Politics of blood
THIS is apropos of your editorial, ‘Politics of blood’ (April 10) and the chaos in Karachi of April 9, including the burning to death of at least five people.
You have observed that there have been dozens of targeted killings of political workers after the Feb 18 election. The majority of these, it may be noted, belong to the smaller parties.
One would like to ask why is it that
(a) there were no killings outside Karachi throughout the judicial crisis that began on March 9 of last year?
(b) On the evening of May 12, after nearly 50 people had died in the mayhem in Karachi and the CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry and his lawyers weren’t allowed to enter the city, President Musharraf had declared at a PML(Q) public meeting in Islamabad that his supporters had demonstrated their strength.
(c) the killings have once again occurred in Karachi – 13 have died by the time of this writing – during demonstrations in support of Dr Niazi, a man from the president’s camp.