|A woman weeps over the dead body of her relative who was gunned down in Malir area, at a hospital in Karachi on Friday.|
Thirteen people were killed and 15 injured in an exchange of fire between two groups in the Malir area of Karachi on Friday.All businesses and shops were shut down after a shootout took place between two groups in the Khokrapar area of Malir.According to police two rival criminal groups residing in Khokrapar area of Malir on Friday morning traded fire due to unknown reasons. The intense fire continued for hours and the two sides used heavy and automatic weapons against each other.In exchange of fire 13 persons from both groups were killed and 15 others were reported injured.Heavy contingent of police and rangers personnel in armoured personnel carriers reached the area after the clash and brought the situation under control.However, fear gripped the area in Jinnah Square, Mehran Town and Liaquat Town areas of Malir. Shops and markets in the said areas were closed as the firing started.The injured people were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Complex (JPMC) Hospital for medical treatment and according to hospital sources condition of several injured people was serious.Inspector General Sindh Wajid Durrani said a door-to-door search operation will be conducted in the area.Later, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) strongly protested against the firing on the floor of the Sindh Assembly and claimed that four party workers were killed in the incident.MQM leader Sheikh Afzal alleged that the party had contacted the police, and had been informed that they did not have orders to enter the area.Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chief Ahmed Chinoy said the situation in the city was under control and law enforcement agencies are trying their best to maintain peace. The newly nominated opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Raza Haroon demanded of the government to take action against target killers in Karachi.Speaking to the media after the MQM staged a walkout from Sindh Assembly, Haroon claimed MQM workers were being targeted in Karachi and alleged that some people in the government were giving protection to the killers.He said the government has yet to take action and arrest those involved in today’s incident.Raza Haroon blamed that his party activists and supporters were being targeted and unlawful elements have been given free hand to control some areas in the city including Malir.Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani condemning the Malir situation has asked the interior ministry to submit report immediately.During his address in the National Assembly, Giani said that Karachi is the backbone of country and no one will be allowed to make the situation worst in the city. “The stability in the city is the stability of the country.” He said that all the political parties have to resolve Karachi’s law and order situation.Meanwhile, talking to media at the Parliament House on Friday, Haider Abbas Rizvi demanded that the terrorists arrested in Karachi should be brought before the public. He alleged that the situation in Karachi was being worsened through a pre-planned conspiracy. The MQM parliamentary leader warned that the economy of the country would be destroyed if peace was not restored in the mega city. He said the mass killings continued in Karachi for five days but Rangers were not called. He said only in Katti Pahari area 110 people were killed in five days. Haider Abbas Rizvi said that the MQM supporters were being martyred in Malir and Landhi localities of Karachi. He said the Inspector General Police was repeatedly claiming that the situation would be brought under control but it was deteriorating with the passage of every day. He said in a few hours time eight persons were killed in Malir on Friday.The MQM leader appealed the prime minister to take personal notice of the serious situation in Karachi.He alleged that the federal government was indulged in massive rigging in AJK elections and every attempt was made to keep MQM away from them. He said the party has moved the court against rigging in the elections. He demanded that the AJK election be disbanded and fresh elections held in the Azad territory.