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PAK CAULDRON: At least 65 killed in Pakistan as political violence erupts!

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July 9, 2011 /

Fires burn in a Karachi street following a surge of angry clashes.
Fires burn in a Karachi street following a surge of angry clashes. Photo: AFP.
A thousand troops of the Frontier Constabulary have been sent into Karachi with orders to shoot to kill after three days and nights of political violence claimed at least 65 lives in Pakistan's biggest city.

The violence has been blamed on loyalists of former coalition partners, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP).

The MQM represents Urdu speakers known as mohajirs - the Urdu word for migrants - whose families moved to Pakistan from India during partition in 1947, while ANP supporters are Pashto speakers, who come from north-west Pakistan.

Violence between the two groups has claimed hundreds of lives in Karachi since the mid-'80s.

''At least 65 people have been killed in the violence since Tuesday. The number of injured is around 100,'' Sharjeel Memon, the information minister in the southern province of Sindh, said. Other reports put the death toll as high as 81.

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