A senior lawyer from the minority Shia sect who was also a counsel for several activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot dead in Karachi’s Landhi area on Wednesday.
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Police and emergency teams reached the spot and security personnel cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway. Fear and panic gripped the area after the attack, the details of which are not yet clearly known.
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Since 2007, increasing violence in Pakistan — with militants targeting political leaders, the military and police, clerics, tribal leaders, members of the Shia sect and schools — has found an urban epicentre in Karachi. A joint grand targeted operation was launched in the country’s financial capital amidst great fanfare in Sept 2013 with the hopes of improving the law and order situation in the city.