10 killed in violence after ANP leader's assassination
At least 10 people were killed in violence which broke out after a Pakistani provincial leader of Awami National Party was gunned down by unknown assailants on Thursday.world Updated: Aug 19, 2010 23:45 IST
At least 10 people were killed in violence which broke out after a Pakistani provincial leader of Awami National Party was gunned down by unknown assailants on Thursday.
Police and rescue officials confirmed that 10 persons have lost their lives and 16 others were injured in separate incidents of firing, arson and loot in some parts of the city after ANP leader Ubaidullah Yousuf Zai's assassination.
The fresh incident of violence comes after 90 people were killed and over 100 got injured in riots that rocked the city for four days after a leader of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement Reza Haider was killed on August 2 with his bodyguard when he was attending funeral prayers of a relative in a mosque.
As soon as the news Zai's killing broke, Karachi descended into disorder with incidents of killings, firing and arson were reported across from the city.
Over a dozen vehicles were reportedly torched in various parts of the city.
Many commercial centres were seen shut down with commuters struggling for safety and to get back home as long traffic jams were witnessed on the main roads.
The ANP and MQM are coalition partners with the Pakistan People's Party in Sindh province, but have not seen eye to eye on many issues with the MQM claiming the ANP, which represents the Pashtuns, is supporting land mafias and drug dealers.
Over 250 people have died this year in violence, an aftermath of targeted killings.
First Published: Aug 19, 2010 23:44 IST