Karachi violence: Death toll from target killings rises to 25

Published: July 6, 2011
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The death toll from target killings in Karachi rose to 21 on Wednesday while 25 people were  injured in various incidents of violence in the metropolitan city.

Five more bullet ridden bodies were found dumped in a mini bus in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area.

One body was recovered from Khadda market which also had bullet wounds.

The bodies have not yet been identified.

Yesterday, 11 people were gunned down in Orangi while one in Shershah, and two in the Baldia and Korangi areas of Karachi.

Orangi has been the worst hit area by violence where eight people were shot dead near Qasba Morr and over a dozen were injured.

Unidentifed men opened fire at a passenger bus in the same area which resulted in death of three people and injuring six others.

Qasba colony is still tense as firing still continues.

Another person was killed in a clash between two groups in Shershah Scrape market while six others were injured.

Two beheaded bodies were found from Baldia and Korangi areas.

Updated from print edition (below)

From Hassan Square to Orangi, the bodies pile up

The city’s hottest flashpoint, Orangi Town, flared up again on Tuesday — 10 people were shot dead and nearly 24 others were wounded.

The chief of police said that double-sawari or pillion riding would be banned. The killings are in part perpetrated in drive-by shootings.

Firing broke out shortly after men opened fire at the Awami National Party’s (ANP) Rahim Khan Swati in Qasba Colony. A spokesperson said that Swati was shot at least five times and was taken to a private hospital. Doctors say he is stable.

Orangi residents claim that dozens of armed men took up positions at the hilltops in the surrounding areas and began shooting at everyone in sight. “It’s better for us to sleep on the streets than be killed by these animals,” said a resident. “There are fewer target killings here [Orangi] and more indiscriminate firing that leaves innocent people dead.”

The indiscriminate firing left over a dozen people wounded and four of them  succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital. The rest were taken to Qatar, Abbasi Shaheed and Jinnah and Civil hospitals.

A little later, a man identified as Javed was killed in Qasba Colony No. 1.5 within the limits of the Pirabad police. An attack on a bus of route No. 60 in the same area left Gul Khan and an unidentified man dead and Tanvir, Hakim and Ismail injured.

Hina Bakery at Qalandria Chowk, Orangi Town, was also targeted, an unidentified man was shot dead and at least two others were injured. Zulfiqar Pirzada, a private television channel reporter was also shot and injured and was taken to Qatar Hospital.

Roads linking Orangi Town such as Katti Pahari, Banaras and Qasba Colony were blocked by men as were other entry and exit routes.

Orangi SP Khurram Waris told The Express Tribune that six people were killed and about 10 were injured. He claimed to have apprehended two suspects each from the ANP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and said more arrests were under way.

“It’s nothing. There is nothing to worry about,” he said complacently when he was asked about the situation. “It’s just an [ethno-linguistic] scuffle and the people who died are also [from the two ethno-linguistic groups]. A few are affiliated with political parties.”

Qasba Colony was where the violence broke out and was affected the most, he said.

He refused assistance from other town police, claiming that the Orangi Town police force could tackle it. There were reports that some houses were also set on fire but the SP denied it.

ANP Sindh spokesperson Qadir Khan told The Express Tribune that he condemned the killing of his party’s workers and demanded the government take action against the people attacking Pashto-speaking people. He said that according to initial reports, four ANP activists have been killed and at least six were injured. He said that more killings were expected and the details were being gathered. “They are picking our men off one by one,” he said. “They got on to bus No. 60 and shot people.”

According to a statement, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain also strongly condemned the Orangi violence. The statement said that the citizens of Karachi were being punished as the MQM had left the government and joined the ranks of the opposition in Sindh.

MQM leader Qamar Mansoor said that the violence had suddenly began in Hassan Square and then in Orangi Town.

Earlier, in Hassan Square, at least three people were injured when unidentified men resorted to intense firing and rioted on the road on Tuesday afternoon. The crowd burnt tyres and old furniture and blocked the Hassan Square bridge precipitating a massive traffic jam.

Separately, in Shershah, Lalu, 22, was killed and nearly half a dozen others, were injured when they were returning after burying a young man named Shakir Baloch, a shopkeeper from the market, who was found dead in Saeedabad on Monday. Police said that apparently Lyari’s gangsters had opened fire near the Shershah Pankha Hotel.

Selective pillion riding ban imposed in Karachi

Meanwhile, Sindh home department had imposed ban on pillion riding in a city for unidentified period from Wednesday. Sources said that the home department issued the notification following a request by the Capital City Police Officer, Karachi Saud Mirza to impose ban on pillion riding.

HRCP report

There is an old saying among crime reporters in Karachi. When the summer months roll around, the body count rises with the mercury. It’s something to do with tempers. And indeed, for yet another year, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) proved this point with statistics. “June was the most dangerous month in Karachi,” said its chairperson, Zohra Yusuf, at their regular briefing to the media on Tuesday.

At least 32 people died in just three days as a result of the brawl between the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), said Yusuf.

“The problem lies with law and order and the fact that public opinion often overpowers court decisions,” she explained.

Of the 1,138 people who died this year, 490 were targeted. The MQM sustained the highest casualties: 77 activists. The ANP comes in at a distant second with 29 dead and the Pakistan Peoples Party lost 26 men.

Among those targeted and killed, 250 were not affiliated with political parties, 184 were political activists and 19 were members of religious parties. Fifty-six of the killings were based on ethnicity.

“Lyari has been handed over to gangs who fight over turf and power and who also hold political patronage,” she said. “The Rangers have been sent in for clean-up operations but have not been effective. Interior Minister Rehman Malik says that the situation will be controlled very soon but nothing has changed.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (43)

  • Salman
    Jul 5, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Government started playing the dirty game to postponed Kashmir elections in Karachi.Recommend

  • Someone
    Jul 5, 2011 - 7:06PM

    Yes, yes…….just keep killing each other. What’s the aim of this futile exercise? Is it to lower Pakistan’s population? Am afraid that ain’t a good tactic. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 5, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Is this one of the Wazirisitan situations where the army will only step in when and if it suits them? Recommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Jul 5, 2011 - 8:48PM

    There is no respect of human life in the land of pure. Recommend

  • Safir afkhan.
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:10PM

    its getting worst than lebanon i hope notRecommend

  • dr. sad
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:18PM

    the show must go on for some parties who have no fear of AllahRecommend

  • Samir
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Welcome to Pakistan – Land of the Pure. Purely foolish and a land where we have lost our value for life. These poor people are now just statistics. But clearly, this is the work of foreign elements. We must continue to blame others. Everyone in Pakistan is perfect.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Isn’t Islam supposed to unite you all into a division-less society ?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:50PM

    This beautiful city, which i have visited on various occasions in 70s has become an Urban Jungle!!!
    The people in charge are simply out of their depth and the rest are just hiding or watching this havoc and mayhem on their streets !!!
    Why don’t they just step out and deal with the culprits????
    Where are all those Ghariat brigade members ? When its in the interest of the very people who live and work in the city, whose lives are at risk, it seems no one wants to raise any voices or take any actions !!! Just prepared to conduct the Body count daily!!!!
    So much for all the braveness BS !!!!Recommend

  • Rock
    Jul 5, 2011 - 10:12PM

    Can someone explain me the picture? 1 taxi,1 private car, 1bike are moving in opposite direction of same lane. Why? There is something like broken chair on the road. While most of the vehicles are stopped this motorbike rider in the front is moving away carelessly from the crime scene unlike the other bike rider. Recommend

    Jul 5, 2011 - 11:27PM

    This is the price which Pakistan is paying after becoming an Islamic state. What these fanatics dont realise that there is only one God or Allah and He created many religions to co-exist and Islam is one of them. So in other words God is secular, therefore any state based on religion and its people indulging in hatred amongst its own religion and others is bound to fail and perish one day.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Like the pillion riding ban would help, deweaponize the city already. I mean everywhere.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:01AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    Care to explain what on earth these killings have to do with Pakistan being an Islamic or secular state?

    Apparently, every comment that contains keywords “Pakistan Islamic State” get lots of votes here on Tribune.Recommend

  • patriotic
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @ safir khan.. Lebanon.. mate weve crossed that.. we can now be compared to iraq, afghanistan and somalia.. even the bingos (bangladesh) have more peace and stability than we can ever imagine. there only tension is floods.. cyclone and of course Mutchi Chawul!Recommend

  • anonymous
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:29AM

    this is a drama..a full game, played into Karachi. Both MQM and ANP top leadership will never be harmed, while people will die so that anarchy keeps prevailing in the city and economy goes all the way down. This is a complete plan, known by the top leaders of both parties, and they will continue to follow it on foreign directives!!Recommend

  • Observer from London
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:36AM

    Karachi city is under siege from murderers of one ethnic party. This is the reality. Unless the law enforcement agencies take bold steps and apprehend these thugs the peace will never return. Frankly one ethnic party is just like a curse on the citizens.Recommend

  • General Fix it
    Jul 6, 2011 - 9:14AM

    This nonsense is totally unacceptable. Is the Army, police or rangers so impotent?
    This is one big example of the failure of the government and shall go down in history as the bloodiest time for the common Pakistani citizen when its very own government made them totally unsafe and insecure while the useless law enforcement goes unchecked.
    This warrants a serious investigation and it smells Fishy!!
    Wonder why all these political parties are sitting like lame ducks and not passing a vote of no confidence on the incompetence and demanding accountability? Recommend

  • Salman
    Jul 6, 2011 - 10:23AM

    @ Observer from London: Your view is very simplistic. Things are much more complex here in Karachi. You are not naming the party, keeping the tradition of Pakistanis to be short on essential details, but surely you mean that MQM is responsible for all the mayhem. The days of 80s and 90s when MQM was known for murders, ‘bhatta,’ and kidnappings are passe here. There are other players who have surpassed MQM in high-handedness. Look at it this way, in KPK where ANP is the ruling party and MQM has no presence, there is no security for life and limb. In Balochistan where MQM has no role things are worse. Leave that, just go a few miles outside of Karachi and Hyderabad, in interior Sindh lawlessness is at its’ height. Murders, kidnapping for ransom, car and mobile phone snatching, robberies, burglaries, are at peak, and it is impossible to conduct business in interior Sindh. Punjab is a tad little better than Sindh. You probably mean well, but I will suggest that you go a little more deep to analyze the situation and you will find the situation much more complex than one party being responsible for all the problems. Recommend

  • Ray of Hope
    Jul 6, 2011 - 11:19AM

    We can only pray to Allah, because no Rehman Malik, no CM, no police and no rangers, can control this violence, because the fact is that it is the pre-planned to create havoc and panic in Karachi. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jul 6, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Leave the Khyber Agency, send the army into Orangi town and conduct an operation. The Police and Rangers are useless. This is similar to what happened in Rio De Janeiro sometime back, the army went into the slums and flushed out all the negative elements from there. Losses were high on both sides, but it ended in bringing the situation under control.Recommend

  • PRAY
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:11PM

    feel sad why this going on
    hope the killers soul will be sad also
    hope god kill them slowly slowly in remorse
    remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by a person after he has committed an act which they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or violentRecommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Muslim KILLING Muslim!!!!!!
    Where are the MULLAHS???????
    Where are the FATWAS????????
    Where are the Protestors??????Recommend

  • Ravindra
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:21PM

    who is killing who ? for last 6-7 months iam following tribunre but didnt get what exactly is problem is.
    Can anyone inform me plz.


  • Naveeda Shaikh
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:22PM

    The Karachi. It even fears me today. Now I think to blame whom to blame. Political parties or their agendas of elections either those people who work for their fallacious ideologies or those people who are deceived by super-comprehensive words. I don’t understand it today. All I gather is what can we do. I usually do not scroll the page of Violence-In-Karachi because there is nothing to do than crying over split milk.

    Hoping the restoration of peace. Recommend

  • H
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:58PM

    it must be renewal time for the rangers contracts. simple. once the 3 month extension is done, it will all end.Recommend

    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Lots of killings in Karachi have occured due to sectarian clashes and rest because of political rivalries as well as other causes. Whole of Pakistan is engulfed in violence since Pakistan declared itself as an Islamic state and from post Zia era situation changed from bad to worse and biggest sufferers were minorities, Ahmediya and Shia communities. Taleban decided to outdo all sects by their intent to enforce sharia through violent means and whole of Pakistan is effected by the same. All this would have never happened if Pakistan had opted to become a secular state like Bangla-Desh, Turkey, India etc. Please donot quote Godhra which is a one time abberation and same not re-occured since 2003.Recommend

  • Jul 6, 2011 - 1:02PM

    The Liberal Facists and Secular Zealots are killing each other in the ‘City of Lights’ and spreading their darkness of secularism. We have to extradite these Progressive fanatics, belonged to ‘Liberal’ parties from our society. In the name of ethnicity, culture and langugae, innocent have been killed daily on the roads of Karachi. Is there any moderate ‘NGO’ members or ‘Liberals’ to write and investigate the reasons of this Blood shed? Is there any ‘Human Rights activist’ to inform the nation which ‘ideaology’ is behind this massacre? Which ‘Madrassa’ (or Unit or Sector office most probably) has cultivated the crops of these terrorists? The ‘Secular’ model of Karachi is a black spot on the face of Humanity. Recommend

  • Furqan
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    It is, but hardly anyone in this country follows ISLAM properly, that is the reason why this is happening. Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Very strange. No one commented its a Universal conspiracy by starwars, batman, CIA, RAW, jews.Recommend

  • RealityCheck
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @R S JOHAR:
    So you think that is the only reason for this… hmm lets see in past 3 years Mexico have lost over 35,000 people. So that must be because they are a Catholic Christian State. If NO, then spare the stupidity and point the real reasons which are not related to religion at all. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 6, 2011 - 2:06PM

    The problem in today’s Pakistan is that no one has the will to act or correct any situation.
    They have simply become spectators, and resigned to the fact that they have a Govt and Army who are incaoable of providing its people with any form of Safety or Security !!!
    These problems will not just disappear, but sadly will mushroom, and all the while people will keep watching them arise!!!Recommend

  • AAC
    Jul 6, 2011 - 2:08PM

    This is bound to happen when racist parties are allowed to participate in politics. Mere chane of party name does not change the racist background.
    The Prophet (PBUH) gathered the people from different races and backgrounds under the banner of Islam. These parties are just playing the opposite role.Recommend

  • Quran Lover
    Jul 6, 2011 - 2:28PM

    Please read Surah Hujuraat in Quran as to what should be done in such a situation when muslims are killing each other if you are really interested in the solution. If you just posted to ridicule mullahs and islam then may God guide you to the right path.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:35PM

    All departments of Police, IB, ISI and MI Know who are behind these killings. It is strange and scary to note that no one cares to take any “Final Action” against these barbarians. Are we heading towards “No Return”??????Recommend

  • saeed
    Jul 6, 2011 - 6:18PM

    City of lights has become city of death…I am one of the millions of karachitie who love there city…this city is mini pakistan becuase you find all the ethinicites and cultures of pakistan in this city..but now becuase of ANP and MQM trying to take over the city only we normal people are suffering…the city has become like a jungle where bigger and stornger animal is eating the weaker one…no goverment no police no law and order…atleast our fellow citizens in lahore..pinid and all other cities are living peacefully then us…shame on this goverment shame on ANP shame on MQM…Recommend

  • Safir afkhan.
    Jul 6, 2011 - 7:11PM

    Orangi town look like chobhat pati of bombay.Recommend

    Jul 6, 2011 - 8:06PM

    You have point there but killings in Mexico are due to drug mafia which are un-related to religious extremism. Drug mafia killings can still be controlled but not rising religious extremism and moreover Mexico is not considered as a failed state. Pakistan has still not disintegerated because of its army which is still respected as well as feared by its people and functioning as a cohesive institution so far. But unfortunately, this institution has also been inflirtated and influenced by Taleban and some religious organisations who are bent upon enforcing sharia on whole of Pakistan which is a big worry not only for its people but the whole world including India. Recommend

  • ajmal
    Jul 6, 2011 - 9:09PM

    There are three dons, Altaf Bhai, Shahi Sayyed and Zulfiqar Mirza. Each one of these is trying to get hold of karach at the cost of poor labourers. and ironically all three are in power and have the law in their hands. So as long as these three are there, there is gonna be no peace in karachi.Recommend

  • Jul 7, 2011 - 10:54AM

    I feel there are many elements involved in it. We can’t pin point ANP or MQM for all this killing. If they’re playing this whole game, then why the hell so called Government or specially RANGERs intervene them. Why CDGK is paying high amounts of money to Rangers. If they’re unable to protect us, then told them, we don’t require them.Recommend

  • Zain
    Jul 7, 2011 - 11:57AM

    It is also Imp to note the crime statistics in all major cities of the world, and to those who have travelled much would know how much crime takes place in the best of cities of the world, even more than of Khi, and how the media even though they cover it in detail, but do not sensationalize and usually always down play it, as they realize that by sensationalizing it, they will definitely negatively affect the economy of that city, and affect the mood of local and foreign investment in the city, which will hurt employees. Recommend

  • Wasted
    Jul 8, 2011 - 11:06AM

    The Rangers have proved to be an insult to Pakistan and its helpless citizens by being so useless. What a waste of the country’s resources!
    They are a burden on Pakistan’s resources as they are so ineffective while people are being shot dead. This kind of stuff has a smell of Nazi Germany.Recommend

  • khan
    Jul 9, 2011 - 11:19AM

    all the forces of the available in the affected area are looking to be useless and only burden on the economic of the Pakistan.


  • khan
    Jul 9, 2011 - 11:25AM

    The killing of innocent people of Karachi, in my opinion that only involvement of political parties of Pakistan, also forces deployed at Karachi seems to be burden on the economic of Pakistan.


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