Fresh violence claims 13 lives in Karachi

At least 13 people have been killed in the city overnight in a fresh spate of violence fed by political and ethnic tensions.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011, 22:18 PM IST

Karachi: At least 13 people have been
killed in the city overnight in a fresh spate of violence fed
by political and ethnic tensions.

In different incidents of target killing and violence,
activists of the major political parties Mutthaida-e-Qaumi
Movement, Awami National Party and the Pakistan Peoples Party
were killed by unidentified assailants.

Orangi Town was the worst hit with target killers
gunning down six people in the town.

In North Karachi, assailants riding a motorcycle
gunned down a lawyer of a notorious target killer, Ajmal
Pahari, who is awaiting trial for his criminal activities.

Advocate Zia Aslam, who was also a senior member of
the Sindh council of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party was
shot dead while he was returning home.

The lawyer was defending Pahari in a high-profile case
as the latter is accused of carrying out around 100 target
killings.
A senior member of the MQM, Shafiq Ajmeri, was also
gunned down in front of his house in Orangi, sparking violence
and protests in parts of the town where markets and shopping
plazas closed down abruptly.

Police said in the wake of the killings protesters had
burnt some vehicles and petrol pumps in Orangi town and some
other parts of the city.

Karachi, Pakistan`s largest city and financial hub,
has been in the grip of violence since early this year with
police and rescue officials confirming around 300 deaths of
political activists, religious leaders and the common man in
target killings in the city.

PTI