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Ethnic and political violence in Pakistani city at 20-year high

Ethnic and political violence in Pakistani city at 20-year high

Updated 7 January 2013, 21:57 AEST

The number of people killed in ethnic and political violence in the Pakistani city of Karachi reached its highest level last year in 20 years in 2012.

Karachi is Pakistan's financial centre, generating more than half the country's tax income and a fifth of GDP, but the city's 18 million people are in growing fear of their own streets. The city has plenty of potent ingredients for violence: gang warfare, extremism and ethnic tensions, grinding poverty and a rapidly growing migrant population, not to mention plenty of guns.

A report by the Pakistan Citizens-Police Liaison Committee's found there were more than 2,100 murders last year. The country's Human Rights Commission says fact-finding missions it has conducted suggest around 1,800 of those murders were targeted killings.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Syed Shamsuddin, co-ordinator, Pakistan Human Rights Commission

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