September bloodiest month for Karachi

KARACHI - September remained the bloodiest month of 2012 for violent-torn Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, according to a report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Tue 30 Oct 2012, 9:10 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

The report, based on accounts from the newspapers and other sources, claimed that 566 people died across Karachi in violence and mishaps in September and since the beginning of the current year, 2,291 people have lost their lives in the city where law enforcers seem to be helpless.

The month of September also witnessed a sharp rise in sectarian killings, murder after abduction, apolitical killings and people killed by stray bullets. In September, 52 people were abducted and killed later as compared to 30 such incidents in August. The highest number of sectarian killings this year occurred in September, with 14 people gunned down in targeted attacks. The previous month was deadly one for the city’s policemen also as 20 cops were shot dead across Karachi. At least 19 people were killed by stray bullets and 17 were slain because of personal enmities.

While the murders of political activists went down slightly in September than August, 99 people who had no political affiliations were also targeted. Last month, 37 political activists were killed while the death toll was 53 in August.

“Kidnappings and killings are becoming a dangerous phenomenon. People who refuse to give extortion mostly face this type of violence. Police are becoming helpless and are failing to answer people,” said Abdul Hai of the HRCP.

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