Karachi: Over 100pc rise in target killings in 2010
KARACHI: The number of ‘target killings’ — a term redefined by a spate of random killings in recent years in the city — rose by well above 100 per cent this year compared to 2009, official data showed.
A total of 361 lives were lost to frequent target killings in different parts of the city till Dec 14, 2010, while the toll was around 160 last year, according to police statistics.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement claimed that around 200 of its workers and sympathisers lost their lives to target killings from Jan 1, 2009 till date.
While the Awami National Party said that its 177 workers and supporters were gunned down in the year 2010 alone.
The frequency of target killings decreased following the Shershah scrap market carnage where 12 shopkeepers were killed allegedly by the members of Lyari’s gangsters on October 19.
The Lyari gangsters were nominated in a subsequent FIR registered with the police.
Prior to the Shershah carnage, the city had witnessed several intermittent ‘rounds’ of target killings, the bloodiest of which proved to be in the aftermath of the killing of MPA Raza Haider on August 2, 2010.
Data suggest that around 90 people were gunned down in the subsequent spate of target killings.