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KARACHI: At least eight people, including five policemen, were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

Unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire targeting a police mobile deployed for duty at the bridge linking Shah Faisal colony area of the city with the Korangi Industrial Area.

Three policemen were killed on the spot whereas another law enforcer succumbed to his wounds while under going treatment at a hospital, according to rescue officials.

All victims were shifted to the Jinnah Hospital.

Senior police officer Tahir Naveed said investigators found the policemen's bodies inside their vehicle, which had been sprayed with pistol and rifle bullets.

Naveed said the overnight attack seemed intended to demoralise the police forces.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan condemned the incident and sought a report on it from the Inspector General of Sindh Police within 48 hours.

Moreover, another policeman was killed in a shooting incident in Karachi's Manghopir area.

Similarly three people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence which occurred in the city's Orangi Town area, on the Abul Hassan Isfahani road and in Malir's Memon Goth.

Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Militants are said to use the city as a hiding place and a source of funds obtained through bank heists, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

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concerned Aug 03, 2013 12:28pm

''Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan condemned the incident and sought a report over it from the Inspector General of Sindh police within 48 hours.''

Each time and regularly when such tragedy takes pace DAWN writes the above words.Wake up DAWN follow up such stories what happens to such reports and write about it .Media still has some clout Please help.You may not even print such comments. A tragic nation for us Pakistanis.

Fazal Karim Aug 03, 2013 03:39pm

Demoralize police and rangers and rule Karachi. What are friendship. seekers doing?

TKhan Aug 03, 2013 04:08pm

Hey Mr. Governor. After every tragic incident you always sought reports by sun down. Do you ever get these reports? And if you do, what do you do with them? Being the longest serving Governor of Sindh, can we citizen give you your report card? Well, you have set very low standards to govern, and yet fail to achieve them!

MSA Aug 03, 2013 05:01pm

It's unbelievable. Is there a government in Pakistan? There is no doubt that this is a failed state. None of these politicians have been able to do any thing about it.

Musharraf was capable of taking care of these problems, and to a large extent he did; but he is in jail for those very actions. What a shame!

Jimmy Butt Aug 03, 2013 05:16pm

looking at police officers with sunken cheeks, pot bellies, and sporting sleek moustaches, they are a laughing stock of any police force in the world and sitting ducks for sponsored terrorists. Bare or no protection at all they stand no chance in the face of modern terrorism. Senior police officers have a Duty of Care to these ill-equipped and ill-trained policemen and at least offer them the best protection that there is available. A sleek uniform that is equipped with all the life saving gadgets is never worth more than a human life. Smart appearance and weapons to match the terrorist and patrolling the troubled areas in APCs with jamming facilities would save many precious lives. Who pulls whose strings and political agenda that has fuelled an orgy of violence in so called the city of lights would be a secondary thing that can dealt with the long arm of the law. Lastly, my condolence to bereaved relatives of dearly departed souls in the holy month of Ramadan.

Zak Aug 03, 2013 06:50pm

All that the governor and ministers do is ask for reports and then what, nothing seems to change............for gods sake, do something..... Oh, I forgot, you are reading the report.

canuck Aug 03, 2013 07:43pm

If something like this happens in the west, the people get enraged. The politicians have to come out and promise to find the perpetrators. And if they don't find them, guess what we don't vote for them, regardless of the party or their beliefs. Life is more previous than anything, be it beliefs, money, or whatever. Pakistanis should try this concept.

a Aug 03, 2013 08:49pm

May god rest their soul in peace. Ameen.

TKhan Aug 03, 2013 11:02pm

Looking at the photo of this fragile and weak looking policeman, can anyone guess what is on his mind? His brain is probably full with thousands of thought provoking thoughts while his frail fasting body is trying to cope. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Who am I defending and Why? Why am I defending or being attacked by my own fellow countrymen?

He is saying "Oh well, I am not suppose to talk; only listen, if I am asked to jump, all I have to say How High"; I cannot say anything else. I haven't been home in a year, I have 5 mouths to feed and 2 older sickly parents to take care of along with a jobless brother and a single sister" Oh God Help Me. Stay fasting my fellow Muslims and enjoy the bounties afforded to you. But don't judge the Man in the Uniform, try to search his soul!

Mustafa Hussain Aug 04, 2013 06:33am

This is so, because the very organisation of policing and intelligence-gathering in Karachi is out-moded, corrupt and functions as it did under the colonial rule; The powerfull ruled the police for their own interests instead of rule of the law. Pakistan , it seems, needs a police reform prior to fresh orders for the sewing and supply of more police uniforms .