A senior Pakistan navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said.

The couple were shot on a busy thoroughfare near the National Stadium.

Two gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted Captain Nadeem's vehicle and opened fire, killing him on the spot, a local police official told AFP.

Nadeem's wife sustained a bullet injury in the attack and has been taken to a naval hospital, he added.

Nadeem taught at the Karachi campus of the National University of Sciences and Technology.

A naval intelligence official also confirmed the killing.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Earlier on Feb 27, a lieutenant commander of the Pakistan Navy was wounded in an attack in Karachi’s Keamari area. He later succumbed to his injuries.

In another incident on Feb 7 a naval officer and his wife were injured in a mysterious explosion in their car near the city’s Karsaz area.

Moreover, in May 2011, Taliban militants raided a naval base in the city, destroying two P-3C Orion surveillance planes and killing 10 personnel in a 17-hour assault.

Karachi, which is Pakistan's largest city, is suffering from an unprecedented wave of killings and kidnappings blamed on militants, criminals, and ethnic and political tensions.

Gang wars fed by ethnic and political bitterness, drugs and the Taliban, have created a culture of impunity in the city of 18 million, and the past two years have seen record death tolls.

In the first six months of 2013, 1,726 people were killed compared with a previous high of 1,215 in the same period last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

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Hazarath Khan
September 4, 2013 3:02 pm

The government and the political leaders are playing dirty games while even top military officers are killed. What type of government Nawaz Shariff runs?

Tuba Fida
September 4, 2013 3:10 pm

May Allah rest his soul in peace.He is my cousin

September 4, 2013 3:12 pm

Why am I not surprised ??

Salah uddin
September 4, 2013 4:38 pm

So the carnage continues, roughly 300 targeted every months. Pakistan's external enemies need not bother, we ourselves are destroying Pakistan by implosion.

September 4, 2013 5:29 pm

The administration needs to speak the truth and honesty with Pakistani citizens…Exaggerating our progress in defeating the insurgencies and terrorism. There are painting a dangerous picture. It has already cost us many lives and probably our country… we need to wise up and perform a delicate surgery even if we have to wipe out our intelligence and revamp them. We have to ensure that the quality and the capability of our forces will be good enough to with stand challenges the insurgent and terrorist will present. People have lost faith and hope.. We cannot succeed in beating the terrorist unless we convince the people that they can be protected…

sabeeh omer
September 4, 2013 5:54 pm

While the Prime Minister is chairing a high level meeting on Karachi's security, it appears the message is being conveyed to the government hig-ups"do whatever you want. We'll have our way!"

September 4, 2013 7:59 pm

May be CIA covert operation against nation....don't be surprised read read the book "The way of the knife" by Mark Mazetti.

September 4, 2013 8:04 pm

@Tuba Fida: was he killed on sectarian basis?

salman chippa
September 4, 2013 8:40 pm

@Hazarath Khan: I am not sure what you meant by "even top military officers are killed" every life is precious regardless colour, religion or any race. So think before you post.

salman chippa
September 4, 2013 8:47 pm

@Parvez: Because he was not your family member that's why... But please do remember that he was our brother in islam....

September 4, 2013 9:03 pm

We are not unfamiliar with top security officers blaming their impotence on political backing of terrorists in Pakistan. With new revelations of Naval officers running ransom racket from Naval HQ lately, what would top security officers say about that?

September 4, 2013 10:12 pm

And you are saying you are lot of patriot!! Killing your own armed force. I am shock to know that your own saviour are killed by ethnic violence.

Saima Khan
September 4, 2013 10:55 pm

Army Operation Needed!!!

Police and Rangers are Immoral, CM Sindh has no integrity, if he is a commander of this operation than ALLAH HEE TAKE CARE. Operation under CM Sindh will be a huge TOPI DRAMA from NZ government.

September 4, 2013 11:39 pm

This is not good news, If military isn't save then how can they protect us our family,city.country. Terrorist are too strong than our force. No any other words say. May ALLAH mercy on him during the test of grave.

thulluka kolli
September 5, 2013 12:11 am

@Salah uddin: Expedite please. We are waiting.

September 5, 2013 3:07 am

@Tuba Fida:

May Allah give sabr to the family . This kind of tragedy is hard to accept and very difficult to deal with. I am so sorry for your loss .

September 5, 2013 4:41 am

I hope and pray its about time for political leaders and Pak armed forces to be serious and take severe measures to curb violence in Karachi. The most populous city in the nation.

dr vimal raina
September 5, 2013 9:21 am

How long does it take for a message, all written in blood and gory, to get delivered? What will wake you up from your stupor? Even splash of blood stains does not wake you up. God deliver us.

September 6, 2013 3:02 pm

Enough is enough. These terrorists be considered as GHADDARS and there punishment be death. Whenever they are coaught, they should be killed.

September 7, 2013 4:13 am

Why are Naval Officers being gunned down? What is the reason for this? Is this a security breach or a failed land grabbing deal? We must find out

September 7, 2013 4:16 am

@HM: It seems that all the land of the Navy is being targeted by the political criminals. When Naval officers do not agree to hand over the Navy's land, they are probably murdered and the killers given protection.

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