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28 dead in Karachi violence; polling ends in PS-94
Karachi, Oct 17 (IANS/Agencies):
Published on 18 Oct. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Tension prevails in Karachi, as at least 28 people have been killed in latest incidents of violence as of today (Sunday). This comes as ANP has officially announced to boycott the by-polls for the PS-94 Karachi seat.
Dozens of others have been injured in the recent spate of shooting. Two bodies were found from Lee Market and one from Kalry area of Lyari this morning. In Baldia town, five people in a hotel were gunned down when unidentified men opened fire on them. Another young man was also killed in the same locality. Another three people were shot dead in Garden area.
A man was killed by firing in Banaras, while six people were killed in different areas of Orangi town and more than 20 were injured. CCPO Karachi Fayaz Leghari has said three people have been arrested with regard to the violence.
Taking note of the recent target killings, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed DG Rangers to improve security. He has ordered the rangers to patrol sensitive areas and take action without any discrimination.
He has also appealed to political leaders to be patient and cooperate with law enforcement agencies.
Earlier, a spokesman of the Sindh Rangers had warned of “firing and a suicide attack during the polls Sunday”. But the election commission announced that “the voting will take place as per schedule”.
Police officer Fayyaz Leghari said that “joint teams of police and Rangers had been deputed to control the situation.
The polling in PS-94 is going smoothly and fool-proof security arrangements have been made,” he said, while conceding that “there was unrest in the city otherwise”.
The Orangi Town area that forms a major part of the constituency has been a MQM stronghold and the ANP had called for the army to take over for a fair by-election. After the demand was not heeded to, the ANP boycotted the election.
MQM candidate Safullah Khalid said the “opponents tried to block entry of the voters to the polling stations but did not succeed”.
The Urdu-speaking Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pashto-speaking Awami National Party (ANP) have been constantly at loggerheads for the past several years to take political control of Karachi, the country’s financial hub.
The PS-94 constituency was vacated after the target-killing of MQM legislator Raza Haider Aug 3. MQM blamed the killing on ANP, who vehemently denied the allegation. More than 100 people were killed in violent clashes after the assassination.

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