KARACHI – The country’s financial hub and largest city is once again under the grip of deteriorating law and order situation, as more than 400 people have been killed in the scourge of targeted killing in the metropolis since January 1.The country’s establishment, which is usually called an invisible government, is responsible for the worsening security situation, in which police and law-enforcement agencies have completely failed to contain criminals, who usually target not only activists of religious, political and ethnic parties, but also innocent citizens belonging to a specific religious community.These views were expressed by the participants of funeral of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director Qamar Raza held on Sunday at Ancholi Imambargah. Hundreds of people, including personnel of IB and law-enforcement agencies, attended the funeral. Talking to The Nation, a police official, declined to be named, said that political, religious and ethnic reasons were behind the menace of targeted killing in Karachi. He said that sectarian violence was pronounced not only in Karachi, but in other parts of the country as well.Shia leader Aftab Jaffari said that killing of Shia Muslims was on the rise not only in Karachi but also in various parts of the country. “Islamist militants are involved in the killings of innocent people in the name of religion,” he said, and added that hundreds of doctors, engineers, research scholars, government officers, literary and political personalities belonging to the Shia community had been killed in sectarian violence. “The government has become silent spectator and showing criminal negligence towards the bleeding issue. Dozens of people, belonging to Shia Hazara Community, have been killed in Balochistan on the name of religion and sects. Pakistani government needs to immediately eradicate fanatics from the country,” he said. A relative of the deceased said that the present law and order situation showed that Karachi had become a safe-haven for killers and fanatics.“Qamar Raza was very innocent person. Why did fanatics kill him? The killing of the IB Officer has exposed the tall claims of the government about the law and order situation, and reveals that no one is safe in this city, where criminals have taken the control of the city,” he said.Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director Qamar Raza was shot dead in FC area on Saturday. According to police officials, Qamar Raza was ambushed by two unidentified assailants when he was returning from a walk to his apartment in Sharifabad. The body was shifted to a hospital for medico-legal formalities. Investigating is in an advanced stage. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the killing of the IB deputy director, Qamar Raza, and directed the Sindh Police chief to arrest those involved in the incident immediately. The chief minister expressed sorrow over the murder of Qamar Raza and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family.