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.