Six killed, 12 injured in Karachi violence

April 9th, 2008 - 10:24 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, April 9 (Xinhua) Six people were killed and 12 injured Wednesday when shootings and arson broke out in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi following the overnight manhandling of a former Pakistani minister, Dawn TV reported. Sher Afgan Niazi, former parliamentary affairs minister who was known as an ardent supporter of President Pervez Musharraf, was roughed up by a crowd of lawyers in the eastern city of Lahore Tuesday evening as he was brought out of a building that was besieged by attorneys for more than four hours.

In reaction, a group of activists of the ethnic Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party that supports Musharraf clashed with attorneys in Karachi, the country’s commercial hub.

The clashes turned violent as mobs set dozens of vehicles and some buildings on fire and TV reports said four bodies were recovered from a gutted city plaza.

Incidents of firing were also reported in various parts of the city, and all markets in the city were closed after the violence broke out.

Rangers, a paramilitary force, and the police were called to prevent the violence from spreading.

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