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Taliban Vs Anti-Taliban Kill 25 In Karachi

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Suspected political violence kills 25 in Pakistan

By Ashraf Khan, Associated Press Writer Sun Oct 17, 2010

KARACHI, Pakistan – Gunmen have killed at least 25 people in Karachi in the past 24 hours, raising tensions in Pakistan’s largest city as voters cast ballots Sunday to replace a provincial lawmaker murdered in August.

Police said they were still investigating the motives behind the shootings, but many so-called "target killings" in Karachi have been linked to gangs controlled by the city’s main political parties, which have been feuding for much of the last 20 years

The two parties most linked to violence in Karachi — the Muttahida Quami Movement and the Awami National Party — have their electoral bases in different ethnic groups that make up a large chunk of the city’s population.

The MQM claims to represent the Urdu-speaking descendants of those people who came to Karachi from India soon after the birth of Pakistan in 1947. It is secular and likes to speak out against the so-called Talibanization of the city, a jab at the Awami National Party, which represents the ethnic Pashtuns from the Taliban heartland in the northwest.

And we can’t have people speaking out against the Taliban.

Raza Haider, the member of the provincial assembly who was gunned down in August, was a senior member of the MQM. In the wake of the shooting, the MQM accused the ANP of supporting Islamist militants suspected of being behind the murder — an allegation denied by the ANP.

Both parties were competing for Haider’s vacant seat, but the ANP announced Saturday evening that it would boycott the election, saying the MQM would rig the vote. The shootings began around the time the ANP made its announcement…

Pakistan is going to hell in a hand basket.

And our President, despite having majored in international affairs as an undergraduate, seems powerless to stop it.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Taliban Vs Anti-Taliban Kill 25 In Karachi”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Wake me when it’s half time.

  2. Right of the People says:

    If only we could get them to stay in their own countries and just kill each other.

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