Political parties draw daggers as Karachi bleeds with intensifying target killings

18:33, July 26, 2010      

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The death toll in the intensifying target killing rose to over 40 in five days with eight more people were gunned down Sunday in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, as major political parties openly blamed each other in the city, resulting in bleeding once again.

Over 60 people have so far been killed during this month, mostly targeted victims were different political party activists. Edhi Center, which is operating the largest network of volunteer ambulances and rescue services in Pakistan, estimated that about 90 people were killed in the month of June.

Police said that 686 persons have been killed in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh province, since January this year. 241 incidents of terrorism were reported, 207 cases were registered against unknown miscreants during this year while 24 cases filed against activists of different political parties including ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and its rival splinter group MQM- Haqiqi, police said.

In a desperate move to defuse the burning situation, the rangers force has been given a free hand in dealing with the unidentified snipers. In the overnight raids rangers have arrested dozens of suspects as the target killing spree continues.

Local analysts cited three main reasons for the ongoing target killing. First is the antagonizing encroaches and land grabbing mafias.

Secondly, drugs and crime mafias usually associated with political parties or individual politicians, and thirdly, the fight for supremacy among political parties to dominate administrative power quarters and resources of the commercial hub and one of the largest cities of the world.

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