Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Karachi engulf in violence

Karachi engulf in violence

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2010-08-03 06:50:46 - Nksagar -Sagar Media - Karachi engulf in violence with at least 37 persons were killed and more than two dozen vehicles, shops, teashops and carts parked on roadsides were set ablaze in the wake of the assassination of Syed Raza Haider, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement member of the Sindh Assembly, in Nazimabad on Monday.Personnel of the law-enforcement agencies were also attacked amid the fear and chaos that gripped the city after the incident reports Pak daily.

According to police surgeon Hamid Priyar, 30 people were killed in the recent spate of targeted killings. He said that by 2 am Tuesday morning, they had received 11 bodies at Civil Hospital Karachi, 11 at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, five at Abbasi Shaheed and two at Qatar Hospital in Orangi town.

More than 60 people were injured in the
violence. Seventeen were shifted to the CHK, 24 to the JPMC, eight to the ASH and 11 to Qatar Hospital. About 30 vehicles, several shops, one petrol pump and many kiosks and pushcarts were also set on fire. There were also reports of violence and damage to property in interior Sindh.

Life in Karachi came to a standstill as soon as the news of the MQM leader’s killing spread. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at all the major thoroughfares of Karachi. In the ensuing violence, several vehicles were torched.

MQM MPA was gunned down inside the Jama Masjid, near the Inquiry Officer in Nazimabad 2, with his armed police guard where he was attending the funeral of his friend’s mother. Minutes after his killing, the city saw the outbreak of deadly violence as the police and Rangers made little effort to control it.An armed attack on a Rangers mobile in Pak Colony left two personnel wounded. Similarly, a police vehicle came under attack in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. Three policemen were wounded in the attack. Police sources said that MPA Haider came to the Nazimabad area to console a death. Later, he went to Jamia Masjid Trust situated in Nazimabad No-2. In the meantime, armed men riding two motorcycles and a Corolla car stopped in front of the mosque. They first killed Constable Khalid, the MPA’s guard, who was standing outside the mosque. Then they barged into the mosque and opened fire at MPA Haider, who was performing ablution. A passer-by, Arsalaan, was also injured in the attack.

Police said that the people present at the scene shifted the injured to hospital where MPA Raza Haider was pronounced dead. Hospital sources said that the deceased MPA Haider received six bullet wounds on his head, right and left arms and chest. They added that PC Khalid received two bullets while Arsalan received three bullets.

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