be killed no body will remain alive in Karachi.

    Once called city of lights will be called graveyard of Karachi.

    Those behind the target killing will never understand as there is nothing more precious in the world with those precious human lives which are not among us due to personal enmity and target killings.

    There is no mechanism available with the government to shoot at sight the target killers.

    Pakistan has really become a failed state.

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  • faizan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:23AM

    These scoundrels must have been died long before!!!
    A single former MNA died and his news is top on the story…. but what about those innocent lives who died for nothing?? what about those children who dies in the lap of their mother?? we must think about it!!!

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  • kashif
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:34AM

    till when sindhis and baloch have to suffer the mqm ghundas. please president zardari deal them with an iron hand.

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  • Rehan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Why is it always the PPP that gets murdered??!! Benazir Bhutto, Salmaan Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti??!! I’m asking you our dear Agencies!!
    Regards,
    Rehan

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  • faraz
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:05AM

    Here starts a new round of target killings

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 4:57AM

    The last thing this country needs is Ismaili Community starting to react against such incidence .

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  • Realist.
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:01AM

    Do NOT bring ARMY!
    They Will Play the card of victimization after the Operation is over.
    I BELIEVE I certainly BELIEVE that Police can handle this if Political Influence is NOT used over them!!

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  • ehsanali
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:19AM

    @kashif:
    Zardari and his gang of thugs are responsible for this unrest in Karachi

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:23AM

    @Rehan:

    Why dont you ask Zardari? He’s the only one backing up the ‘agencies’ today. All else want to put them in a back foot

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  • aq
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:33AM

    ARMY is the final answer and let it be operation like SAWAT in Karachi, enough is enough , to HELL with all politicians , PPP, PML, ANP, MQM, PPI, JI, ………….. they all are curse of Allah on our nation
    n this x-MNA who died i dont consider him in the list of politicians as he sidelined himself from it since 1999 so may Allah rest him in peace aameenRecommend

  • Ali Habib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:42AM

    MQM guys are collecting BHATTA in the form of “Fitra” for KKF….

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 7:25AM

    The Interior Minister, Mr. Rehman Malik only talks, promises and does nothing to catch the killers. Otherwise he very smugly says a foreign hand is involved. This iis escaping REALITY. Escapism is our second nature combined with inertness which compounds our bias to protect our favorites.
    The time has come to stop being delusional and not think the citizens are inactive and inured by poverty or age. The people of Pakistan are a very peaceful and “MYOB” lot and do not see any reason to using arms. on the slightest provocation. But the time has come to set up vigilante or communal groups to police the neighborhoods for our own protection. Since the GOP has failed hopelessly because of the tribal and caste brotherhood, AND its inability to think constructively, AND in raising taxes and funds locally to give education and training to the LEAs, it is time for the citizens to now make a * “DUNDA FAUJ.” (Like the late, great Z A Bhutto had decided to make against Al Badr in 1970-71. Salams.)

    Mind Tour Own Business.
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  • Ali Habib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:04AM

    The government should banned all political parties in Karachi or at least all politics activities in Karachi for just 1-2 years and remove all the haterd wall chalkings and also seal all unit offices/ sector offices/ wards etc.

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  • Karim
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Police has failed in Karachi. Government has to take measures on war footing to eliminate the criminals and thugs.

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  • MAD
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:19AM

    Let the games begin. Its war now.

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  • Zafar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:26AM

    Fire has finally reached to arsonists

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  • Ranjit
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:33AM

    My condolences to the family of the old lady in the photo; Peace All, my brothers in Karachi

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  • Rizwan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:42AM

    When you can’t deliver you should quit and let the others try if people elects them; this is also one of the beauty of democracy but needs PPP attention.

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  • Aristo
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Ever since the creation of Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) by Zulfiqar Mirza but a brainchild of Mr. Prez, Lyari has become a war zone. Their militants have even begin to penetrate into Clifton and Defence areas. Just spend a few hours at Boat Basin and adjoining areas in the late hours on the weekend and see it for your self, they are roaming around with such impunity that it leaves no doubt in my mind they have strong support to protect them from LEAs.

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  • Asim
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Waja Kareem Daad belonged to Ismaili community. They have been living in Karachi for hundreds of years without any problem. Now they have been unwillingly drag into whirlpool of violence in Karachi.

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  • Hanif
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:33AM

    situation in karachi is worse than it was in swat now… why don’t the army take action, becuase in this situation political parties are involved and not molvies?

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  • Ibn-e-Adam
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:52AM

    Now Pakistan require a dictator who come and hang these filthy politicians. These corrupt politicians are only making money, they don’t want to make peace. They are only looting Pakistan. Now its the time to severely punish these men.

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 11:06AM

    I am sure that Rehman Malik’s ridiculous Statement wud remain the same.
    That Karachi’s Target Killing is all about the Wives killing their Husbands & girlfriends getting their Boyfriends Murdered.

    When a govt has such jokers working in it .this is the recipe for Disaster

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Hanif:
    The Army seems to be Bought thats y is sitting lying a dead Duck

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 11:10AM

    @Zavia:
    I agreee; bring in the army. Recommend

  • Aamir
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:11AM

    This is simple, PPP being the ruling party is squarely responsible for not keeping Pakistan liveable. Their team failed miserably in all areas and domains, They must go and all should realize that the current PPP is not even a shadow of ZAB.

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  • ZZQ
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:17AM

    @kashif: one only needs to be deaf and blind to blame it all on one party… every party here in Karachi (including PPP, ANP, MQM, JSQM, ST etc.) is a Mafia and operates with gangs… and its blind folded perceptions based on ethnicity that are giving fuel to this fire…

    Please please please, lets just drop our ethinic interests for once and think of this country and the innocent lives lost.

    May Allah SWT help us all

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  • Frank
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:27AM

    No. No military rule, yet. Let the liberals and others get a (re)taste of Sharif family rule first, and sever relations with America. Only after that will we be ready to fix things.

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  • Usamah
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:34AM

    What is more saddening is the fact that all this ruthless killing is going on in the month of Ramadan, which closes the gates of hell and brings a month of blessing. Look what we have made out of this month for our people? How do we expect Allah to bless our country and shower gracefulness. We kill people like there is no tomorrow. May Allah bless all those that have died, burn those in hell who are committing these crimes. Ameen.

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  • ZEE Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:50AM

    ARMY is the solution for what is happening now these filthy politician are playing with the innocent people, with the judiciary , and playing all dirty dirty politics . Name it they are on T V talk show cleaning their dirty laundry , throwing mud on each other . Take Kesc first they cut the power short make people cry then they raise the rate as they wishes no one to look after . C N G prices raised RS 13/ plus over night . Reason given big industrial are having illegal connections and steeling gas .Innocent people like us has to pay for the illegality .

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  • Abid
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:15PM

    We should know by now who is behind it –

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  • Spectacle
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:15PM

    As soon as Military rule left, Pakistan turned into Hell hole with lootings, killings and kidnappings. Pakistan has proved over and over again that it is incapable of democratic rule as their democratic rule engulfs the country in poor law and order, loss of lives, target and random shootings by unknown men on a daily basis, inflicting a death sentance for the citizens of Pakistan. With all the loss of lives and daily blood shed the military has only offered lip service and no action . . . . how tragic and pathetic!! Farsighted thinking is missing absolutely! Opportunistic leadership does not want military and has shown total disregard for its people’s safety and livelihood.
    Pakistani people are sick of politicians and their democracy, who have let the people down with free flow of their blood shed.

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  • syed Imran
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:20PM

    PPP will always be kept busy in boot licking MQM while indiscriminate killings of citizens of Karachi will continue.

    MQM and PPP just want to sit in power corridors and enjoy taxpayers money

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  • Shahid
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Laa’nat on all political parties claiming stake in Karachi………..

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  • M.Akthar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:58PM

    I want to know despite anti corruption agitation happening in india, no one asks for military rule?

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  • Karim Javed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Now we need Hitler.

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  • Arindom
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:07PM

    it’s all a RAW/CIA conspiracy!

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:41PM

    @Arindom

    This could be :) becouse its all started with killing of PPP MNA by 3 ‘motorcyclist’.

    But still if its done by RAW or CIA, people who have started this voilence of burning and firing on opponents in revenge are actually responsible for this situation.

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  • Pro Pakistani
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:55PM

    @M.Akthar:
    Sir, no comparing can be made between corruption and killings.

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  • Ameen
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @M.Akhtar – The answer to your question is , India is an ancient country while Pakistan is a young country threatened historically by India (past wars). Military rule gives Pakistan more security from external threats and proxy wars. It will take another decade or more for Pakistan to evolve into a democracy provided it urgently eliminate illieracy through rapid education. Even semi educated people can make better decision in selecting their leaders, for a successful democracy. At present Pakistan’s literacy rate is very low and thats why democracy is a failure.

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  • Shoaib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Karim Daad was a social worker of the peace loving Ismaili community of Kharadar Jamat Khana. He was not a criminal nor belonged to any gang.

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  • Reality bites
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Shift Capital from Islamabad to Karachi for 6 months, don’t provide any govt. security to any political leaders. Problem will get solved within week time.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:28PM

    The government’s writ seems to be lost.
    The Government that cannot protect the life and property of citizens should resign .

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  • faraz
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:30PM

    @Frank

    Just like Ayub, Zia and Musharraf severed links with US after coming to power?

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  • Maher
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:33PM

    We are living in BEIRUT/ KABUL & BAGHDAD…

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  • Aamir
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Stop blaming others. Our government miserably failed in bringing peace and stability in the country. Their ministers are still involved in unwanted fight with their oponents. PPP failed miserably because of its pathetic and corrupt team headed by aimless and dishonest regime. Kick them out of power, and let them cry for a decade. We will atleast standup on our feet again.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:47PM

    The Dark Force from other Parts of this country is all set out to rip Karachi apart , See who Jack the rippers are :

    http://www.ummat.com.pk/2011/08/18/news.php?p=story5.gif

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  • R S JOHAR
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Karachi has become a Somalian city.

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  • khurram ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Chief of Army Staff

    For the sake of Almighty kindly take immediate action, these politicians eat us alive if you can’t do then Almighty will help us.

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Waiting For Allah

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  • Anserali Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:34PM

    Just wondering: a twice elected MNA of PPP elected from Lyari gets killed during Iftar.

    Atleast out of respect for a loyal PPP worker there should have been an official statement of condemnation from the Provincial and Federal government of PPP,

    Were is this nation heading,where is Karachi heading….30 plus persons shot dead in last 15 hours.

    Where is the government……..

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  • afridi
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:00PM

    one word!.. ‘ Army ‘ … SSg commandos..problem solvedd…/p>Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:39PM

    where are those whose claim was ‘Karachi Humara Hai’ when they were in City Government? which is the only party that claims of having 85% mandate of Karachi people? which is the only party that bring thousands of people on roads just on one call within hours? The question is: Why isn’t there such call/action yet from that organization/party?Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:08PM

    @propakistani & ameen:
    I agree with you partially!
    Sir, if nukes wont give us security what else will? If we keep spending on arms a big %ge of GDP despite having nukes, how will we spend on education? On top of it, schools are being blown away by militant groups! So, we end up under Another ZiaUlHaq!

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  • Someone
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:09PM

    The infidels and kaafirs perpetrating these attacks have a lifelong, eternal punishment waiting for them in Jahannum (hellfire).

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Liberal fanatics fighting for the control of Karachi . worst than TTP

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  • Hassan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:17PM

    Tribune will mention 5 dead Balochs who were probably killed in gang warfare but they wont mention 30 dead Urdu speaking killed on their ethnicity

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  • ehsanali
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:27PM

    @Shoaib:
    Prince Agha Khan should step in and ask Kyani to intervene

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  • sam
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:32PM

    and yet blockheads support these parties … delusional people they all are, who justify anything from killing to corruption of their parties … doesnt pay taxes and thinks that everyone else is wrong and they are correct.

    DOWN will all those pathetic people.Recommend

  • Patrick
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:33PM

    @Ameen:
    Both Pakistan and India became independent at the same time so they are the same age!

    The ‘Ancient’ India you mention actually incorporated much of what is now Pakistan(ever heard of a historical event called PARTITION?). So the argument that Pakistan is failing because it is a younger state compared to India is insensible!

    Pakistan has failed because it has failed to nurture proper institutions of state (Independent judiciary,rule of law, decent education, economic growth, civilian rule and non political military).

    As far as being threatened by India is concerned, India has also felt ‘threatened’ by China and Pakistan nexus but it has not felt the need to impose military rule and hand out weapons to everyone to deal with this !

    Finally, I would point out that giving refuge to assorted criminals and gangsters in your cities (e.g. Dawood Ibrahim) can only result in more mayhem !Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:35PM

    @R S JOHAR

    essentilly Karachi has become what mumbai was in 90s

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  • :-(
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Its a bitter fact but WE ARE COWARD’s.

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  • Frank
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:55PM

    faraz
    power?

    Just like Ayub, Zia and Musharraf
    severed links with US after coming to
    power?

    Vulnerability to American pressure meant that even two men of such great talent as Ayub Khan and Pervaiz Musharraf failed. But if you haven’t noticed yet, things are very very different these days. Pakistan and America are now enemies.

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  • Ravindra
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:50PM

    pain of man in above photo is byond condolence.
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

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  • Azad
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:11PM

    We Muslims always talk about how “evil” Hindus are killing “innocent” Muslims in India.

    I don’t see routine headlines in international media going “39 Muslims killed in Mumbai bloodbath” every week.

    That honor seems to be reserved for us “pure” Muslims of Pakistan.

    In other words Muslims are safer living among “kaffir” Hindus than in the land supposedly created for them.

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  • Afaan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:12PM

    Regardless what the Damn reason is for all these deaths and killings – the Ultimate responsibility and fault Squarely lies with this government and its law enforcement and Army for not stepping in to protect its citizens for the greater good of the Nation. The citizens of Pakistan are also human and they have a right to live just like the handful of politicians do.Recommend

  • rehmat
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:29PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui:
    :”essentilly Karachi has become what mumbai was in 90s ”
    True Mumbai did have some gang wars in the 90s. But the scale cannot be compared to what happened in Karachi in July or is happening this month. Women and kids wee not being killed randomly – only the gangs were shooting each other. Pkus number and frequency of shootouts and fatalities was much much lower than Karachi.

    One more thing to note: 10% of Pakistan’s population lives in Karachi hence % of Pakistanis impacted is much higer than Mumbai where less than 2% of Indian population lives.

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  • Silent Spectator
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:11PM

    Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has dispelled the impression that the law and order situation in Karachi is out of control.”
    The minister said that maintaining law and order is the government’s responsibility and it is not failing.”
    If this is not failure of the Government, can the most knowledgeable Sharjeel Memon sahib define failure of the Government? He is either high on something or is delusional or either too clever to make such statements.
    Also how can he say that the situation is not out of control when hundreds of people are dying each month with no end to violence in sight.Recommend

  • H.A. Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:22PM

    Why is Governor Sindh in Islamabad when Karachi is burning and hurting with deaths,killings,massive economic losses. 54 deaths in last 24 hours according to one news channel!

    I guess the priorities are totally wrong.Recommend

  • My Name is Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:48PM

    @ Naeem – let’s stop kidding ourselves and comparing Pakistan to India. We lost that right. We had a great economy in the 1960s and were growing nicely. Then we had ZA Bhutto lose Bangladesh because of his gigantic ego and then we had General Zia put the nail in the coffin of our once great nation.

    We will rise again. When, I do not know. We must not chase after false idols like Imran Khan who are just terrorist sympathizers but we must find true leaders who can first put aside all the hate and lies we’ve raised ourselves on. Once we have a true, free democratic government, then we ourselves can be free to prosper.

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  • Well Wisher
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:28PM

    We truly need Marshall Law in Pakistan at this point. Innocent people are dying everyday without any cause or reason. The gangs don’t understand the meaning of life, they only care about for themselves and their political parties. People of our nation should now stand up and protest against the Government. We have the right to elect our President and each member of the congress. Our nation is meant to be equal for everyone, no race, no gender, no color discrimination. Quaid, the father of nation left us with three words “Unity, faith and discipline”. We should be following his foot-steps and take care of our own land. This is our land, we can make it a land of opportunity. Politicians will ruin our Country if stays the same. We as Pakistani needs to fight for our freedom again after 1947. Let us show some interest in Politics and lead the Country in positive direction.

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  • Complete Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2011 - 12:44AM

    I dont understand some peoples start ethnicity hate, and spread it between all of Pakistanis. Why dont these dumb head thinks that terrorist or these paid peace destroyers dont have any religion, any ethinicity thinking they are just after money to destroy peace.

    About Urdu speaking peoples, come on they are few in numbers, the fact they are educated they made karachi the central business and backbone of Pakistan. Whole Pakistan become their enemies while in Karachi Urdu speakings are dying more in numbers, and we are blaming them?….i think thats why they migrated from India by leaving all their property and relatives there for the sake of Pakistan.

    Come on Guyz, Sindh is Pakistan’s Heart, Punjab is Pakistans heartbeating, Balochistan is Pakistan’s Power, Sarhad is Pakistan’s Life….. Be United Pakistan,…

    Dont be a victim or fool made by our politicians, those are just teaching us hate between each other so then they can rule easily on us.

    Just think what our Islam teaches, All Muslims are brother regardless of cities, provinces, countries……what is our ethnic identity? nothing only Muslim!

    Start teaching your child from now on…to love whole nation, to love all cities, to love all Peoples, Insha Allah future Pakistan will be sacred of this ethnicity issues spread by our filthy politicians.

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  • faraz
    Aug 19, 2011 - 1:07AM

    @Frank

    On one hand you want to get rid of US interference, but on the other you want high defence expenditure and want to match Indian military strength, which is precisely the reason behind security based relations with US. We entered SEATO CENTO to arm against India. Similarly Musharraf entered War on Terror to save Afghan and Kashmir policy. So if you want to get rid of US influence, then normalize relations with India.

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  • Jason
    Aug 19, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Mindless violence.
    R.I.P. those who lost their lives and my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
    Hope the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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  • S e n o r M
    Aug 19, 2011 - 2:01AM

    No foreign agencies involved this time… No CIA/RAW, etc… This is purely Pakistanis killing Pakistanis on the basis of ethnicity and political affiliations…. Period (PS: It’s saddening and sickening).

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  • paki
    Aug 19, 2011 - 2:15AM

    Goosebumb as i saw the picture :’(

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  • Kamal
    Aug 19, 2011 - 2:51AM

    The only answer to this mess is Army. And we donot want to be fed with this nonsensical propaganda that this is democracy. This is not democracy. Period!

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  • adeel qadri
    Aug 19, 2011 - 3:03AM

    ppl of karachi will still vote for MQM, PPP and ANP. All three parties in Govt, and killing ordinary ppl to hold on to power in certain areas to show up their strength. and sending Message “Aman ya Jung, Or bhijwaein kia”. NRO released the criminals belonged to all three parties, now they are on full song. May Allah bless the innocent families who suffered. we cant even imagine their pain and give Hidaya to these statesmen.

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  • Naseer Ahmed
    Aug 19, 2011 - 3:56AM

    This is a clear conspiracy to pit the Baloch against the Muhajirs. The size and sophistication of these killings and how they have gone undeterred by rangers and police indicate that this is not the work of gangsters but same elements throwing similar body-bags in Balochistan. Read this post for details: http://karachitargetkilling.wordpress.com/u/

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  • D'maagh
    Aug 19, 2011 - 5:12AM

    Democracy is not the only route to a stable prosperous country. Look at Singapore or China. I don’t know why some Pakistanis are so caught up with democracy? Authoritarian regime for some time will instill peace order discipline and faith – something which the country needs. Wheere is the Army and why aren’t they taking control over these idiotic parties.

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  • Abeer Khan
    Aug 19, 2011 - 10:27PM

    God helps those who helps themselve . Karachi is’nt going to find rest until and unless the minor groups stop the man slaughter and executing each other. Political unrest is just what always prvails. Instead of lighting a spark to the fuel, one should at leat give some respect to the Holy month. But Oh, we are a nation with dillusions and lost visions overshadowingus and even if one tries to speak for justice, is iether killed or the power to speak is given in the wrong hands. May karachi be in peace again.

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