At Least 49 Killed in Pakistani City of Karachi
Police say at least 49 people have been killed in political and ethnic violence in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi in the last three days.
Gunmen opened fire on buses Thursday, with more than 22 people killed in the latest unrest throughout the city.
Police blame clashes between rival political groups in Sindh province, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP).
The MQM largely represents the Urdu-speaking community, and until last month was part of the ruling coalition in Sindh. ANP represents ethnic Pashtuns.
MQM leader Raza Haroon on Thursday threatened a city-wide strike and said provincial lawmakers would rally Friday to protest the government’s inaction to quell the violence. He said MQM supporters were being targeted because the party quit the coalition.