Target killing statistics: MQM hardest hit, ANP close behind

Published: December 12, 2010

HRCP reveals data on killings in the city; numbers more than double in comparison to last year.

KARACHI: Activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have been targeted the most in politically-motivated target killings so far, according to statistics released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on target killings in Karachi.

A staggering 218 people were targeted and killed on political grounds and out of them, 61 belonged to the MQM, 40 to the Awami National Party, 39 were activists of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) and 29 belonged to the Pakistan Peoples Party.

The increase in the number of killings is appalling. In HRCP’s 2009 report, the total number of killings was 747, while the number of target killings in Karachi totalled 291.

However, in the first 11 months of this year, the total number of killings in the metropolis stands at 1,860 including 711 target killings. Out of the 711 murders, 218 were politically motivated while 283 were non-political in nature.

The worst months — in which the number of political and non-political target killings was the highest — were July and October, according to the data.

The HRCP assistant coordinator, Abdul Hai, said the increase in crime and terrorism in the city is because of the Taliban. “The Taliban want to derail the Pakistan government and so they are attacking every aspect in our society that can become a centrifugal force, like sectarian and ethnic violence,” he said.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the police’s performance, Hai said that it is the most corrupt department in the city and it had failed miserably at maintaining law and order in the business hub of the country. As a solution to the problem, he said, “Giving employment to over 500,000 people would help eliminate corruption and also curb terrorism, crime and domestic violence.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2010.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Dec 12, 2010 - 10:57PM

    This report which is issued by a third party source confirmes MQM’s claim that their innocent workers hit most in target killings and that Taliban is behind increasing lawlessness in the Economic capital of pakistan . Recommend

  • Dr.Syed Mehboob
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:31PM

    All those parties who claim that their workers are targeted, are part of coalition on government. They are responsible to protect the lives and honour the people. If PPP, MQM and ANP sit together and remove their differences this problem could be resolve easily. The most affected segment of society is common people and due to bad law and order situation thousands of people have lost their jobs. Traders are also badly affected. This is the high time that government and political parties should take initiative to resolve this problem. If Taliban are behind this heinous crime why government failed to arrest them and get punished from courts. Those who were arrested and were allegedly involved in traders killing at Shersha incident they were released by court. In this era of technology it should not be difficult for government to produce fool proof and sound proves against culprits.Recommend

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