July gulps 138 in city violence


More than 138 persons including officers of intelligence agencies and women have been killed in the incidents of targeted killings in Karachi only during the last month and the death toll has reached 1,183 during the last six months.
The recovery of dead bodies continued to pile misery on the residents of Karachi as 17 bodies were found in gunny bags who were tortured to death.
According to data collected by Pakistan Today, the city remained in the hands of terrorists and casualties due to the ongoing infighting among ethno-political and sectarian factions in Karachi and the death toll has reached 138 in July.
According to the data, of the 138 victims of targeted killings, 28 were apparently killed for their association with various political parties, 16 for their ethnic background and 17 on sectarian grounds. Some 22 were killed when they had refused to accept the demands of extortionists.
About the victims of targeted killings on ethno-political and sectarian grounds, the data suggested that four activists belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), one to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), six to the Awami National Party (ANP), three to the Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ), six persons to Shiaa sect and 12 persons belonged to the Baloch community.
As many as 16 government personnel including police, Rangers and persons of intelligence agencies were also targeted during the last month which raised the toll of killing of security persons in current year up to 68 while persons belonging to business community were also killed. The statistics shows that 45 people killed in the city during the period did not have affiliation with any political party.
Four women were also shot dead in the incidents while more than 171 persons were injured in different incidents in the city.
Seven grenades attacks were made in different parts of the city out of which four were conducted in Lyari. Two attacks were made on the houses of members of business community.
Police and Rangers claimed to have arrested four target killers and seven extortionists in search operations conducted in West and South zones of the city. On the other hand, CID of police has arrested six members of banned outfit Tahreek Taliban Pakistan and Anti-Extortion Cell of Karachi arrested a kidnapper. Security agencies also arrested 10 members of a banned outfit Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan from a local hospital situated in Gulistan-e-Johar.
Robber beaten to death : One robber was beaten to death and another was critically injured by citizens in Karachi on Tuesday, police say.
The dead was identified as Shanakhtullah Dad.
According to reports, two dacoits barged into a house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, carried out robbery and tried to escape. But they were spotted by a security guard, who opened fire, leaving one of them seriously injured.
The guard with the help of area residents caught them and beat indiscriminately. Later, police rescued the injured robber and shifted them to Jinnah Hospital.
Violence claims another 3 lives : Three people have been killed in ongoing spate of violence in the city including a member of Sunni Tehrik.
According to details, Maulana Saleem Nakshbandi, member of Uelma Board of Sunni Tehrik, received severe injury due to firing by unknown persons in Landhi 36 while his companion Adnan was also injured due to the firing.
The injured were shifted to Jinnah hospital where Adnan succumbed to injuries while Maulana Saleem was in critical condition.
Tension gripped the whole area after the incident while unknown persons made the shopkeepers to close markets forcibly through aerial firing.
In another incident, one person was killed while four others were injured in clash between two groups in Landhi Sharafi Goth .The deceased was identified as Nasir and the injured were identified as Arsalan, Riaz, Ghulam Shabbir and Abdul Razaq.
Two people were injured in PECHS and Site area in two different firing incidents. They were shifted to hospital while a dead body of a woman was recovered from jurisdiction of Sachal police station. A man was killed and two female students were injured in a firing incident near Shershah Bridge. Some unidentified gunmen opened fire near a bus stop killing a person named Muhammad Shah and injuring two students Naila and Wardah.
Seven injured in gas leakage blast : At least seven persons of the same family including a couple and children were injured due to blast caused by gas leakage in a house here at sehri time on Tuesday.
According to details, the blast occurred in a residential house located in Dastageer Society No 9 of Federal B area Karachi due to gas leakage.
As a result of the blast, the house was damaged and seven persons including a couple and their four children were injured. The injured were rushed to a local hospital where according to hospital sources condition of all the injured was stable.


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