Tag: Karachi

President, PM condemn Karachi bombing

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the bombing of the CID centre in Karachi on Thursday and vowed that the government would not be deterred by such acts of violence and continue the war against terror.
In a message from China, the president said the acts of terror further strengthen resolve of the government to continue its fight against terrorism and extremism till its complete elimination. He also directed the

Karachi struck by terror, again

KARACHI: At least 24 people were killed and 113 injured in a powerful blast at the Crime Investigation Department's (CID) Civil Lines office near the Chief Minister's House in Karachi on Thursday.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan swiftly claimed responsibility for what was a rare attack on government security forces in Karachi. According to police sources, the assailants opened fire at the CID office and rammed an explosives-laden Shehzore truck into the building causing a powerful

16 killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: At least 16 people were killed and another three injured in a fresh wave of violence in Karachi on Wednesday.
Kalakot police said bodies of two men were found near the post office adjacent to Baloch Chowk in Lyari. The victims were identified as Jamil and Zakir, believed to be associated with the Baba Ladla gang in the area. Soon after the bodies were found, a gun battle erupted between two gangs of Lyari - the Baba Ladla group and the Muslim Shahzad group - following

1,381 killed during 10 months in Karachi

KARACHI: Over 1381 people, including political activists, have been killed during ten months this year in Karachi, challenging the tall claims of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and testing the performance of the law enforcement agencies.
Most of the criminals arrested were released because of political pressure, officials from the Police Department asking not to be named told Pakistan Today. Statistics collected by Pakistan Today revealed that from amongst those killed

Five people killed in Karachi

KARACHI: At least five people were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on Saturday amid heightened security measures that were put in place ahead of the arrival of the body of slain MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq.
Baldia Town Station House Officer (SHO) Rao Khalid said that unidentified gunmen killed Nazeer Ahmed in Faqeer Colony. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for autopsy. A man was gunned down in Landhi in Quaidabad police precincts.
Police said

Dengue-struck Karachi gets Congo scare

KARACHI: Rumours of Congo virus outbreak in Karachi at the time when a large number of dengue fever cases have been reported across the province have panicked the residents and the Sindh Health Department.
A private TV news channel ran a report quoting Sindh Health Department sources that two Crimean-Congo heamorrhagic fever patients have been admitted to a private hospital. "We have not been able to confirm the news," said Saleem Khan, the Sindh Health Department's public

Senate proceedings – ANP seeks Swat-like operation in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Senate proceedings on Monday saw the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) throw allegations at each other, accusing one another of politics of expediency, and the former demanded a Swat-like military operation in Karachi to bring peace there.
Taking part in debate on the law and order situation, ANP Senator Haji Adeel said, "Karachi needs to be de-weaponised urgently ... police have failed there and the Rangers are not being empowered for

Karachi intra-city buses being run without bus terminals

KARACHI: Despite claims by the Sindh and city district governments that all basic facilities are being provided to passengers and transporters, intra-city buses and coaches functioning in Karachi are without a proper bus terminal, causing problems for both commuters and transporters, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Around 900 air-conditioned intra-city buses operate in Karachi on a daily basis without proper bus terminals. Sindh Air-Conditioned Bus Owners Association Aftab Ahmed Swati

‘Targeted unemployment’ – Livelihood of millions threatened in Karachi

KARACHI: An increasing ethnic divide is threatening the livelihood of millions of daily wagers who are now being financially targeted by the rival, political groups, which are bent on imposing the writ of their faction in 'enemy territory'.
A few days ago, around 13 people were killed when armed men stormed into the spare- parts market of Sher Shah, killing anyone within sight. The men walked through the market, opening shutters to kill the shopkeepers inside. The victims of the

Karachi police will get mobile tracking system

KARACHI: A special mobile tracking system will be provided to Karachi police to help them maintain law and order, a meeting attended by members of the National
Assembly's Standing Committee on Interior and Sindh police officials held at the Inspector General of Police (IGP)'s Office on Thursday decided. A detailed summary of the law and order situation in the city was given by Karachi CCPO Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari.
Similar announcements were made earlier but 101 police stations

Japanese consulate vehicle attacked in Karachi, two injured

KARACHI: Two employees of the Japanese consulate in Karachi were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on a vehicle of the consulate in Artillery Maidan police precincts on Thursday.
The injured were identified as the consulate's driver, Gul Muhammad, and another employee, Ghulam Haider. They were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment.
A police official said that in light of initial investigations, the incident appeared to be a robbery, as

Exploring the roots of Karachi problems

KARACHI: An operation in Karachi against those responsible for targeted killings makes sense, considering that the situation has reached the boiling point. And what makes the operation more interesting is the fact that it is "covert", as described by the interior minister.
It is a separate debate how an operation could be covert when the minister is publicly making an announcement about it, but let us move on to the key questions. "Who are responsible for the killing spree in

Sherpao demands judicial inquiry into Karachi killings

The Pakistan People's Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) demanded a judicial inquiry into the recent assassinations in Karachi and also suggested that a reconciliation commission should be set up, comprising political parties and civil society organisations to resolve the issue.
The residents of Karachi, especially those who came from Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, were facing a very difficult situation said PPP-S President and former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao while

6 killed as Karachi boils over again

Six people were killed and 13 injured on Sunday in various incidents across Karachi. One man, Arshad alias Cheeta (45), was killed when two unidentified assailants open fire on him at Bijli Ground, on Jahangir Road in Jamshaid Quarter police precincts.
According to North Nazimabad police, unidentified armed assailants opened fire on Ayub in front of his house. Police said it was an incident of personnel enmity. In another incident, Abdullah (30) was gunned down by

‘Covert’ operation in Karachi

The government has launched a covert operation against assassins in Karachi and another 3,000 policemen will be recruited for the city to maintain peace in the country's financial hub, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.
"We will restore peace in Karachi and other parts of the country. Strict action will be taken against those challenging the writ of the state," he said during a joint press conference with Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Ali Mirza. Malik said

PPP takes MQM, ANP on board for peace in Karachi

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday decided that no military operation would be carried out in the Karachi city to control the recent spate of violence, after Online news service reported earlier in the day that the president and the prime minister had decided in principle to give a green signal to a selective offensive in Karachi to control the spiraling violence that has so far killed over 100 people.
Online quoted

Purging Karachi of weapons remains a pipe dream

KARACHI: Despite the fact that authorities at both the federal and provincial levels have time and again hinted at launching a massive campaign to make Karachi a weapon-free city, no serious efforts have been made so far to implement this step.
Illegal weapons are available in abundance and terrorists, political activists, land mafia groups and even petty criminals faced no difficulties in gaining possession of sophisticated arms. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan