800 killed in Karachi this year: HRCP

By AFP
Published: August 5, 2011
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HCRP says the violence in Karachi is the deadliest since 1995, when more than 900 killings were reported in the first half of the year. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

HCRP says the violence in Karachi is the deadliest since 1995, when more than 900 killings were reported in the first half of the year. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: Ethnic and politically linked violence in Karachi has killed 800 people so far this year, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said Friday.

“About 800 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last seven months,” Zohra Yusuf, chairwoman of the HRCP, told AFP.

The HRCP previously said 490 people were killed in the first six months of the year and on Friday that another 300 people died in July.

(Read: Violence continues in Karachi; 200 killed in July)

“The figures compiled by our staff and the death toll for the last month confirmed by the police shows the number of victims of violence was not less than 300,” Yusuf said.

The government has campaigned to end the clashes and deployed hundreds of additional police and paramilitary forces in the city, but the killings have continued with 58 people reported dead in five days alone this week.

(Read: Karachi violence: ‘Rangers, police say go get your own revenge’)

HCRP says the violence in Karachi is the deadliest since 1995, when more than 900 killings were reported in the first half of the year.

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  • Aug 5, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Allah Khair Karey!!
    there is no humanity left in these people…
    Only Allah can save Karachi from all of this..
    I held current leaders responsible for all of this..Recommend

  • Humayun
    Aug 5, 2011 - 3:58PM

    I am tempted to say that I would feel safer in a tribal area

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  • breitzer
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Its like a war region…shame to all political parties…

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  • H.A. Khan
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:25PM

    This is extremely sad.
    Is this the cost of democracy?.
    “800 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last seven months”
    Why not have a judicial inquiry into this state of affairs. And make public the report.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:29PM

    So what?

    Human lives are priceless in Pakistan.

    Even if 1600 people will be killed in one year, it will not make any difference on the Government of Pakistan.

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  • ashok sai
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:52PM

    This is what will happens with dictatorship or pseudo democracy. Its high time Pakistani civilians understand the importance robust democracy and its values. It will teach you tolerance and gives you equality, time sane civilians of Pakistan wakes up.

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  • Mohd rifaye (india )
    Aug 5, 2011 - 5:07PM

    I think pakistan was much better when it was under dictatorship. Atleast people were much safer than during democracy. Democracy should strengthen state, but here it weaken the state.As a neighbour, the main problem that i noticed is, too many people have too many power in pakistan. This weakens the system, and everyone misuse the system for their own political mileage. The only way forward to restrcuture the consituttion, and have onus of power to presdient or prime minister,and federals states should be held accountable to central governance.This will not overcome corruption ( as we see in India ), however, the system will be gradually improved, and no one claim complete power and control the system.as and when you bring independent ombudsman like anit corruption agency, you could bring down corruption drastically. The best case study was Hong kong, when british left HK, it was completely corrupted state with too many have vested interest, but they brought in various changes and improved systems and bring anti corruption agency today its ranked top nation with least corruption states.

    Any how RIP to all those victims.

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  • Aug 5, 2011 - 5:09PM

    The city of lights is more of a jungle now.

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  • edgarm
    Aug 5, 2011 - 5:27PM

    And Kashmir is a core issue for Pakistan.

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  • edgarm
    Aug 5, 2011 - 5:30PM

    And Kashmir is a core issue for Pakistan

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  • abc
    Aug 5, 2011 - 6:46PM

    4 months still to go! God help us! Ameen!

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  • My name is indian
    Aug 5, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Only kashmir is core issue for pakistan ,what about karachi.Recommend

  • thedarknight
    Aug 5, 2011 - 8:38PM

    We must take it upon ourselves to cleanse our city!Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 5, 2011 - 8:59PM

    BLUNTEY: All political parties in khi are to blame for this, every vote for them is a bullet fired

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  • Muhammad Irfan
    Aug 5, 2011 - 9:00PM

    No democracy and leader is going to refine problems like these, but the very people of Pakistan. In order to flourish a friendly atmosphere we need to accept others around us regardless of ethnic background, we have to feel a sense of responsibility, and we must abolish hate.

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  • Aug 5, 2011 - 10:41PM

    Lets change the mood of Karachiites

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  • Hari
    Aug 5, 2011 - 11:59PM

    I don’t see any explanation for this nonsense, either, the authorities are incompetent or complicit.
    With the powers and resources available , peace can be restored back in couple of days.Why are these morons letting the city burn and lives lost?

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  • Anonymous
    Aug 6, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Were we better off with india.Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 6, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Where are you mr bilawal when your nation needs you the most? Indeed democracy is the best revenge against the people of Pakistan :(

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  • Cautious
    Aug 6, 2011 - 3:29AM

    So how high does the number have to get before the government determines that the time for talking is past and the time for governing has come?

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  • Passerby
    Aug 6, 2011 - 4:17AM

    Only God can help this country now.

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  • Faheem
    Aug 6, 2011 - 5:57AM

    We don’t need any Hitler, Sharon, Saddam or Halaku Khan!

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Aug 6, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Yup, these 800 were not chickens that were slaughtered but humans. Allah wont help if we don’t help ourselves. Karachi has been the swat but we never realized it.

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  • tribute
    Aug 6, 2011 - 9:36PM

    When Musharraf was there.. things were better.. he knew how to put a lid on so many issues. Yes, he made some wrong decisions, but no one looks at his good only because of racism. ..because he’s not punjabi or pathan etc. Get rid of feudalism and mafia. If anyone wants anything good for Pakistan, understand the evil in feudalism & the mafia and learn to unite. THERE IS UNITY IN DIVERSITY! Urdu-speaking built the nation, punjabis carried the flag, pathans are our strength.. we are strong as one. The One who willed for this country to be, willed for sindis,balochis,punjabis,urdu-speaking,mahajirs,pathans,etc etc..He chose us to be a nation! We are brothers anyway, learn to love one another and feel the other’s pain. If one is hurt, the rest is damaged too! Recommend

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