Karachi violence claimed 1,257 lives in 6 months: HRCP
* During first six months of 2011, figure was 1,138
KARACHI: Despite tall claims of government and police, there is no respite in the targeted killings in Karachi, as according to the data of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), targeted killings and other crimes have claimed at least 1,257 lives in Karachi during last six months.
According to statistics compiled by the HRCP Karachi chapter, a total of 1,257 people were killed in the city during first six months of 2012, with 972 fall prey to targeted killings, which is 77 percent of the total killings, on different grounds, including sectarian, personal enmities, bomb blasts, Lyari gang war and abduction. While during first six months of 2011, the figure was 1,138.
According to HRCP report, a total of 972 people were targeted killed, of them 135 gunned down were political activists, 27 shot dead in sectarian killings, 84 in Lyari gang war, 160 abducted and killed, two burnt to death, 42 killed by robbers, 87 killed due to enmity, 39 dead bodies found, seven security guards killed on duty, four died in prisons, eight in bomb blasts and 11 in Karo-Kari (honour killing). Of total 972 targeted killings, the HRCP figure shows that 366 people with no political affiliation were killed this year in first six months while 250 killings were reported during the corresponding period of the last year.
According to the statistics, women killed during the same period include – 24 by relatives, 12 by unidentified culprits, 13 targeted killed, four were set on fire, four each killed by robbers, burnt to death and Lyari gang war, 12 on pretext of Karo-Kari and one each killed by stray bullets, drug addiction and in bomb blasts.
Of the total 99 killings related to law enforcement agencies, 48 killed in police encounters, 44 policemen were gunned down in different incidents, three killed in police custody, three soldier/paramilitary and one person killed by soldier/paramilitary.
Of the 64 children killed in different incidents, 11 killed by stray bullets, seven targeted killings, seven falling into canal/drains, five abducted and killed, six abducted, raped and killed, four Lyari gang war, five by robbers, five on grounds of personal enmity, seven newborn dumped, two killed after ransom payment, two on railway track while one by soldier/paramilitary.
While those killed for other reasons include 16 after drinking toxic wine, 12 men killed on railway track, nine by stray bullets and five drug addicts (found dead) taking the toll to 42 people.