400 shot dead in Karachi in 2011
KARACHI: Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi, chief of the commission formed to ascertain the exact figure of the victims of targeted killing in Karachi in the year 2011, presented their first report to Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday. The report comprises suggestions and facts about the figure of the victims of targeted killing and terrorist activities. It was informed that the body chairman would soon submit a comprehensive report on this subject at a meeting of all major political groups. Heads of the parties would also be presented copies of the report.
Home Department (Judicial) Additional Secretary Abdul Wahab Abbasi, who is also the secretary of the commission, was present at the meeting.
The Supreme Court had, in its verdict on the Karachi situation, ordered the Sindh government to give financial compensation to the heirs of the victims of targeted killing.
Later, the Sindh formed a commission to look into the authenticity of the figure. The body was also assigned to ascertain exact financial losses caused due to targeted killing.
According to sources, the commission, in its initial report, confirmed that at least 400 people were killed in targeted killing in last year, and recommended the Sindh government to distribute Rs80 million as financial compensation to their legal heirs.
The sources said the report found that at least 135 workers of the MQM were shot dead in the past year. The second highest number of killings of activists was of the ANP, another ally of the ruling PPP that also lost its 104 workers in 2011.
The report further says at least 26 workers of the MQM-Haqiqi fell victim to targeted killing, 26 from the Jafaria Alliance, 12 of the Awami Tehreek, 26 of the Kachhi Rabta Committee, 19 from the Jammiat-e-Islami and 41 workers of the Sunni Tehreek were killed in the past year.
In the report, the commission suggested a sum of Rs0.2 million for legal heirs of each victim of targeted killing. It may be mentioned here that the total amount of the previous financial assistance to heirs of each victim stood at Rs80 million.