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Violence in Pakistani port city of Karachi on rise

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 6, IRNA -- The death toll from targeted killings in the Pakistani port city of Karachi has reached 21 while 25 people were injured in various incidents of violence in the city.

Karachi is Pakistan's financial hub and has been a victim of targeted killing for more than a decade.

Any problem in Karachi has direct affect on the economic situation of the whole country as declining law and order situation in the city brings down trade and business activities in the Pakistan’s largest city and business hub.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairperson, Zohra Yusuf has said that June was the most dangerous month in Karachi.

At least 32 people died in just three days as a result of the brawl between the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), said Yusuf.

“The problem lies with law and order and the fact that public opinion often overpowers court decisions,” she explained.

Of the 1,138 people who died this year, 490 were targeted. The MQM sustained the highest casualties: 77 activists. The ANP comes in at a distant second with 29 dead and the Pakistan Peoples Party lost 26 men.

Among those targeted and killed, 250 were not affiliated with political parties, 184 were political activists and 19 were members of religious parties. Fifty-six of the killings were based on ethnicity.

Meanwhile, Sindh home department had imposed ban on pillion riding in a city for unidentified period from Wednesday.

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