KARACHI: At least four people, including one Awami National Party (ANP) activist, were killed on Wednesday in different incidents of violence in Karachi.
A worker of the ANP was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Taisar Town near Lyari Expressway in the limits of Surjani Town police station here on Wednesday, police said.
According to an official at the station, ANP worker Umer Malook, a resident of the same area, was fatally injured when unidentified armed culprits opened fire on him at Surjani Town.
He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
ANP Sindh chief, Senator Shahi Syed has condemned the targeted killing and demanded arrest of the culprits.
In similar incidents in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Super highway, Nazar Gul and Sher Hakim were shot dead respectively.
A dead body was also found in Karimabad, Federal B area.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said in a statement that the commission is alarmed and dismayed at the latest bout of bloodletting that has taken a stranglehold on Karachi.
“About 300 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last three months,” Zohra Yusuf, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), told AFP.
The HRCP previously said 1,715 people were killed last year in sudden flare-ups of violence in the city.
“The figures compiled by our staff and the death toll for the last three months, confirmed by the police, shows the number of victims of violence was not less than 300,” Yusuf said.
The figures include the assassination of 49 political activists, while the rest of the victims were people with no political affiliations, the HRCP said.
Much of the violence has been blamed on tensions between supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party.