Five more killed in Karachi violence
27 February, 2013
KARACHI: At least five persons, including a woman and a member of a religious organization, were killed in violent incidents in the metropolis, media reported on Tuesday.
An activist of a religious organization was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire in Karachi's Lines area.
Enraged protestors set out to the streets burning tyres and blocking roads in Saddar area. The demonstrators marched towards the Supreme Court's Karachi registry near Shaheen Complex demanding action against the killers. The protest was later called off after authorities held negotiations with the demonstrators.
One person was killed and another injured in a gun firing incident in Orangi town area of Karachi. Another person was killed in a firing incident in Surjani town Sector four area.
A woman was shot dead in the city's Garden area. A body was found near Saeedabad graveyard on Tuesday. According to police the body bore marks of torture.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has said that neighboring countries and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan are behind the deteriorating situation in Karachi.
Responding to a call attention notice in the National Assembly Tuesday‚ he said the law enforcement agencies including police are alive to the situation and playing their role for protection of lives and prosperities of the people. He said action id being taken against explosive material through out the country.
He said that the terrorists who met defeat in Swat are taking shelter in Karachi and perpetrating nefarious activities to avenge their defeat.
He said that external forces are also involved in Karachi unrest. He told that 61 people were arrested last year while 31 have been arrested this year while in 2012 29 cases were registered.
He said 213 kilo explosive material has been recovered and two members of Tehrik-e-Taliban have been arrested in this connection. The state minister told that during interrogation 6 names of TTP members were known and cases have been registered against them however no arrests have been made
He told that Karachi is a populated city due to which we are facing difficulty in combating terrorism.
In response to a question of Imrana Saeed the minister said that Pakistan has a long border with Afghanistan and it is a mountainous terrain and smugglers do not use conventional roads to transport weapons into Pakistan but come through mountains. He said that ample measures are being taken to stop this practice.