A fresh wave of violence sparked by the killing of a senior PPP activist hit Pakistan’s biggest city, claiming at least 11 lives over the last 24 hours and leaving scores wounded in drive by shootings and indiscriminate aerial firing incidents.
Two incidents turned out to be flashpoints for the latest round of violence that began on Saturday. A senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, who headed the workers union in the national airlines PIA, Aamir Shah, was gunned down with his friend in a drive by shooting incident in the troubled Gulistan-e-Jauhar area, sparking more violence.
Shah, who had also served as a bodyguard to slain PM, Benazir Bhutto was shot dead with his friend, Mairaj Khalid Jagirani, by attackers on bikes.
Last week, around 16 people were killed in violence after the Mutthaida-e-Qaumi Movement party called for a strike to protest remarks by senior minister of the Sindh cabinet, Zulfiqar Mirza, against the party leadership and the Urdu speaking population.