More than 1,000 people have been killed in seven months in Karachi – the southern port city and Pakistan’s financial capital. Land disputes, land-grabbing, sectarian and ethnic strife, militants moving in from the northwest for refuge, all these factors have combined to make the city of lights where almost 20 million live a difficult place.
Instructions have been issued for enhancing security measures during Ramazan which started on Thursday but whether that will dent the spiraling killing spree is open to question. Karachi’s dreadful orgy of violence last week, saw nearly 100 people killed in a period of only three days.
The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi Waseem Ahmed on Thursday said that out of the 1,000 deaths this year, more than 200 were victims of target killings. Police had succeeded in arresting several culprits involved in the killings, he added.
The police chief said over 300 localities of the city have been declared sensitive.


We also have information on groups planning ethnic and sectarian unrest during the holy month of Ramazan, Ahmed cautioned.
Meanwhile, prices of many commodities that remain in high demand in Ramazan have almost doubled in the city as compared to their rates last year in same month.
The city government issued an incomplete price list on Wednesday as it failed to accomplish the task of ensuring a curb on profiteering, hoarding and overcharging, reported DawnNews.
Ironically, sugar, ghee, cooking oil, wheat flour and fresh milk appeared to be missing from the city government price list, although all these items are essential for Ramazan-specific recipes.
This sudden price hikes may add fuel to the fire already raging the city, observed one Karachiite.