Daily brief: Strikes paralyze Karachi

Abrupt halt Karachi’s streets emptied Tuesday as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a "day of mourning" in the city, as the death toll from a week of violence passed 100 (BBC, AP, ET, AFP, Dawn, ET). The Sindh provincial government said Monday that they would immediately pursue "surgical operations" in violence-wracked parts of ...

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Abrupt halt

Karachi's streets emptied Tuesday as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a "day of mourning" in the city, as the death toll from a week of violence passed 100 (BBC, AP, ET, AFP, Dawn, ET). The Sindh provincial government said Monday that they would immediately pursue "surgical operations" in violence-wracked parts of the city, while the Sindh High Court heard a petition calling for the army to intervene to bring order to Karachi (Dawn, ET, ET, Dawn). Sindh senior minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza lashed out at the federal government for its handling of the security situation in Karachi Monday, while unnamed Pakistani security agencies claim that Baluch insurgents are helping stoke the violence there (Dawn, ET). Representatives from the MQM and Awami National Party (ANP) refused to meet Pakistani prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Monday, while MQM head Altaf Hussain called on Gilani to resign if the government cannot bring the situation in Karachi under control (Dawn, DT, ET).

A suspected U.S. drone strike reportedly killed up to five militants traveling in a vehicle in North Waziristan Monday (ET, AFP, DT, CNN). Police in Pakistan's northern Buner district have detained 10 people in connection with an attack Sunday on the education minister for Khyber-Puktunkhwa province, while in Upper Dir a "senior police official" said that the government would help provide support to a local armed militia, or lashkar, fighting militants in the area (ET, Dawn).

Abrupt halt

Karachi’s streets emptied Tuesday as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a "day of mourning" in the city, as the death toll from a week of violence passed 100 (BBC, AP, ET, AFP, Dawn, ET). The Sindh provincial government said Monday that they would immediately pursue "surgical operations" in violence-wracked parts of the city, while the Sindh High Court heard a petition calling for the army to intervene to bring order to Karachi (Dawn, ET, ET, Dawn). Sindh senior minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza lashed out at the federal government for its handling of the security situation in Karachi Monday, while unnamed Pakistani security agencies claim that Baluch insurgents are helping stoke the violence there (Dawn, ET). Representatives from the MQM and Awami National Party (ANP) refused to meet Pakistani prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Monday, while MQM head Altaf Hussain called on Gilani to resign if the government cannot bring the situation in Karachi under control (Dawn, DT, ET).

A suspected U.S. drone strike reportedly killed up to five militants traveling in a vehicle in North Waziristan Monday (ET, AFP, DT, CNN). Police in Pakistan’s northern Buner district have detained 10 people in connection with an attack Sunday on the education minister for Khyber-Puktunkhwa province, while in Upper Dir a "senior police official" said that the government would help provide support to a local armed militia, or lashkar, fighting militants in the area (ET, Dawn).

Baluchistan’s election minister announced Monday that 1.2 million names had been taken off voter rolls in the province due to an inability to confirm their identities, while Baluchistan’s parliament failed to vote on legislation devolving power to the province Monday when only 10 out of 65 lawmakers showed up for the vote (Dawn, ET). And militants set fire to a total of 19 NATO fuel trucks destined for Afghanistan Monday in Baluchistan’s Mastung district (Dawn, ET, CNN).

Protest march

After a statement from U.N. chief in Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura in support of the decision by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Committee (IEC) to remove nine lawmakers from the country’s parliament, as many as 700 people protested in Kabul, chanting anti-U.N. and anti-democracy slogans (Pajhwok, AFP). The Times reports that in Helmand, angry villagers beat to death a purported Taliban commander and his bodyguard after the pair killed a 60-year-old man whom they accused of working with the Afghan government (NYT). And two German men on a mountain-climbing trip between Baghlan and Parwan provinces have been missing for several days (AFP, Pajhwok).

And the award goes to…

The United Nations has given their International Female Police Peacekeeper award to Pakistani police deputy superintendent Shahzadi Gulfam (ET). Gulfam, currently serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, joined the Punjab police force in 1985.

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