Saturday, August 20, 2011

Karachi Bleeding, Government Sleeping - Updates: Three Cops Killed, Death Toll Reaches 65 in Past Three Days

KARACHI – At least three police cops were killed and 30 other injured late on Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police van, triggering intense cross-firing, official sources declared.

At Least 65 Killed in Latest Surge of Political Violence and Gag War

The police commandos, in civil clothes, were targeted in the eastern neighbourhood of Korangi, which has been unaffected from the political and ethnically linked violence that has surged through the city.

Latest wave of gang and political violence has claimed at least 65 lives in past three days in Karachi, one of the biggest city and commercial hub of Pakistan. Government is yet to respond the demand from business groups to deploy the army in the city.

Television footage showed the commandos being carried into vehicles heading to hospital.

“There is law in Karachi but there is no order,” said Khalid Tawab, vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry. “Everything is going from bad to worse. The police have failed to restore peace, and now we need the army to come in.” All the main business and trade associations have made similar demands. 

Pakistan’s government is facing increased pressure from business groups to deploy the army in the commercial hub of Karachi after at least 65 people were killed in a surge of gang and political violence over the past three days.

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