Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that some “elements” are trying to sabotage peace in Karachi under the garb of ethnic violence.
Speaking to the media on Monday, he said intelligence agencies are monitoring sensitive information received from friendly countries on the situation.
Malik told Express 24/7, that the Frontier Constabulary is on standby to begin duty in Karachi.
Search operations as death toll mounts
Police in Karachi conducted door-to-door search operation in areas affected by violence, including Malir, Express 24/7 reported.
Five more people have also been reported to be killed in different areas of Karachi, taking the death toll over the last four days to over 50.
A tortured body was found in Garden area of Karachi.
One person was shot dead by unidentified men in North Nazimabad.
Another person was killed while three were injured during a clash in Landhi area.
A man was killed in target killing incident in Ibrahim Haideri area.
Express 24/7 correspondent, Ahmed Jung reported all markets and businesses in the area were still closed. Residents said they were not confident that police would be able to provide them with security.
Police officials said a number of people had been detained and arms were also recovered from the area.
“We have identified the people and at least 200 police commandos will be dispatched to search and arrest these people,” Naeem Boroka, a senior police official, told Reuters.
Armed clashes between supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its breakaway faction the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) have been taking place in various Malir district localities since June 22.
President chairs meeting on Karachi situation
President Asif Ali Zardari is chairing a high-level meeting at Bilawal House in Karachi to review the situation in the city.
Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Home Minister Manzoor Wassan and heads of law-enforcement agencies are attending the meeting.
Sindh IG Wajid Durrani and DG Rangers have briefed the president about the security situation in Karachi.
Reports by intelligence agencies on the recent carnage in the city have also been reviewed.
‘Law and order to be maintained at all costs’
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah says law and order will be maintained at all costs.
The Sindh CM chaired a meeting on the situation in the city. Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan, Inspector General (IG) Sindh Wajid Durrani and other police officials attended the meeting.
Shah said that indiscriminate action will be taken against criminals, terrorists, miscreants and anti-state elements.
Updated from print version (below)
Violence in Karachi: At least 22 more killed in turf war
At least 22 people were shot dead in pitched gunbattles that are evolving into a fight for control of Karachi city itself.
But more than the actual killings was the fear that the firing spread, especially in Malir.
The worst affected parts were Malir, Landhi, Jaffer Tayar Society and Daud Goth. At least four rockets were fired in Daud Goth but no loss of life was reported.
Rangers Brigadier Waseem said the armed groups were using sophisticated weapons, including machine guns, assault rifles such as the AK-47 and .222 rifles.
Eleven more people in Karimabad, Sir Syed, Nabi Bux, Ghas Mandi, Liaquatabad, Baldia Town and Mobina Town were killed while over half a dozen others were wounded.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2011.