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Another murder rocks Karachi

By B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD, JULY 30 Yet another high-profile murder has rocked the port city of Karachi and this time it involves a senior serving officer in the Ministry of Defence.

Reports reaching from the mega city said that today morning unknown armed men gunned down Syed Zafar Hussain, Director, Research Department, in the Ministry of Defence.

It appears that the assailants were waiting in a car outside his residence and he was fired upon moments after he had come out of his residence.

Today's murder is the fourth in a series of killings involving high-profile individuals. Four unknown assailants gunned down the former State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Siddique Khan Kanju, along with a former Member of Parliament, Mahmood Aslam Joya, on Saturday evening in Multan District.

On Friday the Managing Director of the Pakistan State Oil, Shaukat Mirza, was killed in Karachi in broad daylight.

There have been speculations in the Pakistan media on the motives behind the murders particularly the killing of the public sector chief executive.

A section of the media has speculated that the brutal killing of the high-profile executive could be part of the sectarian violence that has engulfed the mega city in the last few months.

Benazir expresses concern

The former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), Ms. Benazir Bhutto, has expressed `deep concern' over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and urged the Government to attend to its basic responsibility of providing security to its citizens rather than ``wasting time, effort and resources in chasing political opponents and eliminating people's representatives from the political scene''.

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