Karachi: 737 people killed in four months
Karachi: At least 737 people were killed in various incidents of violence in the city, said a report issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Thursday. The highest number of deaths occurred as a result of target killings as 342 people fall victim to it. According to the data collected from January to April 2011, around 200 apolitical and 142 political activists were killed in target killing incidents.
Out of the political activists, 61 belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), 22 to the Awami National Party (ANP), 18 to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), 13 to various religious parties and 12 to the Mohajir Qaumi Movement. Three victims belonged to the banned organizations and nationalist parties and one each to the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
The bloodiest month for target killings was April in which 51 people lost their lives, while around six people were killed in sectarian killings.
The report added that in other incidents, 77 people were kidnapped and killed, 74 were killed due to enmity, 34 died in bomb blasts, while 32 were killed by robbers.
It further stated that during the four months, 30 policemen were gunned down, 22 suspects died in police encounters, 32 women were murdered, while four were burnt to death. At least 20 children were killed, 18 people killed in Lyari gang wars, four men and three women were killed in Karo-Kari incidents, eight killed in rail related mishaps , two drug addicts were found dead, three died in prisons, while five persons were killed by stray bullets.