Pakistan’s largest city and economic capital exploded in violence yesterday and today, as rival criminal gangs allied with various political parties battled one another in the streets.Karachi’s months-long descent into utter chaos has sharply accelerated since the city’s main political party resigned from the government last week. Over 60 people have reportedly been killed since Tuesday night.
Orangi Town, a northwestern section of the city, has completely shut down; any resident who ventures into public space is immediately fired upon, according to the Express Tribune.
City bus drivers have gone on strike until they are provided better protection from the armed gangs. Several buses have been “intercepted” in recent days, and passengers indiscriminately shot, according to Agence France-Presse.
Fuel pumps have closed, leaving commuters stranded, and city roads are completely gridlocked.
A report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan released recently said that over 1,100 people have been killed in Karachi since the beginning of the year.
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