10 people killed in Karachi in sectarian violence

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 00:45

Karachi: In a renewed wave of sectarian and
ethnic killings in Pakistan, at least 10 people were killed in
the last 24 hours in southern Sind`s provincial capital, the
police said Tuesday.

Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan said 10 people had
been killed since Monday and admitted some of the target
killings appeared to be because of sectarian disputes.

Security has been beefed up and a ban has been imposed on
pillion riding in the city as a precautionary measure, he told
a press conference here.

He said police and paramilitary rangers had carried out
raids in different parts of the city and rounded up some 50 to
60 suspects who were being interrogated.

The victims in the latest series of bloody violence
included the wife, daughter and driver of Mir Bakht Yar Domki,
the sitting lawmaker from Sibi in the restive Balochistan
province.

They were gunned down late last night near the Gizri
bridge in the upmarket Clifton area while they were returning
home after attending a wedding.

City police chief Ayaz Ghorchani said the killings
appeared to be the result of a family enmity which are common
in Baluchistan.

The day began with a bloody incident in the densely
populated Nazimabad area where gunmen attacked a telecom
company franchise, killing a young girl who was employed there
and a security guard and wounding others.

Hours later gunmen killed a doctor who was on his
way home in the Malir area spreading fear and panic in the
city.
Earlier in the day a Shia, Taseer Abbas Zaidi, was gunned
down in the Gulberg area leading to protesters blocking roads
and attacking the law enforcement agencies and media personal
to vent their anger.

Political and security analysts have put the latest
killings down to sectarian and ethnic violence.
The day ended with another bloody incident near the
Governor House and Karachi Press Club when a protest rally by
government teachers employed on contracts was baton-charged
and tear gassed by police. It left several teachers injured.
The wife of the lawmaker was the granddaughter of slain
Baloch separatist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed by
security forces in 2005 in the troubled southwestern province.

"Now even our women are not safe. We don`t expect any
justice from the government but we will get justice from God,"
a grieving Domki told reporters.

The renewed violence has taken the toll in sectarian
killings in the restive city to around 50 in January, the
citizens police liason committee said.

At least 25 people had been killed over the last week,
mostly as part of sectarian conflict between Pakistan`s
majority Sunni and minority Shia Muslim communities, a police
official said.

The victims included three Shia Muslim lawyers and
two doctors.

Pakistan`s financial capital last year witnessed its
worst ethnic and political unrest in 16 years, with around 350
people killed in July-August.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 00:45

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