Karachi: At least 10 people have been
killed in violence in Karachi soon after the Sindh government
lifted a two-year ban on pillion riding in this Pakistani city
which was imposed after a spurt in target killings, which were
carried out by men riding on motorcycles.
Incidents of firing were reported yesterday from
Nazimabad, Orangi Town, Garden and Gulbahar areas, in which 10
people were killed.
Reports of violence come soon after the government
announced it was lifting a two-year ban on pillion riding on
motorcycles in the city which had been enforced to curb
incidents of terrorism and check rising street crimes.
The ban had led to widespread criticism from political
and religious parties and civil right groups which said that
in a city of 16 million majority of the people used
motorcycles as their main mode of transport.
In the current year over 350 people have been killed
in incidents of target killings including some prominent
figures of different parties and religious groups.
Many of the target killings in the city were carried
out by men riding on a motorcycle.
Police said they were still investigating if the
killings in the city were the result of crime, enmity or