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Paramilitary deployed after 34 killed in Pakistan

08-03-2011 13:21 BJT

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Pakistani authorities have called in 1,000 paramilitary troops to Karachi, trying to contain rising violence. Officials say 34 people have been killed in less than two days, part of a broader pattern of violence that claimed the lives of more than 300 in July.

This is yet another distraction for lawmakers as the country continues its fight against a Taliban led insurgency. Authorities say the cause of much of the fighting is attributed to rival factions allegedly affiliated with the city's main political parties. The recent violence follows a decision in late June by the most powerful political party in Karachi, the "M-Q-M", to change sides, leaving the federal led coalition, and joining the opposition.

Mohammad Islam, a local resident, said, "I was returning from my job. When I reached here I was told that the area was cordoned off and that an operation was continuing in the area. We have been asked not to head home. It has become routine and reaching home safely is not guaranteed. How can one go to work? Will we return safely or not, nobody knows."

Pakistani authorities have called in 1,000 paramilitary troops to Karachi, trying to contain rising violence. Officials say 34 people have been killed in less than two days, part of a broader pattern of violence that claimed the lives of more than 300 in July.

Pakistani authorities have called in 1,000 paramilitary troops to Karachi, trying to contain rising violence. Officials say 34 people have been killed in less than two days, part of a broader pattern of violence that claimed the lives of more than 300 in July.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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