Karachi: ‘54 ANP activists, supporters killed in 2012’
KARACHI: At least 54 workers and supporters of the Awami National Party’s (ANP) Sindh chapter have been gunned down this year in the financial capital of Pakistan, a party leader told The News on Wednesday. Quoting figures from a report published by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday, the ANP’s District East president, M Younus Bunery, said the 54 victims were included in the 740 people targeted in Karachi in 2012. Another HRCP report states that 1,715 people were killed in the city in 2011. “This clearly shows that LEAs have failed in maintaining peace in Karachi,” Bunery said.
He also claimed that hundreds of ANP workers and supporters had been injured in incidents of firing, and that the target killing of Pashto-speaking people started immediately after two ANP leaders were sworn in as members of the Sindh Assembly. He believed that Pashto-speaking people had been the most affected by the violence.
According to Bunery, six people associated with ANP were killed in January, three in February, another 19 in March, 21 in April and five in May.
He regretted that the ANP was not taken into confidence during provincial government meetings, despite its being a coalition partner in the government. “Meanwhile, the law and order situation continues to deteriorate and law enforcement agencies are unable to arrest those responsible for the killings.”