28 dead in Karachi violence, polling closes

Published: October 17, 2010
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Rangers and police officers are patrolling the streets of Karachi. PHOTO:ATHAR KHAN

Rangers and police officers are patrolling the streets of Karachi. PHOTO:ATHAR KHAN

Rangers and police officers are patrolling the streets of Karachi. PHOTO:ATHAR KHAN A man was shot dead in Korangi in the latest incident of killings bringing the death toll since Friday to 26. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS
KARACHI: 

Tension prevails in Karachi, as at least 28 people have been killed in latest incidents of violence as of today (Sunday). This comes as ANP has officially announced to boycott the by-polls for the PS-94 Karachi seat. Dozens of others have been injured in the recent spate of shooting.

Two bodies were found from Lee Market and one from Kalry area of Lyari this morning. In Baldia town, five people in a hotel were gunned down when unidentified men opened fire on them. Another young man was also killed in the same locality. Another three people were shot dead in Garden area. A man was killed by firing in Banaras, while six people were killed in different areas of Orangi town and more than 20 were injured.

CCPO Karachi Fayaz Leghari has said three people have been arrested with regard to the violence. Taking note of the recent target killings, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed DG Rangers to improve security. He has ordered the rangers to patrol sensitive areas and take action without any discrimination. He has also appealed to political leaders to be patient and cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

Polling comes to an end

Polling has ended for by-elections in PS-94 Karachi, amid tight security arrangements. There was a high turnout for the by-polls despite the prevailing security situation. The seat was left vacant after the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider.

MQM candidate for PS-94 is Saifuddin Khalid has expressed confidence that he will win the seat. His main opponent ANP’s candidate Pir Riaz Gull has boycotted the polls. Eighty six polling stations have been set up for the by-elections and 22 have been declared sensitive.

Updated from print edition below.

Nine lives lost in firing incidents

On the eve of one of the most tension-filled by-polls in the city’s history, the city was once again in the grip of violence.

At least nine people were shot dead in incidents of targeted killings on Saturday night in different localities of the city.

Motorcycle riders were involved in all of the firing incidents.

Five people, who were sitting outside their homes following a power cut, were shot dead in Rasheedabad in Baldia Town.

SHO Rao Khalid said the victims belonged to the Pakhtun and Hazara communities. He said that policemen were also targeted when they tried to take the corpses to hospital. The deceased were identified as Mohammad Bashir, 40, son of Qasim, Kashif, 17, son of Safdar, Saif, 20, son of Khalil, Akbar, 70, son of Maqmal Khan and Fayyaz, 30, son of Misal Khan.

Separately, two corpses were found in the Ramswami area of Garden East. Officials said four people had been injured in the firing here.

Two more corpses were found from Pak Colony and another man was injured near Dhobi Ghat. The victims were later identified as Rashid and Atif.

Today (Sunday) will see by-elections in PS94 (Orangi Town) – an area hotly contested between the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

EARLIER STORY BELOW

Five men found shot dead

Just a day before an election face-off between the city’s two main political parties, five more people were found shot dead on Saturday.

Two bodies were found within the limits of the Nazimabad police station early Saturday morning. According to the police, the bodies of 28-year-old Shaukat Baloch and 25-year-old Salman Baloch were found at a garbage-dumping site near the inquiry office in Nazimabad No. 2. The police said that the men had been shot dead and their arms and legs had been tied up. The bodies were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities, while a case has yet to be registered against the suspects.

Peoples Peace Committee spokesperson Zafar Baloch said that the victims were supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party and had been abducted from work in Garden. Both men were residents of Lyari.

A 30-year-old man, identified as Irfan Shaikh, was found dead in Korangi Town within the limits of the Zaman Town police station. The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem, and a case has yet to be registered.

SHO Asif Shah said that Shaikh’s bullet-riddled body was found in the bushes near a graveyard in Korangi Town. The victim was a resident of Chanesar Goth near Mahmoodabad and initial investigations suggest that he belonged to a criminal gang, said Shah.

In another incident, a 34-year-old man, identified as Muhammad Saleem, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Khamosh Colony, Nazimabad. Two men, identified as Anar Khan and Kabir, were also injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man, identified as Bukht Ali, was killed while 40-year-old truck driver Hazoor Bux was injured when three unidentified men opened fire at a truck on the Northern Bypass near the Afghan Morr, Gadap Town within the limits of the Gulshan-e-Maymar police station. The body and the injured man were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, while the police have registered an FIR against the suspects.

SHO Amanullah Marwat said that the men were on their way back to the city after unloading goats near the Afghan refugee camp when they were attacked. The motive behind the incident is believed to be a personal enmity. The men hailed from Sadiqabad, Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Oct 16, 2010 - 9:47PM

    Warning from Shahi Syed
    Syed added that ANP will be observing a black day tomorrow and requested the people to stay home to ensure peace in the city.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/63498/anp-boycotts-by-polls-for-ps-94/#comment-77869Recommend

  • Jameel
    Oct 17, 2010 - 9:35AM

    God. Is this what you call democracy ? Each election eats up the lives of several young man.

    The so called intellectuals keep telling us that we should trust these political parties to run our affairs when these political parties can not even participate in elections peacefully.Recommend

  • Karachi Wala
    Oct 17, 2010 - 11:07AM

    Some people want to make Karachi into KABUL and some want it to become like MUMBAI….We the people of karachi will not tolerate that as we Karachiites are Pakistanis…Recommend

  • Faisal
    Oct 17, 2010 - 2:16PM

    Unfortunately they will never take teh responsibiliity, this is the true face of our democracy. Why do we need it at all if it can’t even give us peace, is this the price the people of this country will have to pay for democracy ? Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 2:17PM

    Well said Karachi Wala. This blogger 100 % agrees with you. We will not allow the ANP to make this a ‘drug city’ and a freehold for criminals and qabza mafia.

    If the government of the day cannot control the breakdown of law and order, then resign with honor, if any is left. To me disturbances are being deliberately created.

    Salams and best wishes for the future. Recommend

  • Erfan Aziz
    Oct 17, 2010 - 2:52PM

    Democracy is the best school for a civilized nation, but the school fee is too high.Recommend

  • Imran Khan
    Oct 17, 2010 - 3:10PM

    okay, MQM allows pillion riding, then most of the killing is done by people on motorcycles, and then the police says most of the victims were Pakhtuns and Hazaras, errr? exactly what part of this whole sequence implicates the ANP and exonerates the MQM? Recommend

  • Shah
    Oct 17, 2010 - 4:21PM

    Just a day before an election face-off between the city’s two main political parties, five more people were found shot dead on Saturday.

    Do you know what are u are talking about when you say the above quoted text? ANP doesn’t count as they do not have the voters to compete against MQM.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 17, 2010 - 4:27PM

    exactly @Imran Khan.
    The vast majority of those killed are poor Pukhtuns who have escaped the Taliban and are killed by dirty killers on motorcycles.
    Time for another OPERATION in Karachi to clean the city up. Enough is enough. We need a Swat like military operation.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 17, 2010 - 4:27PM

    @Karachi Wala…..hasn’t Karachi already become a Kabul? If not, it is close to being one. Recommend

  • Asrar Ahmed
    Oct 17, 2010 - 6:25PM

    Ask any expat who works/travels both in Kabul and Karachi; the verdict will be Kabul is safer from personal security point of view.Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 7:54PM

    Who can justify the killing of over 22 citizens of Pakistan just to hold a by-election in a manner acceptable to any single party, even if that is the MQM. This is criminal on the part of Sind Government and its Home Minister. The Army should have been called. Recommend

  • DoYa Homework
    Oct 17, 2010 - 8:25PM

    @Imran Khan…..You think Zulfiqar Mirza, the man who allowed pillion riding, is from MQM ??
    Please go back to your video games and antaksharies, buddy =)Recommend

  • sharik khan
    Oct 17, 2010 - 9:36PM

    i can only pray…..Recommend

  • Hassan
    Oct 17, 2010 - 11:33PM

    As always MQM is innocent and everyone else is guilty…….Recommend

  • Oct 18, 2010 - 1:12AM

    the coloniers shoull come as saviour with their ‘white man burden slogan’ . please come exploit our naural resourses and do for our infrasructure and nad make us familiar wth humanity. what v r doing here? whr is humanity , our mere sentiments the tool of our politians , my request to every pakistani is please put aside the emotions , keep ur head at work. what kinds of dramas are going overthere in this country?Recommend

  • Oct 18, 2010 - 1:19AM

    i must say this that ANP is one among the political parties of the country whch are very much committed to their ideology, which is seldom case here.it is a non violent party, it is a solution of the talibans. one who opposes ANP means he is supporting the talibans.for a seat ANP nevers likes to get his workers killed, usually most of the parties dont do here.Recommend

  • Syed
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:47AM

    @ Imran Khan !
    SirG What exonerates MQM from this is the fact that this is MQMs constituency, in last election MQM got above 80,000 votes while ANP got close to 1000. Who would benefit from it you yourself can see,
    And also any idiot can see who is the interior minister, and which party he belongs to, just to frame MQM you blindly follow the policy of All things evil must be MQM, and noneother!Recommend

  • naqvi
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:26AM

    I read all the comments and I my self felt ashamed that before it was assumed that those people who could read and write English were consider sensible and knowledgeable. Most of the above remarks shows that unfortunately they have no idea what’s going on? They are saying what so called political leaders are deliberating. WHO EVER DIED WAS HUMAN ! Someone’s loved one, a family’s only bread winner. According to Ummat (newspaper renown for anti MQM ) mostly Urdu speaking were killed. Unfortunately, nobody was charged and neither did anyone show any sympathy for them, because they were not consider as humans and Pakistani. If any one thinks ANP can ever win the seat he has no idea about the karachites. The Karachites are politicaly much mature than people from all other parts of the homeland! the ideathat all other people have in mind is to conquer karachi.Yes if they try to win their hearts and mind by accepting the fact. And try to compensate their grieves , losses and deprivations.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:50AM

    @ karachi wala
    I agree with you none of us want Karachi to be Mumbai or Kabul

    unfortunately Karachi has become worse than that…
    its like you are living in Kashmir or Palestine, but they die as martyrs shaheed fighting for freedom against the non muslim enforced occupation while in karachi muslims kill muslims brother kills brother Pakistani kills Pakistani and for such times the hadith our Prophet Peace be upon him said ” There shall come a time when the killer will not know why he is killing the the victim will not know why was killed and both will go to hell”
    and you never know when bullet carrying your name will come frm no where and you’l be gone… May Allah help our nation and keep us in his Amman who ever are doing it please stop this blood shed of innocent lives and fear Allah. We are living in terror times and very painful and shameful…Allah restore the peace and love of our beautiful city Allah guide us all Ameen Recommend

  • Hafsa Naik Bukht
    Oct 18, 2010 - 9:03AM

    Elections are held just now what about previous days??before elections Karachi was in violence thats not a new thing.But what about those innocent 37 people that are killed in 2 days only.MQM or ANP what ever they think and what ever they want,every one is selfish and slaves of their own desires.What a mess has created by our government all over the country,minister of Sindh is also accepting that he is failed to stop violence in Karachi.Now we can only depend on GOD.Recommend

  • sharik khan
    Oct 18, 2010 - 10:19AM

    handover district govt to mqm. i assure u all will b well…Recommend

  • Syed
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:00PM

    @ Shani Syed,
    Stop exxagerating the situation in Karachi, Karachi is faar better then Kashmir, Kabul or Palestine,

    Media always potray the negative side of the picture, as people only respond to negative ones. You can see for eg this article is potraying negative news , and the following gives the positive side, on same website, but the responce is nil in the positive one!

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/63996/women-turn-up-in-their-sunday-best-for-polling-day/Recommend

  • Syed
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:04PM

    “MQM candidate Khalid secured 91,397 votes while ANP candidate Pir Riaz Gul got just 292 votes, the media report said. ”

    You can see who was the one bent on voilence.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 19, 2010 - 12:01AM

    @ Syed

    Im not promoting negetivism but with the situation of fear in Karachi you have to agree we all remain very unrestful its not peaceful any more, I for one pray every day for the well being of my family myself and all others as you never know what might just errupt in Karachi when the peaceful neighbourhood you are living in may turn into a war ground with people fleeing for safety as on 18th oct and 27th dec and 12th May and so many dates I dont even remember, we are afraid to go to mosques and this is shameful not just in Karachi all over Pakistan, its ugly when indians say to you look its better we are in india what did you guys get by creating Pakistan where brother kills brother?

    What I mean through this forum we need to create awareness to stop the discrimination prevailing in Pakistan be a Pakistani promote brotherhood and stop the criminal minded those who divide us into sects provicial or lingual prejiduism and be Muslims.

    We created Paksitan in the name of Allah where brotherhood harmony peace and justice should have prevailed, we failed…buts its not too late we can make it better, all we need is to realize and become United as one nation as Pakistanis. May Allah return the peace of our homeland and keep us all in His Care Ameen.Recommend

  • Appreciate our humanity
    Oct 19, 2010 - 7:05AM

    Integration is the word. If you can’t integrate without forming ghettos and parochial us vs. them categorizations then please leave.

    Enough of this ethno-fascism! If one political party thinks that it has the sole mandate of representing a partcular group it claims to speak for then it should raise the ethnic card and do politics ONLY in the area or region where it is native to. You MUST NOT settle without restraint into Karachi, which is not your native territory, and then turn portions of the most cosmopolitan city of Pakistan into political fiefdoms, all the while claiming discrimination and stroking embers of ethnic resentment. Why is it so hard to understand: if it is so bad, don’t come to Karachi or get out of it. The city with more than 18 million people is already overcrowded as it is. Let the dwellers of Karachi, the ones who consider themselves as Karachiites and love the city and its variegated people, live in peace.

    Karachi means diversity. If someone is sadly still fixated with his/her own ethnicity, color, race whatever then they might want to reconsider why they are living there. Recommend

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