Karachi: At least eight people have been killed in the latest round of target killings in the southern city of Karachi, even as the country observed a strike on Saturday to protest the suicide attacks at an Islamic shrine in Lahore.
Police and rescue officials said that at least eight persons belonging to different political and religious parties were killed in the target shootings since last night.
Those killed included a former councillor and a employee of the Sindh Assembly.
There was a respite in the target killings spree in the city this week before it was broken since last night. Police say around 250 people have been killed in target shootings in the last eight months.
Meanwhile, the city of Karachi also joined the country in observing a strike to protest the Data Darbar attacks with shops in all parts of the city remaining shut down while public transport also remained thin. 45 people were killed in two back to back suicide bombings at the shrine.
The strike call was given by different political and religious parties after the suicide attack on Data Darbar which has left Pakistani shocked.
People and parties hoisted black flags and banners condemning the terrorist attacks while at some places protesters also burnt tyres and stoned vehicles while raising slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to check the increasing number of terrorist attacks in the major cities.
The Sunni Tehreek (ST) also staged a long march from Karachi to the city of Sukkur in interior Sindh.