Karachi target killings, highest in 15 years

Published: October 29, 2010
The highest number of murders have been recorded since 1995. DESIGN: AMIR MIRZA

The highest number of murders have been recorded since 1995. DESIGN: AMIR MIRZA

KARACHI: Karachi this year has witnessed the largest number of murders in fifteen years according to the records of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).

There have been 1,034 deaths in the first ten months of 2010 with the month of August witness to the highest death toll of the year with 162 people murdered. The month of June saw the second highest death toll of 135 people being killed in various localities of the city.

In 1995, amid the massive killings in Karachi, the death toll was 1782.

CPLC’s records show that this is the  highest number of target killings since 1995, with the number expected to increase as two more months of the year still remain.

Assassinations in Karachi outnumber blast casualties

According to a report in The Gulf Today, target killings in the city have claimed more lives than that of suicide bombing across the country in this year.

Pakistan was struck by 335 incidents of suicide bombings in 2010 that claimed 1,208 people’s lives, according to the paper, whereas the number of target killings or assassinations during the same period was 1,233.

The commercial hub has been plagued by extortion rackets and politically motivated killings that are responsible for the high number of people killed.

The data collected by Gulf Today showed that 122 people were killed in January, 133 in February, 130 in March and April each, 144 in May, 122 in June, 135 in July, 176 in August, 81 in September and 13 people in the first two weeks of October. They said that at least 46 policemen and 2 Rangers’ personnel were killed in the city in the current year.

With additional reporting by Hassan Asif.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 6:10PM

    It was a peaceful city from 2000 to 2007 – until the ANP started its adventures in Karachi and then PPP picks up from Lyari and Amn committees. Recommend

  • RG
    Oct 29, 2010 - 7:48PM

    give the city back to the people who live here?Stop the fudual MARFIA motesly PPP..this city is not for them…they can all move to Lyari or go back to ruler SindhRecommend

  • irfan urfi
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:06PM

    MQM IS LARGEST PARTY OF KARACHI . MQM IS NOT Ordinary PARTY MQM IS POWERFUL PARTY ! but many mafias are working own agenda.International Establishment and Islamabad establishment playing Meaning full role ! All political parties are strongly believe DEMOCRACY. Battle war on Mafias versus political parties They are showing power for Domination in city strong text. Recommend

  • Umer Farooqi
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:07PM

    well, these are the horrible but truth statistics about Pakistan. This is what being published in Pakistan’s alias UAE newspaper which have it’s readership world wide. \

    Well what is the future of Karachi ?? What is the Future of Pakistan, it is difficult to predict for someone to guess about it , as the conditions over here are going worst and worst.

    The NATO Led forces, The Americans ( so called supporters of green land), EU, UN all are portraying negative about Pakistan, tagging green land as a terrorist nation, corrupt nation and a failed state … Hey listen !!!!! what our Leaders are doing ????
    They are going duped and making duped to the nation of Pakistani nation’s innocent ppl !!!!

    pl z guys pray for the betterment of the Pakistan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • ALI786
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:29PM

    DESIGN: AMIR MIRZA …….. where is design?Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 8:38PM

    I would say Karachi was haven for peace lovers during the first decade of Pakistan i.e., from August 1947 till first military take over when when General Ayub took over from Iskandar Mirza in 1959. The first incident of massacre in Karachi took place when a ethinic procession of non-Karachiites led by Gohar Ayub was pelted with stones and Gohar Ayub who was standing on Jeep was injured by a knife thrown from the crowd when procession was passing through Lalukhet. Then within a week Lalukhet was attacked by non-Karachiites and hundreds of peoples were killed. Thereafter, Karachi became unsafe for Karachiites

    Then during the period of General Zia in 1987-88 ethnic violence started again and continued even during the time when Ms Benazir Bhutto came into power and military operation by the then Interior Minister General Naseeullah Baber had to be taken in Karachi. But target killings in Karachi could not be controlled.

    The present scenario of non-stop target killing in Karachi is happening due to fight between rival political parties to get their hold in Karachi. Sadly Karachi and the whole Pakistan has been poisoned by political parties for their vested interest.Recommend

  • reader
    Oct 29, 2010 - 9:56PM

    In my opinion, if PPP, MQM-A & ANP is banned then target killing will recede if not come to an end…or else massive operation to recover weapons from all political & religious parties, especially those who are having militant wing. This has to be done in the shortest possible time, lets say 7 days throughout Karachi, the search operation shall be done by the Army personnel along with a Senior Judge (Sitting or Retired) then local media crew, so that no one will have the chance to attribute or accuse the Army, Judiciary or Media for not bringing peace to the law-less city, if culprits are arrested they should be charged & prosecuted accordingly & without fear from any other quarter (political victimization)…once purged with this menace, continue this process across the country, so that the innocent lives are saved…Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 29, 2010 - 10:34PM

    What is the use of compiling data of the dead people when the killing cannot be stopped and more people are expected to die in target killing? Then we will have the latest up to date data by the end of the year.

    People feel insecure when they stepped out from their residences. It is only Al-Mighty Allah who secures a person when he returned home alive at the end of the day. Is there any responsibility of the law enforcing agencies or not? Or the people are suppose to keep on counting the death toll?Recommend

  • nadiyah rahman
    Oct 30, 2010 - 12:45AM


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