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Karachi Target Killing


Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the main financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh. The city has an estimated population of 13 to 15 million,] while the metropolitan area has a population of over 13 million. Karachi is the most populous city in the country, one of the world’s largest cities in terms of population   It is Pakistan’s premier centre of banking, industry, economic activity and trade and is home to Pakistan’s largest corporations, including those involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research.

But unfortunately this metropolitan area has been victim of target killing and violence for the past few months. Hundreds of innocents have been shot to death. There is lots of chaos and unrest going on in Karachi. It is pertinent to note that at least 102 people have been killed in the city during the past week. But the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) remained toothless to maintain law and order situation. It is pertinent to mention here that relevant authorities, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik tried to resolve the issue but could not succeed.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry taking suo motu notice of the disturbing events in Karachi has constituted a five member SC bench chaired by him. He has directed the Attorney General to submit a comprehensive report on the issue that has led to the killing of over a hundred people in just a week.

The ongoing operation by the Rangers in Karachi can only succeed if it is totally free from political intervention. In case the Rangers fail in their mission, demands for calling in the army would increase. A few days back, Gen Kayani expressed concern over the Karachi situation and said that the army was waiting for a signal from the government to help the administration.

Pakistan’s Christian community has been the victim of targeted killing as well. Arnold Archie Dass, 38, was gunned down on Drigh Road, in an old Christian colony, in Karachi, capital of Sindh Province, The victim was getting into his car to go home from work. Local sources say a group of gunmen opened fire in front of dozens of witnesses.

Arnold Dass was mortally wounded, dying as he was rushed to a hospital. At the same time, Bakhti & Noor Babar Rehman Islamic extremists from one political party who carried out the attack left the scene undisturbed after checking that their target would not survive.

Special prayers and prayer meetings are conducted all over the Christian community in Pakistan for peace and stability in Karachi.

Police should not spare any efforts in apprehending the killers and bring the situation under control as soon as possible. As in the first seven months of the year violence has already claimed the lives of 800 people

We strongly condemned the killing of innocent people and request the government to protect the life and property of innocent citizens and take action against terrorists.