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‘Incidents of targeted killings have reduced’

KARACHI – Incidents of target killings have reduced in the city and action against criminals involved in targeted killings and extortions is being accelerated to get more results, said Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday.
He expressed these views while talking to journalists at the office of Sindh Election Commission, where he had arrived along with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and leaders of coalition parties of the PPP-led Sindh government, to file

Govt working on two-pronged strategy to curb targeted killings, says Shah

KARACHI – To eliminate targeted killing from the city, the government has adopted a two-pronged strategy under which it is contacting political parties and also taking administrative measures, said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. He said this at a press conference after presiding over a meeting regarding the law and order situation at the Chief Minister’s House on Wednesday. This was the first meeting of the chief minister holding the portfolio of the Home Department, after

‘Land and targeted killings are connected but reporting lacks substance, context’

KARACHI – News of targeted violence are often splashed across headlines but journalists reporting on the issue often fail to connect the phenomenon with disputes over land, argued Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment (CBE) Secretary-General Amber Alibhai on Wednesday at a workshop organised at a local hotel.
“Land and targeted killings are connected, but reporting of this issue lacks substance and context,” Alibhai said during her welcome address, explaining that in a large

Targeted killings claim another 17 lives in Karachi

KARACHI – At least 17 people were reported killed in various incidents of targeted killing in another violence-marred day in Karachi on Friday. The dead include, Sabeeh Khan, a nephew of Aamir Khan, prominent leader of Mohajir Qaumi Movement. He was attacked near Jauhar Morr.
In other incidents, Anwar Hussain was killed in Landhi near Mohammaden Ground when unknown armed men opened fire on him. A bullet-riddled body of a young man, identified as Adnan, was found near Azizabad

7 more fall prey to targeted violence

KARACHI – At least seven people were gunned down in the latest spate of targeted killings in various parts of the city on Wednesday. Rahat Fayyaz was killed in the area of Peerabad in Banaras. His body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
An unidentified man was gunned down in the Garden police precincts. His body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). Thirty-year-old Muhammad Saleem was gunned down at the Khadda Market on the Haji Ismail Road in the

Libyan troops targeted after air force ‘destroyed’

BENGHAZI/BRUSSELS – Libyan ground troops are being targeted by air strikes, coalition officials said on Wednesday, as a top British officer declared Moammer Gaddafi’s air force effectively destroyed.
As bitter fighting raged in key rebel strongholds, NATO nations failed to agree on giving the Western alliance command of military operations in Libya, a NATO diplomat told AFP. “There was no agreement and the discussions continue,” the diplomat said after a new round of talks among

104 PPP activists targeted during Qaim’s govt, under Mirza’s watch

KARACHI – The ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Karachi chapter on Tuesday released a list of 104 PPP activists whose lives, according to the party, were claimed by incidents of targeted killing since the PPP came to power in 2008.
According to the party, PPP workers are being killed even now as some 19 activists were murdered since the beginning of this year, whereas eight of them were killed this month alone. The list has been issued by PPP Karachi President Najmi Alam who

Targeted violence: Wounded man dies of excessive bleeding

KARACHI – A four-day-old decomposed body was recovered from a garage on Wednesday after the locals reported a pungent smell emanating from a shop on the Abul Hassan Ispahani Road. Area residents called the police helpline (15) and reported a pungent smell emanating from a garage where a man and his son were gunned down by two unidentified culprits on Saturday.
When the law enforcers arrived on the scene, they recovered the body of a man who had died of excessive bleeding after

12 die in targeted killings in Karachi

KARACHI – At least 12 people were killed and several others injured in the latest incidents of violence and targeted killings in Karachi on Saturday. Killing of an MQM worker in the afternoon created panic, leading to the closure of all business activities across the city.
Khurram, 40, son of Saleem was standing outside his house when two motorcyclists opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. City Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Qamar Raza Jiskani said the victim was an

FROM THE COURTROOM – SHC seeks reports on targeted killings

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the interior secretary, home secretary and Sindh inspector general of police (IGP) to submit detailed reports on targeted killings at a date to be fixed later. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam was hearing a constitutional petition filed by Human Rights Commission South Asia (HRCSA) representative Iqbal Kazmi, seeking to end targeted killings in Karachi.
On behalf of the Pakistan Rangers Sindh director

7 more ‘targeted’

KARACHI – Amid the tense and insecure political environment of the city, as many as seven citizens, including three activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were gunned down on Monday as Karachi was held hostage to a fresh spate of targeted violence. A 28-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified armed persons outside his house near Sindhi Hotel, Liaquatabad late Sunday night. His body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for post-mortem, where he was identified

182 targeted in 2011, 53 ‘killers’ released

KARACHI – Interior Minister Rehman Malik claims to have put an end to targeted killings in Karachi but at least 182 people, including political activists, have been killed in the two months of 2011. Law enforcement agencies claimed to have arrested “53 target killers,” but a majority of them were released, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to the data collected by Pakistan Today, 109 people were killed in January while another 73 were gunned down in February, with 24 targeted

IMF fears FBR won’t collect targeted revenue

ISLAMABAD – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed reservations over the government’s claims that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would manage collecting the targeted Rs 1,604 billion during the current fiscal year. An official source privy to technical level talks said the IMF team formed the opinion after the revenue collection data for the last eight months was presented to it. The IMF team was of the opinion that the target was not achievable without the imposition

Govt mulling targeted subsidy on POL, says Shaikh

ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Friday said the government was considering giving targeted subsidy on the petroleum products to the low income groups.
Talking to media at the golden jubilee celebration of Institute of Charter Accountants of Pakistan (ICAMP), the minister said the proposal would be considered for implementation if the prices of petroleum products go up further in the international market.
“Presently even the rich who could afford the

Five fall victim to targeted killings

KARACHI – At least five people, including a policeman, were gunned down by unidentified armed persons on Thursday in a fresh wave of violence in the metropolis. Two neighbours, one of them a police officer, were shot dead by unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle while they were sitting inside the parking area of the Sindh Government Qatar Hospital (SGQH) in the Orangi Town.
The deceased identified as Muhammad Saleem, 38, son of Abdul Majeed, and Abdul Rashid Khan, 29, son of