Two policemen killed as Karachi death toll climbs to 22

Wave of violence grips the city. Rangers spokesperson claims sectarian killings are "conspiracy".

Web Desk January 05, 2014
Rangers personnel carry out a target search operation in Karachi's Lyari district. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

KARACHI: At least five people, including two policemen, were shot dead in Karachi in separate incidents on Sunday, taking the death toll to 22 within 48 hours, Express News reported.

The policemen were guarding a bakery in Baldia Town which had received extortion chits in the past. The shop was previously attacked with hand grenades as the owner did not give money to the extortionists.

In another incident of violence, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate for local bodies election Qari Jafar was killed in the Rasheedabad area.

Two others were shot dead in the Mawach Goth area of the city, while another sustained injuries.

On January 4, at least 17 people lost their lives in the wave of violence that gripped the city. Three members of the Shia community, two seminary students and two police officials, were among the victims.

The two policemen – head constable Lal Haleem and constable Younus – were killed while another constable, Kamran, was injured when armed motorcyclists opened fire at a police mobile in Pirabad.

Operation

Rangers personnel today arrested four target killers and an extortionist during a security operation in the city.

The officers also seized a huge amount of arms from their possession.

According to the Rangers spokesperson, the target killers belong to a political party and have admitted to many killings.

The Rangers spokesperson had earlier said that the current spike in sectarian killings is a conspiracy to disrupt the law and order in the city and Rangers have some leads that a political party may be behind them.

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Maria | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@javed: Why are you dragging the 1971 War into this? At that time Pakistan was lead by a Pashtun President Yahya Khan and another Pashtun General Niazi was fighting in the East. No matter the ethnicity of any general, the leadership let internal problems foment. Yes you want to celebrate how India took advantage of internal strife in Pakistan and that Pakistan had to fight with one hand tied behind its hand and lost. The soldiers were brave but the leaders allowed the opponent taking advantage of the civil war on the ground. So you want to say India should take advantage of the civil discord on the ground in Karachi and cause trouble in the internal affairs of Pakistan? Try to help Karachi by promoting understanding instead of hate.

Aysha M | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

PPP in their traditional haughtiness and contempt for reason has turned Sindh 2 into a battle zone. The residents of Sindh 2 demand withdrawal of all non-residents in the Sindh 2 police and immediate induction of locals, so policing of the people of Sindh 2, for the people of Sindh 2, by the people of Sindh 2, ET pls put this through, just love the sound of 'SINDH 2'. thanks

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