Fresh political violence kills 10 in Karachi

Fresh political violence in Pak`s commercial capital has claimed 10 lives.

Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 15:54 PM IST

Karachi: Fresh political violence in
Pakistan`s commercial capital has claimed 10 lives, as target
killings continue unabated here despite shoot at sight orders
by the government and law enforcement authorities, police said
on Sunday.

Police and rescue officials confirmed that since last
morning 10 people were killed and the victims included a
former union vice nazim belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islaami

Interior minister, Rehman Malik this week said after
holding meetings in Karachi to review the situation in the
city that law enforcement agencies had been given orders to
shoot on sight extortionists and target killers.

The government also claims to have arrested several
suspected target killers in clean up operations who have been
interrogated by security agencies.

Police said a man was found dead at an isolated place
in Saadi town and was later identified as Junaid Zahidi, 46,
who was a worker for the JI and also a former Union council
naib nazim in Gulshan town.

Police said others killed in different parts of the
city included workers of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement, MQM
Haqiqi and Awami National Party.

"Eight people were killed during the day on Saturday
while since midnight we have found two more bodies, " a rescue
official said.

Target killings in the city which claimed around 557
victims in 2010 have become a big challenge for the provincial
and central government.

Police giving details of the target killings in the
last 24 hours said one person was shot dead at Pehlwan Goth in
Gulistan-e-Johar, while another one was killed at a hotel in
Nazimabad near the Inquiry Office in a roadside shooting.

In Sherpao Colony, a political worker Najeeb Asad was
killed due to firing, while the body of another political
worker Abdullah was found from Khokla Paar Gold Ground.

Moreover, two people were killed in Liaqatabad and
Sharafi Goth areas respectively. Two police personnel were
also gunned down at Sea View and in Gulshan-e-Memar.