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Political violence in Karachi kills 43

Political violence in Karachi kills 43

KARACHI – At least 43 people have been killed in political violence in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi during the last 18 days, officials said as they announced the arrest of 11 suspects.
“We can confirm that as many as 43 people had been the victims of targeted killings in Karachi during the last 18 days,” interior minister Rehman Malik told in a press conference.
“We have arrested 11 men suspected of involvement in the targeted killings.”
“There is a

Indonesians protest Libya violence

JAKARTA – Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Sunday to condemn the coalition air strikes in Libya and urge leader Moamer Kadhafi to step down. Protesters from the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) shouted “Libya! Freedom!” and “Dictator, No! Oppression, No! Murder, No!”
“The people and government of Indonesia should join with Russia, China, Turkey and India to oppose the military invasion by the allies in Libya,” PKS leader

Unions condemn violence at British anti-cuts demo

LONDON – Trade union organisers of a protest against austerity cuts in London have condemned rioters who went on the rampage after the rally, attacking police and smashing up shops in a night of violence.
At least 201 people were arrested and 84 people were hurt when a small group of “criminal” demonstrators broke away from Saturday’s main rally, which was the biggest in the capital since protests against the Iraq war in 2003.
A group of several hundred masked rioters

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

Yemen UN envoy quits over violence

SANAA – Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned in protest over violence against demonstrators, a Yemeni Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday.
“Mr. Alsaidi has sent his resignation to the president’s office and the Foreign Ministry,” the official said.
The resignation came after two prominent members of Yemen’s ruling party also resigned in protest against the killing of dozens of anti-government protesters during a rally on Friday.

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

At least six killed in Balochistan violence

QUETTA – At least six people, including four security force personnel, were killed and 23 others injured in various bomb blasts and firing incidents in Quetta, Naseerabad, Turbat, Sibi and Jaffarabad on Thursday. Outlawed BRA claimed responsibility for all the attacks.
According to police, an FC convoy was passing from Sariab Road when a car parked at Badini Cross exploded, killing one and injuring five others. In a similar incident, three people, including two FC personnel were

Bahrain declares martial law, violence flares

MANAMA – Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared martial law on Tuesday as his government struggled to quell an uprising by the island’s Shia majority that has drawn in troops from Saudi Arabia. The three-month state of emergency will hand wholesale power to Bahrain’s security forces, stoking sectarian tensions in one of the Gulf’s most politically volatile nations.
Disturbances continued to shake the kingdom through the day. A hospital source said two men, one Bahraini

Karachi violence continues, 7 more killed

KARACHI – Seven more people, including activists of Awami National Party (ANP) and People’s Amn Committee (PAC), were shot dead by unidentified men in fresh targeted killings across the city on Monday. Many areas of the city remained tense due to the ongoing violence including the Saddar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Pehlwan Goth, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Abul Hassan Ispahani Road, Banaras, Qasba Colony, Kati Pahari, Urdu Nagar, New Karachi and Lyari. An ANP worker was killed and two others suffered

40% of Americans link Islam to violence: poll

WASHINGTON – Four in 10 Americans believe Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions, up sharply from March 2002, six months after the September 11 attacks, according to a new Pew poll. The figure is lower than July 2004, when a post-9/11 high of 46 percent of respondents said the Muslim faith is more likely than others to foment attacks, but it marks a significant rise from the 25 percent recorded in March 2002 and 35 percent from just seven months ago.
In

Karachi reels under violence after PPP’s strike call

KARACHI – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh chapter has given a strike call for today (Friday) to protest the Supreme Court’s decision of removing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah. The party also announced that its MPAs will stage a protest walk from the Sindh Assembly building to the Sindh High Court after court proceedings are over. Karachi Transport Ittehad has backed the strike, but the Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh’s spokesman

SPARC condemns growing violence against children

LAHORE – The Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC) has shown concern over increasing violence against children. For this purpose an awareness walk was organised by the society in collaboration with Allama Iqbal High School Umer Road, Kirshan Nagar, Lahore, from the school to the Punjab Civil Secretariat. More than 100 children along with adults and the school staff participated in the awareness walk. The children carried banners addressing their rights and asking

Orangi violence escalates; 4 more gunned down

KARACHI – Four people were gunned down in separate incidents across Orangi Town on Wednesday, Pakistan Today has learnt. Police said that two friends – Muhammad Yaqoob, 42, and Ziaur Rehman – were passing through Qaddafi Chowk in Mominabad when four men on two motorcycles opened fire at them. Both friends died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) before handing them over to the heirs, the law enforcers added. SHO Imtiaz Niazi said that

100,000 flee Libya to escape violence, says UNHCR

GENEVA – The UN refugee agency said Sunday that about 100,000 foreign migrants, mainly Egyptians and Tunisians, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil.
“UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support the migrants,” officer of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. The Red Crescent said the migrants entered at the Ras Jedir post on Saturday.

Lorgat flays ticket violence

BANGALORE – International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday condemned the violent scenes amid the World Cup ticket fiasco which saw desperate fans baton-charged by police. Lorgat, keen to rescue what has quickly become a public relations disaster, also apologised for a system that has left thousands of fans with no hope of seeing marquee matches. The controversy over ticket distribution and availability, especially at Bangalore, where India play England on

Violence against women continues

ISLAMABAD – Punjab stood first in violence against women in 2010 registering 5492 of the total 8000 incidents reported through out the Pakistan during the same year. This was revealed in a report highlighting the situation of violence against women in Pakistan in 2010 released by the Aurat Foundation and Violence against Women watch Group here on Thursday.
Titled the “3rd Annual Statistics of Violence against Women,” the report splits offences reported from all over Pakistan and

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