Nazimabad, Rizvia hot spots of sectarian killings
KARACHI: As reported by the Dawn News on Monday, a pattern has emerged in the sectarian killings occurred in the city during this year and it shows that at least 13 such killings took place within the jurisdictions of two police stations located in the defunct district central.
Police data show that out of 50 cases of sectarian killings in which 54 people were killed from Jan 1 to Oct 5, 2010, a total of 13 people were gunned down within the remits of the Nazimabad and the Rizvia police stations which are part of Liaquatabad Town.
In fact, the previous Liaquatabad superintendent of police (SP) was removed from the post reportedly for his apparent failure to curb the rising number of killings.
A senior police officer of the area says he believes that the residential pockets of rival sects in the area stretching from the Nazimabad No.7 bridge to the Lasbella bridge in Golimar are one of the contributory factors in the emergence of the pattern.
The city has witnessed a spate of sectarian killings after a lull of a few years during which proscribed outfits are said to have reorganised themselves.
“These killings are being carried out by two components — one is the financer while the others are the implementers or those who execute it. It is the latter who are caught and arrested, but it’s the financers who have never been captured and they are able to bring fresh teams of executioners if earlier ones are disposed of,” observed a senior law-enforcement official.
“Providing them with a motorcycle and a weapon, Rs5,000 or Rs6,000 in cash and exploitation of religious sentiments are some of the basic essentials which are working behind these killings,” the official added.