01 August, 2014 / Shawwal 4, 1435

Operation Lyari

For the last several days, the densely populated neighbourhood of Lyari has been echoing with endless volleys of gunfire. At times the sound of gunfire is interrupted by rocket-propelled grenades, forcing most residents to either remain indoors or run for life.

Violence seems to have become a permanent feature of life in one of the oldest and most impoverished neighbourhoods in Karachi. In the latest round of bloodletting, security forces have squared off against gunmen and ‘gangsters’ following the murder of a seasoned Pakistan People’s Party activist on Thursday.

However, while security forces confronted gunmen armed with grenades and other heavy weapons, many outside of Lyari are unaware of the bloodshed and lawlessness that now appears to rule Karachi’s old city area. – Photos by Agencies

Armed policemen are seen through the shattered window of a police van which was damaged during a firefight with gang members. – Photo by Reuters
Armed policemen are seen through the shattered window of a police van which was damaged during a firefight with gang members. – Photo by Reuters
Police commandos take cover during a crackdown operation against criminals. – Photo by AP
Police commandos take cover during a crackdown operation against criminals. – Photo by AP
A relative mourns at a hospital next to a dead body killed in crossfire between police and criminal gangs during the operation. Local media reported six people including a police officer were killed and several injured. – Photo by AFP
A relative mourns at a hospital next to a dead body killed in crossfire between police and criminal gangs during the operation. Local media reported six people including a police officer were killed and several injured. – Photo by AFP
A police commando fires in the air as he crosses a street during the operation against criminal gangs. – Photo by AFP
A police commando fires in the air as he crosses a street during the operation against criminal gangs. – Photo by AFP
Police commandos fire in the air during an operation against criminal gangs. – Photo by AFP
Police commandos fire in the air during an operation against criminal gangs. – Photo by AFP
A woman walks through a street during a firefight between the police and gang members. – Photo by Reuters
A woman walks through a street during a firefight between the police and gang members. – Photo by Reuters
Several police commandos enter the troubled area to carry out a crackdown against criminals. – Photo by AP
Several police commandos enter the troubled area to carry out a crackdown against criminals. – Photo by AP

Comments (5) (Closed)


Dr. Afaq Ahmad Qureshi
Apr 30, 2012 06:59am
Disturbing images but true. How the people wished that the political party alliance had seen the Karachi houses being turned into arsenals and they kept ignoring. Two years ago Nazir Naji of Jang pointed it out repeatedly. If he knew certain facts, how could the govt agencies ignore them. Petty politics and politics of vested interests, unfortunately, have played havoc with the country and people's life in Pakistan. Lyari is the beginning and please take solid steps to culminate this painful campaign to its logical end and completely (or near completely) weed out these miscreants from the streets of our city. Do not get pushed by political pressure and do not let police get influenced by the sector in-charges of various factions. Otherwise it will be sad and senseless loss of life. People were not wrong when they earlier said that the city is sitting on a volcano.
Arshad , USA
Apr 29, 2012 09:59pm
Lyari has been the strongest political support of PPP in Karachi ever since PPP was introduced by ZAB. Armed operations in Lyari shows how much PPP has participated in violence, drug trafficking and lawlessness. God save Karachi, God Bless Pakistan
Fraaz
May 08, 2012 12:13pm
Aman committee must be eliminated if we want to save the people of karachi.
Samad Ahsan
May 09, 2012 11:39am
Oh Lord save my country men, help my people.Please Allah help us.....
Cyrus Howell
Jun 09, 2012 08:38am
Chief Justice Iftikhar said that if target killings continued in Karachi, it would be difficult for the government to remain in power. So what government will Karachi have next?