2010: Karachi's most violent year since 1995

Published: December 24, 2010
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The rise in killings, apart from crime, is also attributed to target killings. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

The rise in killings, apart from crime, is also attributed to target killings. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

KARACHI: The year 2010 has been one of the most violent years in Karachi’s history, as killings in the city have reached their highest since 1995, when 1,742 people were killed.

According to numbers released by the Citizens Police Liason Committee (CPLC), 1,247 people have been killed in the metropolitan hub this year, as compared to 801 last year.

August witnessed the highest death toll of the year with 162 people murdered, while June saw the second highest death toll of 135 people being killed in various localities of the city.

The rise in killings, apart from crime, is also attributed to target killings.

The assassination of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Raza Haider and other political, ethnic and sectarian killings all contributed to the high number of murders in the city this year.

Spates of target killings also affected businesses as commercial areas would shut down because of protests and riots.

Kidnappings are also at their highest since the last 20 years with 104 this year so far.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Syed
    Dec 24, 2010 - 5:08PM

    I think you should change the title!
    “PPP breaks own record”Recommend

  • Sankalp
    Dec 24, 2010 - 5:39PM

    The year 2010 has been one of the most
    violent years in Karachi’s history.

    If I am not wrong Karachi is the financial/trade capital of Pakistan?
    High time someone actually gave a thought and took measures!Recommend

  • jbutt
    Dec 24, 2010 - 9:51PM

    whenever PPP is in power, this happens.Recommend

  • abdullah kayani
    Dec 25, 2010 - 1:15AM

    its ok and let the ppl die unless a leader is not killed dis z wht all d parties unanimously believe in karachi……….zulfiqar mirza talks about role of all parties in target killing which r rulling in karachi ppl of karaci shuld thnk b4 they vote dt z ds vote going to take dm 2 d grave………………………..Recommend

  • Dani
    Jan 4, 2011 - 2:01PM

    MQM is involved in targeted killings in Karachi as per the agencies’ report.
    Operation clean-up should be launched against the terrorists like General Naseerullah Babar launched against them in 90s.Recommend

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