LAHORE – Some 1,757 people, including security personnel, were killed in Karachi during the first ten months of 2012, reveals the data compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

According to the data, on average, 175 people have been killed every month in incidents of violence in Karachi.

The deadliest month for Karachiites was October in which 240 people fell prey to violence, while fewest deaths were reported in February when 98 people were killed.  According to the findings of the HRCP, 107 people were killed in January 2012, 98 in February, 131 in March, 214 in April, 188 in May, 184 in June, 187 in July, 172 in August, 236 in September and 240 people were perished in October.

Among the killed, 1,554 people were the victims of target killing.

The HRCP report says that 54 people were targeted in sectarian killings, 319 were abducted and killed, 313 political activists were killed and 692 non-political people were shot dead. Besides, 52 dead bodies were found and seven security guards were also killed during separate incidents between January and October 2012. Layari gang war claimed 105 lives while 112 people were eliminated in bomb blasts.

Additionally, 89 people were killed in police encounters, while 101 policemen were also killed. The data reveals that eight soldiers/paramilitary personnel were killed while four people were killed by police and paramilitary personnel.

During October, three workers of the MQM-Haqeeqi, 12 of the MQM, four of the ANP four five of PPP, 20 of the Jamat-e-Ahle Sunnat, two of the Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the Sunni Tehrik and one activist of the Jiye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz was killed.

In September, 17 workers of the MQM were removed in target killing, two of the MQM-H, one of the ANP, nine of the PPP, seven of the Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat and one activist of the Sunni Tehrik fell prey to target killing.

In the first 12 days of November, about 100 people have been killed in the various incidents.

As Muharram is about to start, fear of sectarian violence in Karachi is surging.

A big responsibility lies on the shoulders of law enforcement agencies to stave off any untoward incidents in the sacred month of Muharram.

1,757 killed until October