Emeute meurtrière à Karachi – 20 septembre 2010

Riots in Pakistan turn deadly

aljazeera.net

20 Sep 2010

A series of attacks in Karachi leave at least 17 dead as security forces struggle to gain control of the city.

At least 17 people were killed in firing incidents in the Pakistani commercial hub of Karachi, as unidentified attackers torched at least three vehicles, police said.

Reporting for Al Jazeera from Islamabad, Kamal Hyder said that Monday’s attacks spread over a large area of the city over « tensions boiling over ethnic as well as sectarian issues. »

Two persons from minority Shi’ite community, two from a Sunni religious group and two others from a political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were gunned down in different neighbourhoods in the city. Karachi has been on edge since the stabbing death of MQM figure Imran Farooq in London on Friday. Shia leader Tanvir was then shot and killed on Sunday. Gunmen opened fired on his funeral procession, triggering riots and violence throughout Pakistan’s largest city.

Another man was killed in crossfire when protesters from the funeral clashed with security forces. Unidentified protesters burnt tyres and torched at least three vehicles.

Al Jazeera’s Hyder reports that the paramilitary forces have been « unable to control the situation » in a city « which has seen a lot of violence, including target killings as well. »

Karachi violence takes ominous turn

Dawn.com

Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2010

KARACHI: At least nine people were killed in incidents of violence in Karachi on Monday.

Commercial centres remained closed and traffic thinned out as tension and fear gripped some areas during funeral of five people who were shot dead on Sunday night.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Farooq Sattar held the federal interior ministry and the Sindh home department responsible for the renewed wave of violence in the city. “If they are not responsible, then they should tell us as to why they failed to curb the acts of terror in the city,” he said at a press conference here on Monday.

He said that conspirators wanted to malign the MQM in the eyes of the international community by linking the fresh incident of targeted killings with the assassination of Dr Imran Farooq.

At least three people were killed and six others injured on Monday during violence in Nazimabad area after a young man was killed allegedly in firing by the Rangers. He was returning home with dozens of other people after attending the funeral of a victim of target killing, officials and witnesses said.

Rizvia Society and the main Nazimabad Chowrangi turned into a battleground after an exchange of fire between the Rangers and armed men kept traffic off the roads for two hours. The residents were confined to their homes.

The incident triggered acts of arson in other parts of the city. A number of vehicles and roadside stalls were set on fire.

The Rangers and police authorities claimed that their personnel had to fire in self-defence after some armed men attacked a picket near Liaquatabad Dakkhana. “Some youngsters who were returning to the area after attending a funeral fired at a Rangers picket in Dakkhana. Our personnel only retaliated in defence,” said a spokesman for the Sindh Rangers.

Police said the exchange of fire killed two youngsters, identified as Nasir Ali and Akbar. The bodies were shifted to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital and a private health facility.

Police said the situation turned ugly when Rangers personnel chased the armed men and engaged them for an hour.

In the second incident, a young man, identified as Shahzeb Abbass, was killed in Rizvia Society. His body was shifted to the Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, which also received eight of the injured.

“The Rangers’ reaction was quite natural. They returned fire only after they came under attack. It’s absolutely a wrong impression that they fired at innocent people,” DIG West Sultan Khawja said. “The clash between the armed men and law-enforcement personnel near Rizvia Society left one assistant sub-inspector wounded.”

He said that three or four suspects had been detained and they were being interrogated. “Our force is trying to defuse the temperature and avert further losses.”

Two buses, two cars, a rickshaw and eight roadside stalls were set on fire on the road between Rizvia Society and Gulbahar. A bus was also set ablaze on Abul Hasan Isphahani Road. Five fire-fighters were injured when they came under attack near Rizvia Society.

Leaders of the Jafria Alliance Pakistan and Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen blamed law-enforcement personnel for the violence. “The mourners were returning after attending the burial of Tanveer Abbass. They were unduly attacked by the Rangers near Dakkhana,” said Allama Abbass Kumaili of the Jafria Alliance Pakistan.

He accused the paramilitary forces of fuelling the violence and called for an inquiry into the incident.

Police said that six people, an MQM worker among them, had been killed in separate incidents of firing in the city on Monday.

They said that 29-year-old Ziaul Islam, an activist of the MQM’s Bengali Action Committee, was found shot dead in a coastal locality of Korangi on Monday. The victim’s hands and legs were found tied up with rope.

In Sohrab Goth, a young man was chased and killed by armed men on motorcycles near his residence, police said. They said 35-year-old Riaz Magsi was returning home from Al Karam Square after meeting a friend in Saifullah Goth, near Khamiso Goth.

The victim, police said, hailed from Balochistan and ran a small business in Karachi. He was not associated with any political or religious party and the killing appeared to have been motivated by personal enmity.

In a Malir, Mohammad Aslam was killed outside Baba Gharib Ali Shah shrine.

The owner of a tyre puncture shop was gunned down in North Nazimabad.

“Imran, 27, was targeted inside his shop near Farooq-i-Azam Masjid,” according to the Shahrah-i-Noor Jehan police station. The victim lived in a rented residence in Nusrat Bhutto Colony.

In Bin Qasim Town, police found the slaughtered body of a young man who, they believed, was killed at least three days ago. “The victim appeared to be in his early 30s. The body, shifted to Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth, remained unidentified,” Sukkun police said.

The driver of a passenger coach was gunned down in Landhi late on Monday night. The area police said that armed men riding on a motorcycle tried to stop the Ilyas Coach near Majeed Colony, but the driver, sensing danger, pressed the accelerator. “When they failed to stop the coach, one of the men fired multiple shots. Two bullets hit the driver who died on the spot,” Sub-Inspector Muhammad Khan said.

The deceased was identified as 37-year-old Rana Gul, a resident of Ittehad Town. The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Rioters take over the streets of Karachi

Barcelona News.Net

Monday 20th September, 2010

There has been trouble in the streets of Pakistan, with a series of attacks in Karachi leading to full scale riots.

Seventeen people were declared dead as security forces struggled to gain control of the city, which was in chaos after shots were fired Monday at the funeral procession of the Shia leader, Tanvir Abbas.

Tanvir was shot and killed on Sunday.

Gunmen opened fired on the funeral procession, triggering riots and violence throughout Pakistan’s commercial city.

After the shootings, funeral-goers clashed with security forces and began to light fires and burn vehicles.

The attacks spread quickly over an area of the city where tensions have recently been simmering between the minority Shi’ite community and Sunni religious and political groups.

It is believed paramilitary forces are yet to completely stem the riots.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 21 septembre 2010.

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