July 14 - At least 11 are dead after fighting breaks out in Pakistan's commercial hub after a political leader criticized the city's dominant political group. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Violence grips Karachi. At least 11 are dead after fighting breaks out in Pakistan's' commercial Capitol after a senior ruling party leader criticizes the city's dominant political group. SOUNDBITE: ZulfiQar Mirza is a Minister in the Sindh Provincial Assembly, saying (Urdu): "I appeal to the people of Karachi especially, and of Hyderabad, to stand up for yourselves, for Pakistan, for Karachi and for your innocent children, and rid yourselves of these cursed ones (MQM leaders)." Shops are closed and some streets deserted Thursday after a night of rampages in the city of 18 million people. As the commercial hub, upheaval in Karachi could disturb industrial activity and have serious consequences for the economy. The latest incidents come after a surge of violence in Karachi last week, which left more than 100 people dead. The country is struggling to control a rising Taliban insurgency in the northwest along the border with Afghanistan, while militant attacks in bigger cities are also on the rise. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.