77pc of target killing victims common citizens

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Killing in Karachi on sectarian grounds makes just over 3 percent of the total target killings in the portside city.

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Target killers in the seaside metropolis have mostly gunned down common citizens, reveals an official report obtained by The Frontier Post.

The report compiled by Sindh police has recorded the data of targeted killings that occurred during 2014 and the first quarter of the ongoing year. According to report most of those who have fallen prey to the city violence include 729 innocent citizens who make over 77 percent of the total killings.

The second highest number of victims is that of police personnel who are gunned down after short intervals, the report informs. The target killers have gunned down 130 policemen in 2014 and 13 during the first quarter of the ongoing year.

Interestingly, killings on sectarian grounds get exaggerated coverage in media but official record informs that only 10 Shia and 15 Sunnis were killed in 2014 whereas with additional quarter of the current year the number of both sects equaled as target killers shot down 6 Shia and one Sunni only in the ongoing year.

If one sums up both the killing of people from both sects are just over 3 percent of the total target killings in the portside city.

According to report four workers of Awami National Party (ANP), six members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), four workers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and two activists of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have also fallen prey to the violence in restive metropolis during the reported fifteen months period.

If one sums up the killings on political basis it makes less than two percent of the total city killings. According to report nine doctors, one professor, three polio and three media workers have also been killed in 2014 and 2015.

The terrorists have also killed six personnel of paramilitary Rangers, one PAF and one army personnel in Karachi during the reported period.

Two officials of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and National Highway Authority (NHA) were also killed in Karachi, the report states.

Originally Published here


Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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