Pakistan clamps down as killings surge
KARACHI, Pakistan - Authorities called in paramilitary soldiers and police to quell political and criminal violence in Pakistan’s largest city yesterday after 34 people were killed there in two days, officials said.
Violence in Karachi, a sprawling port city of 18 million, has added to the political instability in the nuclear-armed, US-allied nation and provided another distraction for the government as it fights a Taliban-led movement.
Police have found bodies scattered across different parts of the city since Monday morning, said Sharufuddin Memon, the security adviser to the chief minister of Sindh Province.
Much of the fighting is blamed on gangs allegedly thought to be affiliated with the city’s main political parties.
Memon said 11 people were gunned down yesterday, and 23 were killed the day before.
The killings fit into a broader pattern of violence in Karachi that claimed the lives of more than 300 people in July, he said.
Authorities have called in 1,000 paramilitary troops from the Frontier Corps and also police from the Frontier Constabulary, Memon said.