concerned about rising targeted killing incidents.
Chairman Human Rights Commission South Asia (HRCSA)
John Erickson has expressed deep concerns over
the growing target killing incidents in Karachi,
saying Sindh government has failed in protecting the
lives of innocent people and maintaining law and
In a press statement issued Sunday, he said hundreds
of innocent people have become victims of target
killing in Karachi. It seems that the government is
incompetent or is not willing to take any step to
curbing target killing, he added.
Despite tall claims, innocent people are being
killed in broad daylight and killers are free from
the clutches of law. He questioned as to whom are
the killers and who is patronising them.
Referring to HRCSA reports, Erickson said during
past six months, as many as 576 persons have been
killed in target killing in Karachi. Sectarian,
political tension and killing of political opponents
are main reasons behind the incidents.
The report added that Karachi city, with population
of 1.80 crore (over 10 million), has been crippled
due to lawlessness. Chairman HRCSA said political
parties are playing tug of war just to capture
Karachi for ensuring their hold on the city. He
stressed that in order to maintain law and order and
eliminate target killing, workers of political
parties should be unarmed. It is the responsibility
of the government to provide protection to the
masses and apprehend persons involved in target
killing, he concluded.