Although the federal and provincial governments like to claim that the law and order situation of Karachi has improved since a targeted operation was launched in the city in September last year, the actual numbers paint a different picture.
Of the 153 people killed during the past month, 73 victims (48 percent) were “non-political persons”, according to a report released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The number of dead bodies found in the city in the month of January alone is a staggering 44.
Human rights activists say that extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies are partly to blame, and the statistics speak for themselves – 27 of those 44 were killed in ‘police encounters’, a number that is officially accepted by LEAs. (more…)