MQM activists besiege Sindh CM`s house

Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 19:16

Karachi: Violence raged unabated in Pakistan`s commercial capital Karachi, with the toll from armed ethic clashes jumping to 60 as hundreds of activists of
MQM surrounded the Sindh CM`s house demanding stern steps to check the bloodshed.

Over eleven people have been killed in the ongoing violence in the last 24 hours, swelling the toll to 60 in last few days.

Hundreds of activists of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement besieged the Sindh Chief Minister`s house in the city on Firday, with the bodies of three persons, who were killed in the ongoing wave of violence, which claimed 11 more lives since
last night, taking the toll to 60 in recent wave of violence.

The MQM supporters and activists and relatives of the slain men marched to the Chief Minister`s house after funeral prayers were offered for the deceased in Liaquatabad a stronghold of the MQM which represents the Urdu speaking
Muhajir population.

"We want justice and we want the government to stop patronising these criminals and target killers," wailed the mother of one of the deceased.

Police and Rangers had to use force to keep the slogan chanting crowd away from going through the barricades erected in front of the CM house.

The latest wave of violence has so far left over 60 people dead with 11 killed since Thursday night.

Police said, they had recovered bodies of slain men in gunny bags from different parts of the city with six bodies found in areas surrounding the troubled Lyari area in old Karachi.

Police also confirmed that relatives and friends had filed reports at different police stations since yesterday reporting around 18 of their men missing.

"The whereabouts of these missing people is not known but they may have fallen victim to the ongoing violence," one rescue official said.

In a disturbing new trend in the violence there have been confirmed reports off unidentified gunmen firing on public transport and even stopping public buses and vans and kidnapping people based on their ethnicity.

President Asif Zardari was presiding over a high level meeting in Islamabad to discuss the law and order situation in Karachi, which is Pakistan’s biggest city and financial hub.

The violence, which is blamed on ethnic, sectarian and political differences has so far claimed over around 1200 lives this year alone with some 1300 people wounded in the target killings and random firing including women and
children.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 19:16

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