KARACHI: On the sixth consecutive day, the Kutchi community had evacuated nearly half of their areas following five more deaths and several injuries. Several houses were also damaged in attacks with rockets and grenades.
Tensions escalated when several Kutchi men and women tried to take the body of a deceased to the Sindh Chief Minister House. Besides Mauripur Road, several protests were also held in other parts of city by the Kutchi community.
Insiders have reason to believe that access to Mauripur Road, which heads directly to the port, is the reason why violence continues unabated. “Gangsters collected weapons after looting Nato containers in the past,” alleged Hussain Kutchi, a community leader.
The Kutchi community was reluctant to provide this easy access to Mauripur Road because they feared they will lose their areas, he added.
The Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) denies these allegations and blame a ‘third force’. “We own Lyari. How can we disturb our own neighbourhood?” said PAC leader Zafar Baloch.
Law enforcers say the situation would have stayed in control had political parties withdrawn their backing.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2013.
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