KARACHI - Fresh political and ethnic
violence gripped Pakistan's commercial capital over the past
three days, leaving up to 44 people dead and taking the death
toll for July to 339, city police said on Monday.
Most of the weekend's casualties were reported in the city's
eastern Malir, Landhi and adjoining areas, a multi-ethnic,
lower middle class neighborhood.
"We have identified the people and at least 200 police
commandos will be dispatched to search and arrest these people,"
said Naeem Boroka, a senior police official in Karachi's eastern
Police said there was no clear reason for the latest bout of
fighting. The city, home to more than 18 million people, has a
long history of ethnic, religious and sectarian violence and
local quarrels and political disputes can often explode into
battles engulfing entire districts.
The areas affected are home to both Pashtuns and Muhajirs,
the descendents of Urdu-speaking refugees who fled India to
settle in Karachi in 1947 following the sub-continent's