KARACHI The fresh wave of unabated politico-ethnic killings, which erupted after the assassination of Raza Haider, an MQM member of Sindh Assembly, claimed 48 lives while over 100 others were wounded across the metropolis in two days, the figures confirmed by hospital sources. The killing spree continued Tuesday and bodies were shifted to various hospitals from different areas of the metropolis, as people remained indoors amid violence and the three-day mourning call given by the MQM. As many as 16 bodies were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), 15 to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and 12 to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) while two gunshots victims were brought to the Qatar Hospital. Twenty-two of the victims are yet to be identified at the City morgue. Property worth millions of rupees have been set ablaze during the last 24 hours which included markets, hotels, petrol pumps, pushcarts and at least 45 vehicles. Despite the deployment and grant of more powers to the Rangers, the law enforcers were seemingly the silent spectators, focusing on patrolling outside the troubled areas and unable to secure the public and private property. A huge financial loss has been reported from Gulistan-e-Johar where unknown miscreants set shops, hotels and a furniture market of the rival ethnic population on fire. Similarly, Chawla Market in Nazimabad and a timber market in Korangi were reduced to ashes while several shops were also gutted in Super Market in Liaquatabad. Intermittent firing was continuing in various areas while majority of those killed or wounded were mostly 'non-combatants. Most of them were either targeted at their workplaces or while passing through the sensitive areas of Banaras, Orangi Town, Abul Hassan Isphahani Road, Shah Faisal Colony, Malir and others, where exchange of fire between the rival ethnic groups was still going on. Bodies rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Qatar Hospital were mostly of the passers-by trying to reach their homes or workplace as they had no option but to cross the volatile areas of Banaras, Qasba Colony, Ali Ghar Colony and Katti Pahari. It is pertinent to mention that Orangi Town, predominantly inhabited by Urdu speaking population of more than one million, is completely surrounded by Pakhtun dominated areas where gun battles between the rival ethnic groups has became a routine matter but the authorities concerned are unable to construct the years old project of Banaras Bridge, which can reduce the number of increasing number of casualties. On the other hand, the law enforcers have blocked most of roads for vehicular traffic. When contacted, an officer deployed at Rashid Minhas Road told The Nation, We are just obeying the orders of the high-ups without asking the about reasoning.