Karachi violence: 15 killed, Army offers assistance

Published: August 21, 2011

Army believes situation can be improved if law-enforcement agencies are properly deployed: Sources. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

Army believes situation can be improved if law-enforcement agencies are properly deployed: Sources. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS Army believes situation can be improved if law-enforcement agencies are properly deployed: Sources. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: Nine people have been killed in incidents of violence in Karachi on Sunday, bringing the overall death toll from last night to at least 15.

One person was shot dead near Qatar Mor in Orangi Town – he was identified by police as a cobbler.

One rickshaw driver was shot dead in Pak Colony near Bismillah Hotel.

A beheaded body was found  at Machar Colony near Liyari river. The body was later shifted to Civil Hospital. A body was also found dumped in a sack in Pak Colony. Police have identified the individual as, Rizwan who was abducted from Garden area yesterday.

Additionally, two bodies were uncovered in a sack under the Pak Colony bridge, one body was found from Teen Hatti, and two were found from Chanesar Goth.

Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung reported that bodies of two people tortured to death were found in the Orangi area. The police have identified the bodies.

He added that the operation conducted by police in various areas is not very effective as the police and the Rangers are still avoiding going to no-go areas which have been badly stricken by violence.

An official at the Orangi Town Police Station said that the deceased were identified as 20-year-old Zishan Baig alias Anni son of Abdul Sattar and 25-year-old Faisal Shezad s/o Abdul Qadeer.

The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Both victims were residents of Qasba Colony, police said.

Police have registered FIR no. 288/2011 under section 302/34 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and started probe.

Army offers to help

The Army has offered its assistance in restoring peace in the city, reported Express 24/7.

Sources say that the military leadership offered its help to bring peace back in Karachi asserting that it will not interfere in the matter unless the government asks for it.

The Army also praised the federal and provincial governments for taking effective steps to control violence in the city.

The sources said that the Army believes the situation can be improved if Rangers and other law-enforcement forces are properly deployed in Karachi.

Talking to Express 24/7, Political Analyst Hassan Askari said that the government has not yet made up its mind about Army deployment in the city. He added that even if the Army is called in, it will still be a tough situation to control the violence as people of all ethnicities are involved, and their respective political parties will speak up each time anyone gets arrested.

Religious scholars demand army to take control

Religious scholars from different schools of thought have demanded army to take control in Karachi and restore peace in the city, Express 24/7 reported on Sunday.

Holding a press conference in Karachi, prominent religious scholars Mufti Taqi Usmani, Mufti Naeem, and other scholars said the police and rangers have miserably failed to maintain peace in the city.

They said the silence of the ruling class over Karachi situation is a matter of concern for everyone.

They also demanded compensation for the victims of target killings.

They also vowed to initiate dialogue with MQM, PPP and ANP in an effort to restore peace in the city.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Nasrat Baloch
    Aug 21, 2011 - 1:44PM

    It is now crystal clear that here, in this country Mafias reign; no one dares to even name them . from 1986 (Bushra Insari) till now who is doing what every one knows it – be it the agencies, Political Parties, Lawyers, Judges, Media(the azaad media!) everyone here knows who is doing what but. “Might is right” So leave it to Almighty Allah.

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  • JJ
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Thanks to PAK ARMY we need you.

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  • Good Human
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Pakistan people and pakistan government has to stop sending troops to Bahrain. if you kill others your home will be also destroyed. save others and you will be saved.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194995.html

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  • Aamir
    Aug 21, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Mafias owned and hired by political parties are having fun in Karachi. They are testing their weapons and showing Mr. Rehman Malik how good his ministry is.

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Army has praised Federal and Provincial governments for curbing violence in Karachi. Now this is real non sense.

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  • Karachi
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:40PM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    yes keep praying and praying, that what we are doing since 1947

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  • Karachi
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Our politicians wont let army to come in Karachi. they will let people of Karachi die but they wont let army in because it is against thier so called democracy

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  • zak
    Aug 21, 2011 - 5:49PM

    There is no time ! Innocent people are being killed and Pak Army needs to treat it as a national security issue and proact rather than react. The disgusting thing is that the killers are sadistic and are inflicting torture and pain on apparently innocent people. I shiver when i think of the torture being inflicted to innocent people and their helpless reactions.

    May God guide us and give us foresight to see our own future !

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 5:58PM

    i am very afraid and a wave of concern create in my mind which made me totally unrest,when I see our interior minister and read his statements recently being published in the newspapers.
    one news paper published a news,according to it he says “qualitative change” in the law and order situation over the next few days and assured industrialists that things would start improving by the time he would visit Karachi again next week.

    many time such promises has been made but there is no change in the circumstances,on the contrary situation converted into grave concern for common man,joblessness,increasing target killing,gang war,spree,indiscriminate shooting and use of sophisticated weapons has increased reservations regarding country security and integrity.

    Some concerned quarters openly leveling allegations against the provincial and the central government by saying they are failed to save citizens lives by their mismanagement and wrong policies which are not suitable to the existing circumstances.

    It is very interesting and hopeful,our army chief of staff speak up on the situation,he
    said the police and paramilitary would, if properly deployed, be able to stem the unrest,
    he further stated that”Karachi is the jugular vein of country’s economy and it will be great injustice if the deteriorating law and order situation is allowed to continue for longer period.

    When we consider it deeply,then come to the conclusion that gross mistakes has been made by the government, before rangers operation should have advisory meeting with experts such as army generals who know how to deal with civil war or internal unrest.

    The chief of army staff said that, the army was “ready, if the government called on it to control the situation in Karachi.

    |For the safety of the country, present government should call the army to avoiding more national loss.I mean lives and property.

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  • Mee
    Aug 21, 2011 - 7:46PM

    @Good Human
    If your theory was correct then US and all of its NATO allies should be ashes by now.

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  • abrar
    Aug 21, 2011 - 7:47PM

    karachi is a ;punching bag’ for the fake ‘qabza group’ conroliing the country.Be it PPP,MQM,ANP or the ‘establishment..they are destroying this city for their own agendas.

    when the military communique “praised the federal and provincial governments for taking effective steps to control violence in the city”. This anouncement is an insult to the innocent people of this city, caught up in the endless and vicious barbarity by thugs and assasins.

    Karachi personifies whats wrong with the rule of those controlling Pakistan..

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  • biryani
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:09PM

    army wants to clean up mess… like they did in fata…….. in karachi 10s die everyday… in fata 100s die everyday…..

    seems generals see this as an opportunity to make good money from real state in karachi… there aren’t enough askaris and DHAs in karachi…

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  • positive pakistani
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:33PM

    I support the idea of religious scholars speaking out…..as they do it very rarely when this all is happening…..while you’d always see them ready to do anything when it comes to USA-India-Bashing…….(it doesn’t apply for respectful Mufti Taqi Usmani, but for most of others)

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  • MH
    Aug 21, 2011 - 8:46PM

    what i don’t get is: why is the govt dragging its feet on calling in the army? I mean how many more dead bodies do you need before you set your own ego aside and admit that you need help?

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  • Vicram Singh
    Aug 21, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Hypothetical question – what if the Army is called in and yet, the killings continue ? What next ? Political solution is the only way out.

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  • mohammad aslam
    Aug 21, 2011 - 10:22PM

    why are we seeking the results of karachi situation ..we should sleep until the 20 million people of karachi dies …..its not my desire but seems that government is thinking in this way…..because every body knows that who is behind the killing of innocent citizens government should take them out and kill on the spot as they kill the people of karachi….seems illigal but only the solution…belive me ..

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 10:31PM

    Army offers assistance but they will not. Rangers are there but no use. Ministers are there but useless. Nuclear weapons not useful. Mullahs are there but provoke more bloodshed. Educated people are there but hiding. Imran Khan protests only against drone strikes but not internal killings. Oh Pakistan, what is the disease your are suffering from.

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  • Aug 21, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Army offers assistance but they will not. Rangers are there but no use. Ministers are there but useless. Nuclear weapons not useful. Mullahs are there but provoke more bloodshed. Educated people are there but hiding. Imran Khan protests only against drone strikes but not internal killings. Oh Pakistan, what is the disease your are suffering from.

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  • EMP_Pulse
    Aug 22, 2011 - 1:07AM

    @Good Human:
    Why would they stop? Pakistanis are little more than cannon fodder for Arabs.

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  • kala_bacha
    Aug 22, 2011 - 1:28AM

    If Pakistan army still “considering” to offer help, let ask our neighboring countries forces or UN peace keepers to help Karachi out!

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  • Zavia
    Aug 22, 2011 - 1:42AM

    We Need ARMY.

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  • Mia
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Forget the corrupt and nonsensical political leaders. Army should step in now. No need to take any political leaders permission. . . . these political leader are out of touch with this reality and trauma and torture the nation is facing and they are incapable of making rational decisions. The nation is spiralling down hill rapidly and for the Army to wait is asking for more trouble.
    Welcome army!!

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  • AFR
    Aug 22, 2011 - 3:27AM

    Every body show the interest in Karachi and want to gain from Karachi and want to eat from Karachi and above all want to loot from Karachi but a few care for Karachi honestly and practically. The mini Pakistan slogan for Karachi has been the Money Making Machine but a few own Karachi practically for its progress and development. Anti Karachi forces are now opposing and punishing MQM because it built and developed Karachi without corruption at the fastest pace in the history of Pakistan. Now people have last hope in our Pak Army to save Karachi from further looting and destruction. If you love Karachi, show it with your progressive actions, not by the fooling speeches/statements.

    May God bless Karachi & Pakistan.

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  • Army Fan
    Aug 22, 2011 - 4:05AM

    Send Army in Islamabad too, Peace will come to Karachi itself.

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  • SJ
    Aug 22, 2011 - 5:22AM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    It was Bushra Zaidi in 1985. But these issues are much older than that. Shia Sunni, Pathan Mohajir problems were there before 1985.

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  • NFAK
    Aug 22, 2011 - 8:15AM

    @Mee:
    but nothing is happenng to US and NATO, but pakistan is burning.

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  • Gumby
    Aug 22, 2011 - 9:02AM

    Pak Army needs to act now and not when more people are slaughtered by this dictatorship. This is not democracy at all. It is absolutely, positively dictatorship now turned into Anarchy.
    If Army does not show up now, then all the citizens will have to arm themselves for their protection otherwise they will be killed and mutilated by the criminals controlling the city. Army General should not be waiting for any permission from any body when Karachi is under the control of criminals supported and funded by Pakistan’s enemies and ill wishers and that includes the politicians. May be the Army should arm the civillian population while the Army is taking its time and thinking of “To be or not to be” . . . . .

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  • sars
    Aug 22, 2011 - 11:21AM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    bushra zaidi surely

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  • sdk
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:12PM

    Solve your problems without the use of army. People have given bigger sacrifices to mature into a self governing proud nation. But I guess that is too much to ask from a synthetic nation that we are.Recommend

  • Zulfi
    Aug 23, 2011 - 12:49PM

    @sdk – dont worry about Pakistan, we know you Indians do not like our Army and would like to see the destruction to continue . . .

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  • Aug 24, 2011 - 3:47AM

    More deaths,killing of innocent people, needs anxious consideration of the rulers of the time but they are still debating on the option.Time is rubbing out with increasing of untimely deaths of civilians.

    it is an admitted fact that present set up has failed to control the situation,now should change the view and adopt an other option,there is one option remained that is military one.

    I am very afraid on this,ruling Junta is not in mood to call the army in,notwithstanding the fact that there is no legal or constitutional hurdle in the way.

    What is being said on this point by the legal experts. vide the statement of former president of the supreme court bar association.

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  • sdk
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:50AM

    @Zulfi: How easy it is for you to label dissent as ‘Indian’. My heart bleeds just like you.

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