Expressing concern over alarming increase in the Karachi target killings, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has said the rulers were protecting killers, extortionists and drug mafia. In a statement issued on Sunday, he said that over a dozen people were being gunned down in Karachi daily but the government had been dragging its feet over the matter, allowing the murderers, target killers and criminals to go on rampage.

He said recently, the Supreme Court had taken serious notice of the release of 35 major target killers on parole and ordered their arrest, but the rulers immediately whisked them out of the country.