Karachi’s death toll crossed 40 on Sunday, while stakeholders bickered about the culprit behind the targeted killings in the city.
British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who visited the city on Sunday, also appealed for calm, saying any violence in Karachi invariably affected the peace of the whole country.
The killings — which both the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement claim are regrettable — have also raised questions about the future of the political coalition between the two parties both in the Centre as well as in the Sindh province.
On Sunday, details of the victims were collected by the government as the Sindh governor called a meeting to diffuse the situation through dialogue.
But MQM leader Farooq Sattar criticised Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Provincial Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza — both PPP members.
Earlier on Sunday, police officials said three bodies were found, pushing the toll to 40 and several others injured, in target killing incidents in Karachi during the last 48 hours.